The When Feeling Bad IQ Matrix explores how to get yourself back on track when you’re feeling bad, and your productivity is slipping away. We all go through periods when doubts, stress, worry, and fear set in. These nagging feelings not only make us feel horrible, but they also impact how we work throughout the day. Unless we take charge of these feelings, then our day could very quickly slip away.
The map identifies three common reasons why you’re probably feeling bad. It then walks you through how to take control of these feelings and take charge of your day. Using this map will help you get on top of how you feel before it impacts your productivity and ruins your entire day.
Here is a quick breakdown of each branch of the When Feeling Bad IQ Matrix:
- CAUSES: When you start feeling bad during the day, this is often a result of a combination of three key factors. These reasons include (1) feeling fatigued, (2) negative reactions, or (3) prolonged rumination. The first branch of this map takes you through each of these factors and helps you identify where your negative feelings are coming from.
- QUESTION: Having identified where your negative feelings are coming from, it’s now time to peel back the layers to get to the bottom of why exactly you’re feeling this way. The second branch of this map helps you identify where you’re struggling, your level of control over the situation, and it also challenges you to alter your approach and perspective.
- TAKE CHARGE: Now that you’re fully aware of your mental state of mind, it’s time to get your day back on track. The third branch of this map walks you through three things you need to do to take charge of your day. These guidelines involve moving your body, setting a simple intention, and taking small and progressive steps towards your goals.
- TAKE CONTROL: The final branch of this map provides you with guidelines on how to take control of your day. It specifically outlines the questions you need to ask yourself and the things you need to do to ensure that you finish your day strong and avoid succumbing to further negative emotions.
This map provides a roadmap and framework for getting back on track when you’re feeling bad but don’t quite understand why you’re feeling that way. Referencing it regularly and committing it to memory will help you to embed these concepts and ideas into your subconscious mind.
A mind map, of course, does this beautifully because it mirrors the synaptic connections made in your brain as you try to establish new habits of thought and behavior. It brings together key concepts and ideas that help your brain to fully integrate and process this information. The brain, subsequently, rewires itself as it attempts to establish new habits of mind. It’s an ideal tool for creating lasting change and transformation.