Bad day at work

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Mistake #1: You Stop What You're Doing
Distracting yourself when you're stuck can help you find creative solutions to problems, but when you're in a bad mood you may want to focus on certain tasks. In a study from the University of New South Wales in Australia, shoppers on both bright sunny days (when they were feeling happy) and gloomy days (when they were cranky) took a memory test on 10 random objects at the checkout counter. Unhappy participants had better recall and accuracy compared to those with sunshine-y attitudes. Turns out being upset helps focus your mind. Rather than throw up your hands out of frustration at work, use this time to focus on projects that require a lot of your attention.