Expressing one’s feelings isn’t always appreciated. However, you can boost your productivity with your emotions. Here’s how!
What if I told you you can boost your productivity with your emotions?
At first, it might sound absurd, but it’s not. The idea of acting like a machine to prove your capacity couldn’t be more old-fashioned.
As topics such as emotional intelligence get more adepts, a new way of “feeling” at the workplace is growing.
Like the concept of multitasking for productivity is losing its place, the theory of being insensible as proof of strength is also being questioned.
How do you feel?
Have you ever had the opportunity to pay attention to your feelings throughout the day?
It’s as hard to acknowledge every single emotion we go through as it’s to acknowledge all our thoughts (unless you’re extremely Mindful).
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But what about those that provoke stronger reactions on you?
Things that generally shake my peace are:
- Irresponsible drivers.
- Lack of respect.
Depending on the situation around such events, I may feel:
These are strong emotions that can:
- Impair my judgment.
- Cause stress.
- Prevent me from performing accordingly.
Now think of negative situations that happened to YOU recently.
How did you FEEL? And what was the consequence of these feelings?
Negative emotions hurt our performance.
But positive emotions work as great productivity boosters!
Who doesn’t feel pumped when:
- Hearing good news?
- Being praised?
- Getting a raise or a promotion?
- Everything in life goes as planned?
That’s all part of the “magic” that positive thoughts and emotions have on us.
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So what kind of emotions do you want to nurture to become more productive?
Management is the solution
Why not closing our eyes to the unpleasant stuff and feed ourselves only on the bright side of life? If negative emotions are so bad for our success, it’s better to deny them, isn’t it?
The answer is no.
Life isn’t perfect, and that should not be a surprise to anyone.
Independent of our intention and how we perceive them, we feel all sorts of feelings (positive or not) during the day.
Therefore, as opposed to rejecting what’s going on in your heart, it’s much wiser to acknowledge and accept it.
You cannot control what you don’t understand. And you cannot understand something you deny.
That’s where acting like a machine brings you absolutely no good. Can you really go on as there was nothing at hand when:
- Your kid is sick?
- You lost someone dear to you?
- Going through relationship problems?
- Facing serious adversity?
I’m sure you do your best to pull yourself together, but while apparently everything is fine, there’s a turmoil inside of you.
Living this double life is stressful itself. To be able to manage what’s going on inside your heart and mind, you need to:
- Acknowledge your feelings.
- Understand their triggers.
- Manage them.
Ways to improve work performance with positive emotions
Once you know what you’re dealing with it’s time to act upon your emotions.
Since positive feelings help you achieve more during the day, why not focusing on them?
Some of the ways you can do it are by:
- Be positive no matter what.
- Meditate daily.
- Practice positive affirmations.
- Let go of grudges.
- Manage stress.
- Create a morning routine.
- Develop healthy habits.
- Be more kind.
- Live intentionally.
- Practicing the 5 steps of Mindful Planning™.
Boost your productivity with your emotions
To use feelings to increase productivity, you have to be willing to do what it takes to change your mindset.
We are bombarded with negative news, images, and words all the time.
Be aware that, at first, you’ll feel like swimming against the tide.
Yet, you have to stay focused on your objective and keep on moving.
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Before you go
Can you answer the following question in the comments below, please?
Have you ever noticed the connection between your emotions and your efficiency?