How was your day? Did you solve problems and resolve crises? Did you walk out the door disappointed in your lack of forward progress?
We spend most of our waking life in the office – 45 hours a week is the current average for the American worker. And while the office can be increasingly stressful, there are ways to make the work more enjoyable. Recognizing the small wins is one way to increase the joy, productivity and innovation as discussed in detail in “The Progress Principle” by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer and on their website here.
In their research process, Ms. Amabile and Mr. Kramer, asked the participants to keep a work journal and record one event each day and describe why it stands out in their mind. What they found over and over again is that the participants expressed emotion in their entries; more motivation when small wins were made at work and this feeling of joy carried over to the next day.
To capitalize on the progress made in small wins, a daily journal is a fantastic tool. By keeping a journal, you can reprogram your brain to take note of small wins increasing your productivity and innovation.
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