Manage Your Mood To Get More Done

Published: June 5, 2014
By: Faye Hollands

If you do a search for time management techniques on the internet Google will generously bring up pages and pages of ideas, tips and options to help you get more done in less time.  But there’s one topic that most traditional training courses and articles don’t cover, which is surprising given how dramatically it can impact how productive you’ll be on any given day.  So if you’re looking to plow through your to-do list a little more quickly, or simply want to fine tune your productivity know-how, make sure you don’t by-pass this golden nugget…

Start Your Day Right

Research from Shawn Achor’s book ‘The Happiness Advantage‘ shows that Doctors put in a positive mood before making a diagnosis show almost three times more intelligence and creativity than doctors in a neutral state, and they make accurate diagnoses 19% faster. Optimistic salespeople outsell their pessimistic counterparts by 56%, and students primed to feel happy before taking math achievement tests far outperform their neutral peers.

So you see, our brains are actually hardwired to perform at their very best when we’re in a good mood.  But try and do something when you’re feeling ‘just ok’ or in a more negative state and the odds are already stacked up against you before you’ve even started!

What has this got to do with getting more done? Well most people start their day looking at their to-do list, working through their emails, or planning what meetings they need to attend, instead of focusing on the one thing that can actually make or break the success of all of those activities – their mood.

If you start your day off on the wrong foot you can trigger a reactionary course of events that has the ability to derail your entire day, including how much you can get done and the quality of that work.  When you feel out of control, stressed or anxious you can’t possibly be your most productive self, and we all know it’s easier to procrastinate when you’re in a bad mood!

So the first thing you need to do if you want to get more out of our day is to manage you feel.

What makes you feel great in the morning? Consider your routine and jam pack it full of the activities that make you feel calm and in control.  For me that’s having a clear plan of action for the day, going for a run before work, and getting organised the night before so that I can manage the chaos of having two small children that need taking to daycare before work!  If I go to bed with no pre-planning and just wing-it my mood definitely suffers the next day, and so does my productivity.  It’s as simple as that.

So what are the 3 things that help you get off to a flying start in the morning? TIP:  Coffee isn’t a legitimate answer!  Post your killer ideas below….

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Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.

To receive your FREE MP3 download of Faye’s popular teleseminar ‘How To Create A Career You Love‘ and weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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One Response to Manage Your Mood To Get More Done

  1. Jo

    Thanks for this, Faye. Such a great tip.
    I find that as the days get colder, the last thing I want to do upon waking up is go out and walk the dog, and yet doing just that is the best way to ensure I’ll be in a good mood and have a productive day.
    Something to remember tomorrow when I’m tossing up between more time under the doona and braving the weather!

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