How to Easily Track Your Daily Work Wins
Everyone has a crappy work day. The kind of day that makes you go, "Wow, nothing ever goes right." It's easy to feel this way and to forget what it felt like when you had a day where everything did go right at work. Because of this, and few other reasons, I've started to write down my daily work wins to remember the good stuff. It's an easy way to reflect on your work day.
Now the good stuff doesn't always have to be huge, life-changing achievements. It can be a small win like the time I was able to remember to make my to do list first thing in the morning, and not at 3pm. All of these wins matter!
Why would I do this?
To be honest, one of the main reasons why I started doing this was that it gave me something to do on my commute home. Although I’ve gotten better with taking advantage of my commute, like reading from my Kindle or listening to a podcast, doing this provides me with a wonderful, false sense of productivity. It makes me feel like I am doing something wise with my 45 minute subway commute.
This is also very useful when you're job searching. These lists serve as a reference when you need material for cover letters, resumes, and in interviews. In an interview, the question that always gets me tripped up is detailing my accomplishments. For some reason it's much easier for me to go to the worst scenarios (when was the last time you made an error, what is your worst quality, etc.) than think of my highlights. You can easy access this list and use it to prep.
You don’t have to write page after page, although you totally could! I like to keep track of the 2-3 key wins from my day. If I’m struggling I’ll only write out 1 - it’s better than none!
You can simply just write out your wins using the Notes app on your phone. I use the app Day One to track my wins. If one of my wins feels important enough, I write it out later, usually with more details, in my personal journal.
If you wanted to take it a step further, you could write a short summary of your day as a reference point when you look back. It’s a great way to wrap up your work day and get everything out on paper. Leave a comment letting us know how you keep track of your accomplishments.