When our thoughts are constantly being led astray by interruptions from all angles, it's important to keep focussed on the positives in order to stop your entire day falling to unproductivity.
Becoming more accepting of the present moment, acknowledging external distractions but not allowing them to knock your focus is crucial. Taking a few minutes to re-focus after hearing some distracting news, or changing your routine if you're stuck in a rut with a specific project can make all the difference.
Be proactive about creating a positive state of mind at work, and you're less likely to feel the paralysis of inaction.
The good news is you can turn a bad day into a good one. “Happiness is a choice,” says Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage. Even when something objectively negative happens—your star employee gives notice or you’re late to an important meeting with the CEO—it’s important to focus on the positive things that are also happening. “Studies show that when you’re positive, you’re 31% more productive, you’re 40% more likely to receive a promotion, you have 23% fewer health-related effects from stress, and your creativity rates triple,” he explains. Discontent is also contagious, adds Annie McKee, founder of the Teleos Leadership Institute and coauthor of Primal Leadership. “Your negative emotions spread like wildfire,” she explains. “It’s worth changing your mood, not just to make your day more pleasant and productive but to spare those around you.”