A recent article in the New York Times, The Importance of Naming Your Emotions, explores the topic of acknowledging your emotions in the workplace. We’re taught that emotions should be kept at bay when we’re working. If you’re angry, tired, or sad, you need to keep those feelings to yourself.
But, as the author of this article aptly points out, we’re only human. We all have tough days and rough patches. We don’t need to make them harder by stifling our feelings or keeping how we feel a secret. Ignoring how you’re feeling can make the task at hand even more challenging. We know anyone running an auction has a lot on their plate, and you can’t be expected to feel 100% up to the job all the time.
If you’re having a tough morning, after receiving some difficult news, it may not be the best time to reach out to donors or sponsors. Hearing a “no” might be a lot to take if you’re already feeling angry or hurt for personal reasons. It may be a better time to focus on mapping out your meeting schedule or promotional email schedule. Focusing on more neutral tasks like these can be easier when you are overcome with negative feelings.
You’ll be glad to know there’s an exciting flip side to getting in touch with how you feel, too. When you’re feeling happy, you’ve got a real opportunity! It’s a great time to start a new project, or dive back in to research you’ve been putting off. You can take advantage of your positive energy, and really make it work for you. The calls to your donors and sponsors you had to put off will be a breeze when you’re feeling happy and confident.
Don’t be afraid to be honest about how you feel, and to plan accordingly, when you’re approaching your work. It’s better to embrace feelings, good or bad, than pretend they don’t exist. Working with your feelings, instead of against them, can only help you.