Understanding the relationship between your mood and your productivity is crucial. This episode helps explain what you can do to understand this key aspect of your entrepreneurial success.
Jason Owens, Founder of Renewable Confidence
How often do you think about what you are feeling? Your mood does affect your productivity. The question is how aware are you of this?
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Broadcasting from a small mountain town high in the Colorado Rockies, my name is Jason Owens, and this is The Renewable Confidence Podcast — a show that helps you renew your confidence in yourself and in your business every day.
So big question here today is how much does your mood affect your productivity? How much does your mood affect your productivity? So if you’re feeling up, you’re feeling great, does that mean you’re more productive? If you are feeling down and out, does that kind of take you out of the game? Well, that’s a great, great question. And the simple answer is it depends, right? So for you, I mean, this isn’t just a general question, how much does mood affect a person’s or affects someone’s productivity? I mean, for you, how much does it affect your productivity? And the reason I bring this up is yesterday I was just in a, uh, kind of, uh, a funk really.
I ended up having a, I won’t say it was bad news, I just got caught off guard by something. It was a bit of a surprise. It was a negative surprise. Um, wasn’t really anticipating this thing happening, but I mean, it certainly wasn’t awful, right? I mean, it was business related. It was, uh, just, just kind of a small thing. We’re just like a little bit of a punch in the gut. So again, it wasn’t a huge thing, right? I mean, we’re not talking about a knife in the back, we’re talking about a punch in the gut, right? So it wasn’t this huge thing, but still, it kind of kinda took me off my game. Right. So I’m going through the day and I’m just, I’m not feeling that great. I’m not feeling like I’m getting a lot done. I mean, I’ve got my checklist of course, and I have my projects I’m working on, right?
The signature program workshop coming up here for the fall session. I’ve got it, uh, coming up. So, you know, anyway, just, just kinda thinking stuff through and, and getting things done. And it really wasn’t until the end of the day when I sat down and just kind of made a list of, wow, what was it that I accomplished today? And I was surprised to see how much actually got done despite how I was feeling right now. This is a big area of growth for me because usually, well, I won’t say usually I’ll say in the past, uh, a bad day or something that took me off my game would really affect the rest of my day. But what I noticed last night when I was kind of accounting for my time, uh, yesterday is that I actually got a lot done. Uh, it was, it was pretty amazing. All right, so now this is again, this is, I just can’t even, I can’t even explain to you just how prominent hell, how much of a big deal this is because really it used to, it used to not be that case.
So let me tell you about an app. Here’s the app that I was using to just kind of help me take stock of the day. It’s called win streak, and that’s the word wind, w IN streak, S, T, R, E, a. K. and I went ahead, downloaded it. It’s pretty simple, pretty simple app. I mean literally it’s kind of a, it’s kind of an inverse checklist in that you don’t check things off when they’re done, right? You don’t take things off your list when you’re done for this one. Actually put things on the list when they’re done. So I went through wind streak and I just started adding things, right? So at the top part of the screen, it has the day, right? So what, whatever today’s date is, and then it says today’s wins and there’s a big plus sign by it and you just keep hitting that plus sign and it brings up a little text box and you type in what’s the, what’s one of your wins for the day?
And I tell you what, I, I was really surprised at just how much I was able to log in. How much work related stuff, right? Uh, an old standby for me used to be, well, if I’m having a bad day at work, then let me go do something at home. Well, uh, ended up not doing that yesterday. I just went ahead and stayed focus on work despite the fact that it wasn’t the best day in the world, you stayed focused, just buckled down and tried my best to just be mindful of, Hey, this is a pothole that I usually fall into and I need to make the choice of not falling into it. Right. I’ve spoken to that about that before in other episodes. So I recognized where I was and decided I’m going to step around this pothole rather than fall into it because if I fall into it and I’ve got to go to all that effort to get back out.
Right. So anyway, just decided not to play the game and I didn’t and it worked out very, very well. So again, that app is called wind streak, w I N S T R E, a. K. and you don’t need to download an app, right? To get the benefits of what I was talking about. It could simply be a journaling exercise that you just make a point of doing. The one thing that I like about the app is that you can actually go into the settings and you can set kind of a nagging time to say, Hey, remind me to come in at a certain point in the day and allow a, remind me to capture what it is that’s going well, right? So I went ahead and set that alarm on there. And on occasion, uh, I’ll start getting kind of deaf to the note that pops up every day.
So I’ve, I’ll change the time kind of back and forth so that it’s not always happening on the same day for very long. And that’s been a huge, huge help. So just wanting to pass that tip along to you because if you find that your mood affects your productivity, and to be very candid, that’s going to be most of us, right? So if your mood affects your productivity, you gotta have some tools that’s going to help you, number one, realize where you are. And number two, give you some ability to make sure you’re choosing a good path there. Don’t choose the path that leads straight towards the sinkhole. Choose the path around the sinkhole. Right? So anyway, that is the tip that I have for you today is just just bringing some awareness. And there are several other episodes that I have in the podcast series here that talk about, um, a gym membership for your mind.
I think that’s a, that’s a really good one to start off with. And then I think there’s one that talks about, um, do you know where you are? Right? So go in and look for that one. Anyway, both of those are really good episodes. It just kind of bring this awareness to the forefront and allow it to start being a massive tool for your productivity rather than having your mood be a tool that brings you down. All right, so that’s what I have, everyone, I hope you guys are having a great day. Stick around if you are binge listening, we’ve got plenty of episodes behind this ones. Oh, thanks so much for joining me. My name is Jason Owens. This is the renewable confidence podcast, and we’ll talk to you soon. Bye. Bye.
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