Juliana Nyirabakunzi is employed in a very competitive and demanding job environment at a top media organization in Kigali. Her boss set a very high standard for her to meet. At every end of 2 weeks she used to be faulted on failing to meet the targets. Her job was at great risk until she discovered a very powerful strategy of coping with her cutthroat job demands. The trick was writing down her daily tiny achievements.
“By writing down my daily wins I became more aware of my progress which increased my motivation; perception; a sense of accomplishment; and feeling of happiness”. She discovered that after all she was making progress in the little assignments but she was not noticing these wins. She was only focusing on the big wins which were often the aggregated outputs of the week. “Ever since I began noting the small wins I am more creative and very productive and my boss is wondering what happened to me”. Small wins—can make all the difference in how you feel and perform. Read on.
Small wins can boost inner work life tremendously.
Most of us have a tendency to go through life noticing our mistakes. They often stand out to us like sore thumbs and they can be a cause for regret and gloom. What we are likely not to pay too much attention to are the small goals that we accomplish. When we do achieve successes we tend to gloss over them and not give ourselves time to feel good about them.
What would happen, however, if you were to write down these tiny achievements every day for a week? By writing down your daily wins you can become more aware of your progress. A better experience of your progress may increase your motivation; your perception; your sense of accomplishment; and feeling of happiness. So why not start today? Start making notes of your small achievements!
More-positive perceptions, a sense of accomplishment, satisfaction, happiness, and even elation often follow progress. “Of all the things that can boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during a workday, the single most important is making progress in meaningful work. And the more frequently people experience that sense of progress, the more likely they are to be creatively productive in the long run. Everyday progress; —especially small wins—can make all the difference in how you feel and perform.”