The sense of accomplishment is what makes us satisfied with the work that we do, this helps us find the meaning of why we contribute and gain motivation to keep on doing it because it makes us feel purposeful. The way that the sense of accomplishment can make our day, the opposite can have devastating effects on our productivity.
Chances are you have experienced when you spend all that time working in the office and you ponder at the end of the day and think that there is still a lot of work left unfinished. It can be depressing and considering that the effect of just feeling unaccomplished in just one day, imagine it stockpiling, and having consecutive days when you feel like you did inadequately at work, this feeling would eventually get heavy and massively negatively affect your productivity and motivation levels. The good news though, is that it could be accomplishing more than you might be thinking, you just have to recalibrate the way you measure your daily accomplishment.
The tips we list below are tools that could help you achieve that accomplished feeling every day you leave work, because remember you might already have been accomplishing a lot more than you think.
Your Accomplishment Is Different From Others
The numbers measure how much work you really have done, but feeling how accomplished you are varies differently from person to person. This feeling is being defined by our personal motivation, dreams, and passion so it’s unique to you, and chances are it would be different for someone else. The moment you get the hang of it, you start not comparing the way others feel accomplished about the work they do, to the way you feel accomplished by your own work.
Everyone has to have different ways of measuring how accomplished they are. This own version of accomplishment measurement you devise for yourself would stop you from being too hard on criticizing the amount of work you have done, because this time, you don’t compare it with others. Remember it’s about achieving your own goals, not theirs.
Have Short-Term Goals
If you have really huge chunks of tasks on your to-do list, chances are you won’t finish chewing after the workday what you bit when you started in the morning. You won’t be crossing out items on it quickly enough. Imagine breaking down these tasks into smaller pieces, it would trick you psychologically that you have had a lot of things done because of how quickly you are crossing out each item on your to-do list, and how many tasks you have finished that day. This small but significant change in your workflow would have massive effects on improving how accomplished you feel.
An example of this is to say, writing an article, instead of having “Write an article” on your to-do list, why not break it down to smaller tasks like “plan topic”, “select title”, “write headings”, and “write introduction”, this would make them easier to cross out on your to-do list, thus making you feel more accomplished.
Have Different Goals Each Day
Just like doing the same thing over and over again each day could wear you down, and eventually burn out, making you no longer feel motivated about doing your work because it’s so repetitive. The same with your tasks, carefully distributing different kinds of tasks all over your to-do lists create an effect of having variety, which gives you a different flavor on what sort of goal is being achieved each day.
Take Time To Acknowledge Yourself
Oftentimes than not, when we feel a sense that we lack accomplishment, we go too hard on ourselves questioning our capabilities and undervaluing the work we have done. We get stuck too much on the tasks we haven’t done and thinking about what could have been done to make things better.
You sometimes would need to stop and rethink how you retreat from the work you do. Make sure to realign your focus and notice your strengths more than your shortcomings, if you feel overwhelmed by the sense of lack of accomplishment, you need to stop, look the other way and appreciate the things that you have done, more than the things that you didn’t.