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How to turn around a bad day at the office in 5 simple steps

It doesn't matter where you work or what you do, you're going to have a rough day at some point. 

They never get easy to deal with, and sometimes they can seriously affect your confidence (and your productivity).

That's why we've put together a simple step-by-step guide for turning a bad day at the office around...

Step 1. Pinpoint the problem

First up, try to identify the root of the problem. What's the one real issue you're having today?

If there's more than one thing that's bothering you, try to think back to the first thing that went wrong today – it's likely this was the problem that psychologically sent you down this path.

Step 2. Evaluate the situation 

Okay, now take this core problem and rate it on a scale of 1-10. 

10 being the most serious issue you've ever faced in the office before, and 1 being the most minor niggle you can generally solve straight away – where does this problem lie on that scale?

After that, map out calmly and clearly how you should go about solving this problem, and on what timescale. But don't take action yet!

Step 3. Take a break

Take a quick break – the old rule of thumb is: if you think you're not moving fast enough, you need to slow down. 

This problem won't get solved by rushing into a solution. Think about your intended plan of action and let it rest for a little while.

Step 4. Get perspective

A bad day can happen for reasons out of your control, but the right response to a bad day is all up to you. 

If the situation is still getting to you, take some perspective by writing a quick list of all the things you've done right over the last week. 

It might all of a sudden feel as if you can't get anything right, but you need to remember that it's just not the case!

Step 5. Get on with it!

By now you should have identified the root cause of your bad day (or at least the thing that started it), thought clearly about your way of tackling it, and had time to sit back and get some perspective on it.

What's next? Move on to the next issue!

Remember what Winston Churchill said: "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." He also said: "If you're going through hell, keep going" – whichever of those is more pertinent to your situation...

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