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How to Optimize Your Emotions and Maximize your Productivity

Dr. Nikki Martinez, Lead Contributor
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I think that no one would put up much of an argument at the concept that individuals who have the best control of their thoughts and emotions, are more productive and successful than those who are not.

Therefore, learning to control our emotions, and even build upon the most useful ones can only help us be the most successful version of ourselves.

In a professional environment, having full control of our emotions is essential for everyday functioning, but can we take things to a whole new level to keep building upon our productivity and success?

The answer is yes!

First we should start by identifying emotions that are counter-productive to our productivity.

These are emotions like worry, stress, anger, judgement, being overwhelmed, and resentment.

Emotions like these in the workplace are counter-productive and keep us from reaching our full potential.

They keep us stuck in a negative mindset, as well as cause us to lose our focus on the task at hand.

So, it is not just better, it is essential that we learn to control these emotions and keep them out of the workplace as much as possible.

Instead we must shift our focus to emotions that enable us to achieve our full potential, be extremely productive, and achieve our goals.

Emotions that are of this nature are being positive, solution-focused, problem-solving, inquisitive, attentive, belief in our capabilities.

If we are able to tap into these instead, our potential, and our productivity will increase greatly.

So what might it look like to work these emotions and qualities into our workday?

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Here are some suggestions for how you can use them, and why they are so important to our level of productivity.

Have a look and see how different your productivity level and workday can be!

1. Being Positive

Being positive can be contagious.

While you may have the occasional crabby person who does not appreciate your exuberance, most people will feed off of your positive attitude, and it will make them want to be positive as well.

What is most important is that you Being positive, and if you do, others will often follow.

Next thing you know, you have a team that believes in their mission working together.

2. Being Solution-Focused

There is nothing worse than the person who points out all the problems, but never provides any solutions.

However, if you are someone who identifies the problem, but also comes prepared with solutions too it, you will be a hero, or at least appreciated.

3. Being a Problem-solver

Going along with being solution-focused, is Being positive.

This is when you are the type of person who does not get stuck on a problem, but brainstorm’s and tries various ways to solve the problem, instead of complaining about it.

People appreciate someone who go about things from this frame of mind vs someone who seems to be all doom and gloom, and only points out everything that is wrong and impossible.

4. Being inquisitive

This is a great quality to possess.

I always tell my patients and my students that there are no stupid questions.

If you are thinking it, it is likely that others are too, but are simply not asking.

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Being inquisitive starts a dialogue, seeks to get answers, and helps you get to solutions.

If you ask the right question, you may be shocked at all the eureka moments you have, and the way in which things can come together for you.

5. Being attentive

There is truth to the saying that it is all in the details.

Learn to appreciate them, and notice the difference the small details make.

I always tell people to break large goals down into small and manageable tasks.

This becomes about the details.

Asking yourself, “What can I do today, this week, or this month,” that gets me closer to my ultimate goal.

By looking at things from this frame of mind, goals are suddenly not so overwhelming, and things seem much more manageable.

When we work on and focus on these smaller tasks, we have a huge sense of accomplishment, and make more forward momentum towards our goals.

6. Believing in our capabilities

Belief is an important positive emotion.

Belief in ourselves may be the most important sense we can have.

If we believe in our ability to achieve our goals, we are more likely to be successful at them.

There is truth is that we have to believe in ourselves if we expect others too.

Also, belief in ourselves, and in the ability for a project that we are leading to be successful can be contagious to the rest of the team.

If they see that we believe it, there is a good chance they will start to as well.

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