Your feelings affect your work and productivity. Full stop. Like when you feel like dirt or rubbish. When you feel good, you get loads done and when you feel crap your work suffers.
It always amazes me how I’m FEELING can affect the day.
Like when I feel good – safe, happy, awake, warm, safe, healthy, love, low stress and just plain awesome – well I smash out content and tick off the To Do list like it is going out of fashion. I work faster and more productive then probably 3 people! I am in the zone.
Versus when I feel like DIRT, my work turn turns from potentially epic to epic failure and really unproductive.
Like yesterday, I was feeling like rubbish and I got so little done. We had been away on a camping trip for a couple of days and on cloud nine but came back home and the ‘back to reality’. Then someone said a few words that that took me from to pissed in 3.5 seconds. Which I couldn’t shake.
I had a crap night sleep, upset in the morning and feeling low, tired, anxious, stressed the rest of the day.
Those negative feelings affect your work. Full Stop.
They are energy sucks and time procrastinators. I felt low, low energy, low motivation, low productivity and low output of work. It is all interconnected. It is a bitter pill as a self-confessed content-creation machine.
Most of the time I feel good, in fact amazing. And that is when I can create, write and blog out the wazoo.
But there are times I was not good. I was not okay. I actually hated my life. With the last 2 years of custody stuff, it has been rough. REALLY ROUGH.
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Two years ago I couldn’t work on my blog. For months. We didn’t see my boyfriend’s daughter for 8 months and I went through the grief that I can only imagine similar to kidnapping – we could not see or talk to her. I cried. He cried. We cried. Together and separate. I was lost in a sadness.
We got to start seeing her again, which coincided with many court dates, lawyers and more of that jazz. Around that 18 month period, we spent $25k in custody stuff. It was like paying 2 mortgages – our house and customer. All on $50k per year income. The word STRESS doesn’t seem to adequately describe it.
And I started feeling nauseous, light headed, wanting to throw up pretty much constantly. Anxiety was a new beast to raise its ugly head. Anything custody related happened and anxiety went through the roof. I started rocking, unconsciously, uncontrollably. If I was sitting, I was rocking. That was why I was so nauseous. All while working full time and a blog business.
Do not compare my productivity and my work to yours. We are all on different paths, different journeys. It all depends on what is going on under the hood – the feelings. Your feelings matter. Your feelings are valid.
Does your Feelings Affect Your Work?
Of course, they do! Because we are human + we experience + we have emotions. It is why we love what we do so much – because of our passion!
For me, it is about working with what I have. Working from my highest self and doing the best I can in any moment in time. I can not do any better than that!
6 Steps for When Feelings Affect Your Work
1.) Your feelings are valid.
Your feelings matter. Your feelings are valid. You are allowed to feel your feelings.
Just remember you aren’t your feelings. ”I feel like shit” and ”I am shit”’ are not the same thing.
2.) Write it out.
Journal, diary, brain dump, bullet point. Grab a pen and paper and write it out. Like I am right now.
You will feel at least 1% better and that is a massive win!
Choice is the most powerful word in the English language. Choose that your feeling won’t ruin your day. That you can choose for it to feel better soon.
Remember your feelings are valid, but they are not you and do not define you.
4.) Water + walk.
Have a drink of water and go for a walk. It will make you feel % better. That is human science for you.
At the very least put your feet on the earth.
5.) Be gentle with yourself.
Don’t push as hard when you feel like dirt.
I’m not saying allow yourself excuses and do nothing. I’m saying don’t go at 100% if you don’t feel 100%. Don’t put yourself down for feeling like dirt and not able to run a marathon, when today is more of a casual stroll type of day.
6.) Re-write that To Do list.
Reprioritize and look at what is actually important vs. urgent. Maybe today isn’t the day for a huge project and reschedule.
Re-write so that you know you will feel good or better about what you get done and know that once you start and tick stuff off your list you will get a sense of accomplishment. And that will fuel you a little bit more.
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