Ever Have One Of Those Weeks?

Having a bad day
Photo by Orange Beard

You know those weeks where it seems like everything goes wrong. No matter what you do life throws a few more curveballs at you than usual and the outcome of everything seems to be the one you didn’t want. I know you’ve had those weeks. We all have them. I’m having one this week. What do you do when you have one of those weeks?

Email problems, server problems, bad timing, tools not working, problems sending out bills; you name it and it probably happened to me this week. As soon as I woke up Monday morning it started. Yet looking back at the last few days I managed to complete most everything I wanted to do. At the very least I took care of everything I had to do and other than skipping a post earlier in the week it’s doubtful anyone would have known it was anything other than an ordinary week for me. It’s one thing to have one of those weeks and another to let if affect you.

I’ve posted about perceptions several times in the past usually along the lines of how perception impacts value, or alters a message you’re trying to communicate. I’ve mentioned how buying decisions are based on perceived value and now I want to add one more to the list.

Perception affects your mood and can subsequently change the kind of day or week you’re having.

Have a Better Week by Changing Your Perception

Most of us have a tendency to take things personally and overreact to what life throws at us. The truth is very few things in life are emergencies and most of the time if you can accept that it’s not such a big deal it won’t be.

When you allow the negative to affect your mood other people feed off that and respond to your negativity. You tend to make more mistakes further adding to your bad day. What if you instead reacted to the negative by being positive.

Years ago I worked a lot of retail jobs. Employees, including me, were underpaid and treated poorly. We in turn took it out on customers who would go on to complain about us and the store. One day I decided to flip the cycle. I realized the rude customer in front of me was probably not rude in general. She was likely just reacting a few things that had put her in a bad mood at the moment. Instead of treating a rude customer in kind, I smiled and joked with her. It was amazing how quickly the rudeness went away and how much more pleasant our interaction became. I treated her well and she fed off that and responded by treating me well. I felt better and had more positive interactions and more good feeling through the rest of the day. A simple smile turned a bad day into a good one.

By changing my perception of a person in front of me I was able to alter the course of my own mood for the remainder of the day.

Think about your last bad day. How did it start? How did you react? Did your reaction to the problem lead to more problems? How much of what happened after the initial event could have been avoided with a subtle change in attitude on your part?

This week wasn’t a great one for me. It wasn’t the first one of those weeks I’ve had and it won’t be the last. But it won’t affect next week, because I didn’t let it. I dealt with what the week threw at me as best as I could and moved on.

Laughter is the Best Medicine

The next time your day starts with a problem try your best to deal with it and then let it go. Unless you let it affect you it probably isn’t that bad. I find that laughter is often the best medicine. When you’re having one of those weeks see the irony in it all and laugh it off. In that spirit I’ll leave you with a video I found via Marketing Pilgrim a couple of days ago. Thank you Jordan’s husband for the find.

Enjoy the video and the weekend and maybe Monday I’ll have something a little more insightful to say.

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10 comments

  1. @Kristine – I knew you were having one of those weeks. I was thinking about you while writing this.

    @Jordan – Somehow I knew you were going to drop by and leave a comment. I figured you’d get a kick out of my thanking your husband. See I pay attention when I read.

  2. I complain on twitter until one of my followers makes me feel better. haha. It’s sad, but it’s true…. and it always works. Trusty Twitter to make right with the world.

  3. Funny. I guess this means your laptop is still in the bed with you. I’m being good and not starting another project so I can get some sleep for a change.

    Twitter is still a relatively new thing for me, but I’ve been addicted since the first. Twhirl is one of the first programs I open in the morning and one of the last I close at night. Even on days I don’t tweet much it’s fun to listen in on everyone else’s conversation.

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