I realized today that over the years I have conditioned myself to associate stress with productivity. The more stressed out I am, the faster I work and the more I get done.
Unfortunately this is not a healthy habit.
I wonder how many other people are like this? I imagine this is normal behavior for the most part.
My goal is to retrain my brain into associating happy and relaxed with productivity. I am a little apprehensive about how I am going to do this. I’ve been equating stress with productivity since the first time in high school I downed a pot of coffee and wrote a killer report (that I got 100% on). I was hooked from the get-go.
I like this post: Happiness is the Best Productivity Tool
It gives 10 reasons why happiness is awesome for getting work done:
Happy people work better with others
Happy people are more creative
Happy people fix problems instead of complaining about them
Happy people have more energy
Happy people are more optimistic
Happy people are way more motivated
Happy people get sick less often
Happy people learn faster
Happy people worry less about making mistakes – and consequently make fewer mistakes
Happy people make better decisions
Not to insinuate that I walk around all grumpy all of the time! Not true. I tend to put myself into stressful situations on purpose sometimes just to get work done (i.e. procrastination).
Anyone else out there finding themselves doing the same thing?