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Do you know how to manage your mood at work?

Happiness and productivity go hand-in-hand.

Our emotions tell us a lot about what’s going on under the surface. If you’re at work and find yourself feeling unproductive, careless with details, or more forgetful than usual, chances are your mood has something to do with it. These things affect your job performance, so it’s important to get to the root of them!

Mood tracking is a great way to spot patterns in mood and behaviours. These patterns can help you identify when and how you thrive in the workplace.

You can track your mood in a couple of ways: some people journal, some use apps, some create charts - it’s up to you! At CodeGem, we’ve integrated wellness pulses into our workday. A few times a day, we submit a mood check-in & include who or what influenced our mood. Then, we can analyze patterns and integrate these analytics into 1:1 meetings.

Here’s an example of how you can use mood tracking insights to affect your work:

Imagine you track your mood every morning. After a few months, you’re feeling frustrated because you keep missing deadlines that occur early in the week. Looking at your mood calendar, you realize that you rarely feel good Monday morning - you might feel tired, sluggish, or unmotivated.

The missed deadlines line up with your mood pattern - you’re at your happiest towards the end of the week, and you get the most work done then. Earlier in the week, you’re less motivated and therefore less likely to meet hard deadlines. Tracking your mood gives you new insight into scheduling project deadlines for later in the week, when you’re feeling happy and productive, which will help you get things in on time!

How to start mood tracking:

  1. Pick a tracking tool (if you’re using a journal, you’ll have to create a “scale” too - we’d recommend something like “very happy, happy, neutral, unhappy, very unhappy”, for example)
  2. Decide how often you’ll track - once a day? More often? The more often you track, the more data you’ll have to analyze, but you also need to factor in sustainability. To start, we’d recommend tracking twice a day, at the start and end of your workday.
  3. Create a way to visualize your results. Some apps & sites will create charts for you (like CodeGem!) - handwritten tracking (journaling) will require you to make your own
  4. Reflect on the patterns you see & take action based on the results! We’d also recommend taking quick notes when you submit mood check-ins so you know what events correlate with very strong moods.

To learn more about CodeGem’s mood tracking, check out this link! Be sure to follow CodeGem’s blog for more content.