Being aware of your emotions, being emotionally intelligent, is key to success in many aspects of life including workplace productivity. Consider this study: Some participants were told to forgive themselves for failing to study for a test and others were told to chastise themselves for failing to study for a test (I am paraphrasing the scientific, experimental design). You might expect that those that forgave themselves would fail again in the future to study for a test. But the opposite occurred. In an article on productivity at TheMuse.com:
A vicious cycle of failing to control oneself followed by feeling intense self-hatred and disgust is common in attempts at self-control. These emotions typically lead to over-indulging in the offending behavior. When you slip up, it is critical that you forgive yourself and move on. Don’t ignore how the mistake makes you feel; just don’t wallow in it. Instead, shift your attention to what you’re going to do to improve yourself in the future.