What You Can Do To Instantly Change A Bad Day To Great

“You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don’t help.” 
Bill Watterson

The alarm goes off. Set it for 7 instead of 6 AM.

Jump out of bed and smash my left shin running to the bathroom.

Cut myself shaving.

Jump in the shower and after I’m wet, realize there is no shampoo.

Stub a toe in the dark looking for my shoes.

Traffic is EASILY, 3 times as bad as it usually is. 5 people cut me off on the way to work, versus the normal 3. Slowpokes are out in force, cruising down the avenue.

“I’ve had the kind of bad day no quote can fix.” 
Richelle E. Goodrich

Burger King is out of French Toast Sticks. Aaargh!

There is a brown out at work as I am booting up.

Finally, to take the cake, I fish my glasses out of the backpack. Frame broken.

You get the picture. A really BAD day.

“I’ve had the sort of day that would make St. Francis of Assisi kick babies.” 
Douglas Adams

So here’s what I do:


Bad Day Remedy 101

1. Take a deep breath, count to ten while exhaling

This really does help!

2. Scan my To Do list

Grab the 3 easiest tasks, and knock them out immediately. This helps to focus on something useful and elicits an immediate sense of accomplishment.

It steers me away from the bad stuff that I have already experienced and into a Can Do, Good Day mood.

3. Grab the grungiest task from my list and dive right in

Even if I can’t finish it, I make significant progress, and I feel good about that.


Poof! Bad Day gone.

It works for me. What kinds of things do you do when you are experiencing a bad day, besides throwing the covers over your head and going back to sleep?

“The day was ill-omened from the beginning; one of those unlucky days when every little detail seems to go wrong and one finds oneself engaged in a perpetual and infuriating strife with inanimate objects. How truly fiendish the sub-human world can be on these occasions! How every atom, every cell, every molecule, seems to be leagued in a maddening conspiracy against the unfortunate being who has incurred its obscure displeasure!” 
Anna Kavan