Instead of feeling that you’ve blown the day and thinking, “I’ll get back on track tomorrow,” try thinking of each day as a set of four quarters: morning, midday, afternoon, evening. If you blow one quarter, you get back on track for the next quarter. Fail small, not big.
The idea here is to accept that failure is a given. Nobody walks through life (or embarks on a career path) without stumbling unexpectedly. Thinking of the day in terms of quarters normalizes the inevitability of failure and the idea that you still have a chance to recover—because there’s always another quarter to make up lost ground
to truly succeed you’ll have to get used to allocating and investing your effort throughout the four quarters of your day—morning, midday, afternoon, and evening.