Everyone experiences bad moods once in a while, some more often than others. Being in this kind of mood has a high chance of making you unproductive and unmotivated, but there are ways to work around this feeling. Your productivity doesn’t have to suffer just because of a bad mood. First things first, you have to recognise that you are in this mood and consciously take steps to work through it.
So how do you identify when you are in a bad mood or when someone else is in a bad mood? I’ll list out a few signs to look out for.
- Lack of motivation to do anything (sometimes mistaken for laziness)
- Doesn’t laugh at anything, no matter how funny
- Snaps at everyone angrily or sarcastically
- Usually more quiet than usual, barely communicates
Feel free to add yours in the comments section 😊
So what causes bad moods? Of course there is no particular cause. Sometimes it happens for no reason and other times you can’t even remember the reason. Whatever the nature, there is always a way to work around it and stay productive.
These tips have worked very well for me and if you find yourself in a bad mood you can give them a try.
Do something else
Call them distractions if you will, but the satisfaction from starting and finishing an activity, no matter how trivial, has a way of relaxing your which is very important when you are in a bad mood . Activities like cleaning, arranging your space, or getting a chore ticked off your to-do list, something that doesn’t require much brain power.
Listen to some music
There is a cliche saying that goes “music is food to the soul”- Music truly is soul food and when you are in a bad mood, you need music more than you know. Pick a playlist to listen to or better still, go with the flow and put your songs on shuffle. You never know what song will trigger your productivity button.
Do something you enjoy
This is one sure fire way to motivate yourself to be productive. Doing something you love will put you in a state of mind where you are ready to tackle any task. It could be watching a funny movie, creating a design, producing a music beat or even sketching/doodling. It could be going around disturbing people sef, but the bottom line is that it will relax your mind, making it ready to face the task ahead.
Break it into bits
When you’re in a bad mood, tasks always seem very complex or too difficult to complete, mostly because you just don’t feel like doing anything, but if you break up the task into small bits, say 3 or 4 parts, you can take breaks in between. This will reduce the overwhelming feeling thereby helping you achieve your goal of being productive.
Just wait it out
There are actually times when all the above won’t work. As much as I want to give you helpful tips, I also want to be realistic. There are times when you won’t just want to do anything but just “be”. At times like this, it’s good to sit back and let the bad mood pass. You can do some of number 3 while at it though *wink*
So how do you stay productive when you are in a bad mood? How do you push through that feeling of not wanting to do anything? Share with me in the comments section.