At the end of my day, I open up my Day One journal and write down the highlights of what I accomplished that day.
These Daily Wins usually entail the topic I wrote about that day and how many words I actually put down; any meaningful connections or conversations I had; and any other miscellaneous thoughts or accomplishments.
By recognizing and rewarding these small wins each day, it builds up an intrinsic motivation that makes me want to keep doing the important work.
Plus, as I mentioned in Tuesday’s email, there is a quality in that quantity. It’s awesome and encouraging to look back in my Day One and see the ups and downs of work over the years.
| | Celebrating progress strengthens our emotional and motivated state. Which means we are happier and more motivated at work and are therefore more likely to be productive and creative. It keeps the cycle going.
“Should” is a 4-letter word.
We may know what our most important work is. And we may know that we should be spending time on it every day. But oftentimes that head knowledge is not heart knowledge. We don’t feel the value in what we’re doing.
When we feel like cogs in a machine (even cogs who know they’re doing something they think is important) then we slowly lose our desire to be productive and efficient. We don’t care about coming up with creative solutions or fresh ideas. We just do what’s required of us in order to get our paycheck so we can go home to our television and unwind.
By cataloging and celebrating our small wins each daythen we can be reminded that we are making meaningful progress.
It’s the small wins which all add up to actually complete the big projects and big goals.
I use DayOne to celebrate and make note of all the big and little wins in life. What’s something you can do to celebrate your small wins?
As always, thanks for reading! Talk again soon.
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