By: Minda Harts, Founder, The Memo
Some people like to call me “old-skool” because of my preference for paper over technology. I have several notebooks I like to write in. I love jotting down my ideas as they come. Now you might be wondering, "Why don’t you use your phone for that?" For me there’s something about the physical aspect of writing down my thoughts, being able to go back to re-read them five years from now. Sometimes you can’t do that on your old phone. I also have an obsession with Post-it notes. I like to write down my to-do’s for the day. I feel a sense of accomplishment when I can check items off my list. It feels good to know I accomplished certain important things at the end of my day. I believe this feeling is one that most of us crave.
What makes you feel accomplished at the end of your day?
When I started college, my main goal was to obtain my degree. At first, I wanted to be a dentist. Then I thought about being a teacher. Ultimately, I ended up graduating with a degree in Communication. Even though I started on one path and changed course, it still felt good to receive my four-year degree. I accomplished my original goal! We all have our “lists"--all the things we want to accomplish in our lifetimes. For you, it might be owning a home, getting married, or starting your own business. Whatever it is that motivates you to accomplish your goals, make sure you foster the right skills to help you achieve them.
Here are two steps to help you feel accomplished at the end of each day.
- Productivity: Don’t Play Yourself!
It’s not enough to say you checked off all the boxes. Truly feeling accomplished at the end of the day or week is choosing tasks that will help you get closer to your career or personal goals. Learn how to take small steps towards your productivity. You can start by planning for the next day before you go to sleep at night. Make your list at bedtime. This gives you a jump start before the next day. When you strategize how you will tackle the next day, this already sets you up to increase your productivity. The time it would take you the next day to write the list will be a thing of the past, and you can go straight into your days knowing what needs to be accomplished.
- Discipline: A Major Key!
Creating to-dos or a game plan is the easy part. The real issue arises when it’s time to stick to our said plan. Distractions come along like Twitter, Facebook, and alternative facts that sometimes throw us off course. However, if we are honest with ourselves, those are just excuses. You are the architect of your day. You have to CHOOSE how you spend your time and that takes discipline. Start with a clear picture of what your most important tasks or projects are for the day or the week. Put a date next to each to hold yourself accountable for when those items need to be completed. These are your new deadlines! With discipline and commitment, you will be checking those items off in no time. You will be on your way to feeling accomplished sooner than you think.
If you don’t believe me, DJ Khaled talks about some of his major keys and how to stay focused on your goals.
Gabby Douglas once said “I accomplished something big and that’s the memory I will never forget.” Ending each day feeling accomplished is something that will take work, but remember it’s obtainable!