6 Ways to Guarantee a Good Day
1. SET YOUR MOOD
Our brains can only process a certain amount of information at any time. If you’re in a bad mood, you will naturally focus on negatives. Decide to notice positive things and you’ll see more of them.
2. WIN OVER DIFFICULT COLLEAGUES
Snappy comments or unanswered emails are usually someone’s brain going into defensive mode. They feel undermined. Diffuse tension by considering what might have triggered their defences.
3. MAKE THINGS HAPPEN
We’ve evolved with social brains, so we’re more receptive to things that relate to people. With proposals, explain how they will affect others. Want someone else to resolve a problem? Say how it will make your life easier.
4. SAIL THROUGH SETBACKS
Our fight-flight-freeze response lowers our ability to reason under stress. Reduce the sense of immediate threat by imagining you’re giving advice to a friend or reflecting on the situation in a year’s time.
5. DON’T MULTITASK
Constantly switching tasks soaks up time and mental energy. Batch them together – for example, create one or two ‘zones’ in the day when you blitz emails.
6. END ON A HIGH
People rate an unpleasant experience less badly if it ends on a positive note. Try finishing every day – and ideally each task and conversation – by recapping the best bits.