BY DANIEL DA SILVA LAY

Time is an emotion.

What do I mean by that?

Let’s say today was Monday and I presented you with plane tickets, all expenses paid for to go on an amazing holiday to the location of your choice. However, you had to complete everything by Thursday so that you could jet set on Friday.

What is the likelihood of you completing everything that you need to do that week even with a whole day less to finish it in?

(I’m guessing it’s fairly likely!)

Have you also noticed that time flies when you’re having fun and it feels like forever when you’re bored or unhappy?

That’s what I mean when I say that time is an emotion.

When you experience positive emotions, you perform better and are way more productive.

The good news is that you’re in charge of your emotions and they can be influenced.

So here are 6 ways to sustain positive emotions:

  1. Exercise and healthy eating
    Healthy body = healthy mind.
     
  2. Taking a break
    Taking a break can help manage stress and keep your emotions in check.
     
  3. Think of the final outcome
    Focusing on your goal keeps you motivated.
     
  4. Embrace difficult
    Having realistic expectations from the start, helps you to remain focused so that you’re not surprised when challenges appear.
     
  5. One step at a time
    Breaking things up into bite sized chunks, whether it’s a goal, a task or project, helps you avoid feeling overwhelmed.
     
  6. Realise that emotions have no control over you
    Take control of your emotions and you take control of your life.

And here’s a pro tip:

If you’re ever unsure, just do it and the “feeling like it” will follow. This is a great way to overcome procrastination.