Put it on the “done” list

If you’re a knowledge worker, getting an accurate gauge of your progress is a challenge, since the fruits of our labors can quickly get buried by the next task. We don’t create sculptures or build houses. Often times, our work may not look any different than it did in the morning.

The solution I’ve used to maintain my momentum despite a pile of action items and project deliverables is making a “done” list. This simple act of pausing to reflect on my accomplishments (big or small) provides motivation that could otherwise get lost amidst a busy day, week, and month. My “done” list may not be a sculpture, but it has become the tangible outcome I look forward to at the end of the day.

Starting is simple:

  1. At the end of the day, write down all you’ve accomplished. Or, just jot down your wins as you have time in between meetings.
  2. Take time to reflect on and celebrate the items listed.
  3. Review your list at the start of each day, or whenever you need to adjust your perspective.

Give it a try and let your “done” list be a reminder of your hard work!