How to incorporate your mood in your task planning
The dark days aren’t over yet. We are in the middle of winter and the weather sure is depressing, to say the least. Not the ideal circumstances that can for sure affect your mood. However, it turns out that we should actually start embracing a bad mood. A bad mood turns out to be wonderful for your productivity, so I found out in a magazine article last week. This week I would like to share this great news with you, along with some more fun facts about how to embrace your different moods and optimise your task execution.
I am not proud of myself when I snap (usually at Bart), when I am cranky. However, I think I just found the perfect excuse to make all that guilt go away. Also, to help you lose all your guilt over your actions while being in a bad mood. Here it goes: a bad mood makes you more productive! Bad moods enhance your executive functioning, improving for instance your focus, time management and prioritisation skills. I say: let it (the guilt) go, let it go…
When we are in a good mood we are more likely to take on unpleasant but necessary tasks. We tend to see happiness as a kind of resource. When we are happy enough, we start doing unpleasant tasks and are able to delay our gratification until our resources are depleted. Unfortunately, I have a ton of experience in this area. Whenever I am fully relaxed and happy, I tend to be a lot better with my chores around the house. No way I am unloading dishwasher when I am already in one of my “moods”. Poor Bart…
Getting your creative tasks done is also great when you are happy. We tend to much more open and distracted when we are happy. This is supposedly as fear shuts down that part of the brain (the amygdala) that is creative. Basically, when you are happy you see the world in a panoramic view and are able to make connections that with a focused view would have never been in your line sight.
Nobody likes to be sad, but did you ever think about why we even feel this emotion? The most likely answer to a question like this always seems to be that we need it for something. Sadness allows us to process information and think better. This means that when you are in a sad mood, you are actually more analytical. Don’t you love the way that there is an upside to feeling sad?
Sadness also helps you in discussions. Research has indicated that sad people are better able to formulate their arguments. These arguments also seem to more relevant. Most likely as a result of the improved information processing. If you want to have things go your way, make sure to discuss when you are feeling down.
Another interesting fact is that sad people have proven to be much better at face recognition. This is supposedly because sad people tend to look less towards the eyes and more towards the others parts of the face such as a nose. Note to self: should I be worried given that one of my talents seems to include recognizing people (minus their names that is)?
Strangely enough I came across another benefit of being sad: being able to detect lies better. Again because you are better able to process information when you are sad, lie detection is also improved.
If there is one thing I have learned writing this article, it would be that we should all massively embrace sadness and bad moods. Who knew that this may even be the key to productiveness? Why do we all seem to be fixated with the idea that we should be happy all the time? Let’s all welcome our bad and sad moods next time they are around and use this to further excel!
Fun fact: I have read that in the near future there will be a smartphone app to work on their “to-do” lists based on their moods. For the moment, I am just going to use the emoticons in my Edo Agenda planner to track my productivity doing certain tasks to optimize my productivity further.
P.s. don’t you just love this picture? I am so obsessed! We are currently checking out our holiday destinations for this year. Madagascar actually seems to make the cut this year and I couldn’t be more excited to see a lemur in their natural habitat this year!