Redirecting Your Frustrations for Productivity

Instead of getting frustrated, get productive. From Sybren Stuvel’s Flickr photostream.

It’s hard to work when you feel frustrated. If you have interpersonal issues with other people or discouragement from failures, then the emotions of entrepreneurship and business can thwart your best intentions of work. We live and die by our emotions to a large extent and it is hard to control the downside.

However, one discipline that can be turned into highly productive output when you experience frustrations is to get to work on something that can turn the negative feelings into motivation.

Emotions are powerful and I consider them fuel. If you are upset at a situation or a person, you can turn that into a starting point for great work.

For example, if you were wronged by a person in business, what if you doubled your efforts to do business with their competitor and make them successful? You may have not been as motivated otherwise.

If you find yourself stumped at a problem without recourse, what if you wrote in detail about it and shared it out with social networks? You may find new vendors, partners and friends in the process along with building your content assets.

There’s a lot of different ways to redirect frustrations. You can also try and ignore the feelings and keep pushing on with work you are supposed to do. I find this harder. If your mind and emotions are not aligned, then you end up spending a lot longer trying to focus and get something done.

A big part of productivity is to keep moving. Sometimes the right thing to be doing right now is get to a zeroinbox. Another time may be for researching. Still another could be to make calls and connect with people.

When you have frustrations, go with it and use the motivation to knock out work that is constructive. You will have rewarded yourself and made yourself feel better in the process.

If you have been in this situation, how have you dealt with frustration and productivity?

Published by Don Dalrymple

I partner with founders and entrepreneurs in startup businesses. I write and consult on strategy, systems, team building and growing revenue.

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