Does everyone have cues that, for whatever reason, tell them when things are not going well or are reasonably on track? Mine seem very random. The top thing on my list is this: if I have a sink with clean dishes on the drying rack, things are probably going well. I love the sight of a sink with no dirty dishes, just on its own, but that in combination with clean ones drying on the other side tells me I have my shit together well enough to cook actual food AND wash the dishes.
Things are never going well when dishes pile up in the sink and spill on to the counter. I hate going to sleep with dirty dishes in the sink. Kind of random. I just realized this about myself. I'm wondering if I can force a better mood on myself by washing the dishes and tricking myself into thinking things are peachy.