A simple rule


I read a few newsletters and articles. Last night Austin Kleon posted his simple rule about:

Don’t think too much about your life after Dinnertime

This made me read his post (linked above) and triggered something for myself. Now Austin is talking about the weird time after work where things can look more gloomy than they actually are. And he’s got plenty of examples. I guess everybody can relate to that when you either reflect on what you’ve done this day or could have done, or should have done differently, or …. Yes, and the more you contemplate about it the more distressed you could get and wake up in the middle of the night thinking about it a bit more.

Stop that. Take a break.

Don’t look at your work email in the evening unless you made a commitment.

Don’t create an expectation that others should watch out for late emails from you either.

Thinking about what you could have done differently is a recipe for despair. Writing down what you need to think about tomorrow is good planning. This was also a topic in my latest Health & safety training at work (ZIP – zero incident process). There we discussed the need for the brain to have a break or it runs ‘hot’ and it is more likely for you to make bad decisions.

This brings me back to what Austin’s simple rule reminded me of.

If you are upset about something, don’t make a rush decision, sleep on it and

Deal with Problems in Daylight.