Every day seems to have its own problems doesn’t it?
If it’s not one thing, it’s another.
If it’s not big, it’s colossal.
Like you can’t even catch a break.
The problems of each day may be different but one basic thing remains the same.
There are problems every, damn, day.
You’re probably trying to accept it as a part of your everyday life. Thinking that there’s no way you can have a normal, ideal day.
But you can. You don’t have to keep living the same mistakes and problems over and over again.
Yeah, mistakes happen but they aren’t a way of life. Your day shouldn’t be filled with them.
Honestly, you’ll stop having daily problems if you stop repeating the same mistakes.
Each Day Is a Building Block
Every day may seem like nothing but when you look at the bigger picture and put it all together it really is something.
Each day adds to the next and builds up towards your future.
The bigger problem is, if every day is a crap shoot what do you think your future is going to be like?
Exactly, enter poop emoji.
Constantly repeating the same mistakes is poisonous to your future. It undermines everything you are trying to do.
It’s even worse when you know things aren’t what you want them to be, but you keep doing the same things anyway.
You end up being like a hamster on a wheel. Going around and around, running for hours but not ever getting anywhere.
After all that time, after all that effort you’re still in the same exact place.
Think About It
If you’re going to commit to doing things, the same way indefinitely it should be something that is successful for you. Something that’s worked for you in the past and continues to today.
So what do you have to do?
Thinking about what works and what doesn’t. Make an effort to ditch what’s keeping you on the hamster wheel and keep doing what’s working for you.
What’s actually successful.
That’s the kind of day you should be repeating every day, a successful, problem-less one.
That’s how you actually start building your future.
And this is how you do it:
1. Review the day
I know it kind of sounds like work but it’s really simple.
Each evening, take a few minutes to go over the highlights and low points of the day. Think about what went well, what you’d like to repeat.
But don’t forget about the not so great aspects of your day.
I know you’d probably like to forget the low points completely, but the point of this is to prevent them from happening again, not to dwell on them.
Think about what you can do to repeat and increase the positive points and eliminate the low points.
2. How’d you get here?
Seriously, ask yourself that. But not in the physical sense, of course.
Determine how the best parts of your day came to be and how the low points got away from you.
Like how at 7:15 this morning you spilled hot coffee on yourself.
You might want to figure out what let up to the point in the morning when your coffee up ended up sideways on the floor, with that roasted goodness leaking out onto the pavement.
All after tumbling off your stomach and down your leg.
Because couldn’t find your house keys while rushing out the door you now have to walk straight into the office with a stain down the left side of your body, because you didn’t have time to change.
3. Break the cycle
You can’t continue to live like this. Not even once a week.
Do you really want to stand over the sink each week trying to get coffee stains out of your best button up?
Hell no! You should be able to drop in the hamper without a single thought, not scrub holes into the fabric.
Besides, you don’t want your boss to think you’re a slob.
And who needs another first degree burn at the break of dawn.
Let’s not even talk about smelling like coffee all day without having a single sip.
Be determined not to live another day with a giant coffee stain on your shirt and not a single drop in your tummy.
4. Put it to work
Now you know how you got here.
So really, you know exactly how to avoid it.
You enjoyed the warm liquid goodness of your morning cup externally because you were rushing.
So what are you going to do now?
How about, tomorrow morning you get up the second time your alarm goes off. Giving yourself a few extra minutes so you can have your keys in your hand as you stroll out.
Yeah, that sounds a whole lot better than wearing parfum de coffee until 6pm in the evening.
5. Dismantle your reaction
The thought of getting up on time can seem unnecessary, only because you really don’t want to.
You’ll probably start to convince yourself that you can re-do the whole morning without really changing anything and it’ll magically turn out way better.
But it won’t.
You were rushing because you were late and running out of time. And you spilled your coffee because you were rushing. It all comes back to the same thing, rushing.
The only way to eliminate the main issue is to make more time. But you can’t turn back the minutes on the clock when you need them so you have to make the best of what you’ve got.
If you’re resistant to the idea of getting up early, it’ll be harder to do it.
Let go of those extra 10 minutes, you weren’t really sleeping anyway.
Who can sleep when the snooze reminder keeps going off right when you doze back off?
6. See yourself doing it
I know waking up the first time your alarm goes off seems like a tough task.
I like to let mine go off two or three times, ya know, just to make sure it’s working. I was going to get up anyway, really. Anyway…
But if you need the extra few minutes you either have to get up on time or *gasp!* earlier.
See yourself getting up a bit earlier and breezing through your morning.
No rushing, all organized, even with a few minutes to spare.
Watch yourself enjoy your first sip of coffee after locking your door and sliding the keys in your pocket.
Getting over the hump and starting your day on a positive note with a fresh cup of Joe.
7. Remember why you need to do it
Perhaps you recall my descriptive note before about stained clothes, burnt skin and an empty tummy.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Having a small slip up at the top of the morning can change the whole course of your day. Something bad can be the first of many. It just ends up being the start a domino effect.
It’s the first piece to fall… eventually taking down everything with it.
If you can prevent a bad day before it starts, why wouldn’t you?
You really don’t need to feel the pain again.
Trust me, once is enough.
8. Check it out
Once you start doing it you may not even notice how well it’s going.
But do take notice. Check out how great things are going.
Realize how you did it.
You didn’t want to let go of those 10-15 extra minutes of “sleep” but it’s doing wonders for you.
You probably won’t even remember the last time you spilled something on yourself.
Your colleagues will probably even start giving you compliments, I mean you really do look amazing without a Florida shaped coffee stain on your shirt and pants.
At first it can be hard getting into the groove of new things but once you check out how great you’re doing it’ll motivate you to continue.
Changing Your Day
You don’t have to continue to have problems every day. It is possible to have a smooth, successful day, one after another.
Aggravation and frustration don’t have to be major feelings in your day to day life. It can slowly go away while you begin to savor the victorious moments.
You just have to be proactive about repeating your successes more than your failures. It’s the only way to make progress.
Whether you need to review them daily or weekly, you’ll benefit greatly from making sure that everything is on track. That you’re building the future you want not making a mess.
It’s really worth the 15 minutes it would take. So just start today.
Wouldn’t you like to stop making the same mistakes day after day?