You’re going from start to finish on your task lists. Projects are winding down nicely and the stuff on the horizon is falling into place nicely. You are productive – and you’re awesome at being so. You’re doing things until they are done.
But what gives you a true sense of being done? Is it crossing things off your to-do list? Is it going to bed at night (or early morning!) with a clear and rested mind? What gives the readers of WorkAwesome a real sense of completion?
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Knowing that the things I do during the day make a difference. That’s it. That’s what gives me my sense of accomplishment.
The completion of a project has always been sort-of a let down for me, the actual planning and start of a project is what excites me the most.
I think I have the real sense of completion when I realize that have improve my skills so I can do a better work than the day before. That is given by having a good idea, finding a problem’s solution or simply learning something new.
Crossing things off my schedule and knowing they’ve been done to the best of my ability.
I think taking a short moment to fully take joy and pride in what I’ve done helps give me a sense of completion. It’s all too easy to start focusing immediately on the next thing that HASN’T been done yet, without stopping to appreciate and thank yourself for what you HAVE done already.
One habit I have been getting into is adding and crossing things off that I do throughout the day that are not on my todo list or wouldn’t normally be there. So say some one calls me, I add it to the list and cross it off. If I have to fix some random issue on a site, I add it to my list and cross it off. I found that half of the things I do in a day are not something I planned on doing but had to do. This has really given me a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day when I look back at what I did, maybe I didn’t complete a few things I planned on, but I have a bunch of other things I did instead. Simple, but it works for me.