How Your Mood Affects The Quality Of Your Work

How Your Mood Affects the Quality of Your Work

Common sense suggests the best way to get good work done is to try and be in a positive mood, but The Wall Street Journal points out that it's not always the case. Sometimes, a negative mood has benefits too.

As you can see in the chart above, your mood affects a lot of the decisions you make. Being in a good mood is excellent for being creative, but a negative mood can actually make you more attentive. Knowing what types of negative components might come with a mood can help you prevent them from happening.

For example, if you're super cheerful one day and try to just dive headfirst into a project, the Journal suggests slowing down a bit to seek out more information from co-workers before proceeding (bonus if you find someone in a negative mood to rein you in a bit). Conversely, if you're in a negative mood, recognise that you're prone to close-mindedness, so try not to shut down ideas immediately. Obviously the specifics are a little different for everyone, but it's something worth keeping in mind as you move throughout your day.

How Being a Worrywart Helps at Work [The Wall Street Journal]


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