You are trying to do too many things at once, and all too quickly. Under pressure early in the month, you push as hard as you can to achieve results. The answer to the problem, however, is not force, but time. Separate the two main factors and deal with them individually. Better still, simply wait a few more weeks and watch: a better solution presents itself naturally, requiring no intervention from you at all.

By Bernard Fitzwalter; Illustration: Sajid Wajid Shaikh