Thriving Cognitively and Affectively

From the ESMS Intern’s Desk

By Jen Gallo

This week at ESMS, we were asked to find an article in the Harvard Business Review that we could relate to our time here as interns, as well as our personal lives.  I chose an article titled Managing Yourself: An Antidote to Incivility.   What drove me to this article was the fact that I could use what was discussed in the article in my work life and in my personal life.  It is important to work on improving yourself and focusing on personal happiness in order to bring positivity and mutual respect to any situation that life may throw at you.

This article mentioned that it is key to focus on personal growth, specifically by learning to thrive “cognitively” and “affectively”.  By achieving these goals, you grow to be a more productive and positive person.  Feeling healthy, excited, and productive is key to feeling happy and content at work and in life. hbr photo

Thriving cognitively includes expanding learning opportunities and challenging yourself.  This article mentioned that by working closely with a mentor can help keep the brain working by having someone to consistently increase their productivity.  Luckily, here at ESMS, we are such a tight- knit team that Cynthia is here to mentor us every day.  She is always there to help us and give us new projects that keep us thinking and challenging us in ways that allow the use of our creativity.  This use of creativity leads to productivity and makes us feel like an important part of the ESMS team.  The article also focused on the importance of thriving affectively.

Thriving affectively is the focus of making healthy lifestyle choices that impact your state of mind which leads to positive attitudes in the workplace.  The article mentioned the importance of the combination of a sufficient night’s sleep, exercise, and healthy eating.  Lack of sleep can increase “your susceptibility to distraction and robs you of self-control”.  It is important to be focused in the work place and the amount of sleep you get can have a huge impact on how productive you are.  Exercise was also mentioned as in important factor in thriving affectively.  It is proven to increase “cognitive firepower and mood”.  This combined with eating healthy leads to more energy and a better feeling about tasks you complete.  Here at ESMS we are all gym goers and try to focus on healthy eating that lead to a productive and up beat work environment.  We take the time to take care of ourselves, which reflects positively on us as individuals, but also as the company as a whole.

The tips on managing stress and making an enjoyable work environment are useful in my life today, and will also be extremely helpful in the future when I enter the workforce.  I am grateful that the ESMS team is so close-knit that working on thriving cognitively and affectively comes easily.   This article had many great tips on being a more productive employee and more positive person which can be useful in the workplace and even everyday situations.  Thriving cognitively and affectively are an important aspect that can be explored and applied to anyone in the work field.

Harvard Business Review, Managing Yourself: An Antidote to Incivility

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Jen Gallo