Days that don’t go exactly as planned

What to do about those days that don’t go exactly as you planned them out?

I used to stress uncontrollably worrying that things are not going according to my plan. if it is taking longer, for example, to finish the job than expected. Maybe something doesn’t turn out perfect that I’ve painted. Or maybe someone else? It really takes a lot of forethought to avoid to even attempt to foresee MOST of the potential problems. I try to have contingency plans for contingency plans.

I guess that’s where experience really comes in handy. The ability to know how to proceed. Even with some minor problems! Problems that will probably seem all but forgotten long after being able to enjoy the finished product.

I guess the wise thing to do is just slow it down. Think about my plans for these things just a little more!  I mean it’s clear to me that no matter how hard anybody tries, sometimes things just don’t go as planned. Today it was a flat tire on the interstate. Put me behind at least an hour, which for someone for whom it is as important to be on time to me, it makes every minute a worry. I think talking to the customers beforehand. At the beginning of the job that sometimes I have to allow for these possibilities. Especially when you have jobs running concurrently, or overlapping. As dedicated as I am to this profession, it requires that I distance myself, not take it so personally that something is wrong. The, you fix it. If it takes more time, or more paint. When level heads prevail then at the end of the project you, and your customers, can usually feel like the right things have been done, the right way. Even if it doesn’t go exactly as you planned. I wonder what the psychiatrist would think?