A Valuable Lesson Learned

This summer, I’ll celebrate 15 years with the Chamber.

It was my first job out of college. An early lesson learned was this: No matter how hard you work, there will be days when you can’t complete every task on your to-do list. I’m a perfectionist and my own worst critic, so that was a difficult premise to accept. But I’m glad I did!

Are you tough on yourself at day’s end? Check out this Inc. article, which challenges readers to ask themselves five key questions.

My favorites:

  • What did I get done today that I’m feeling good about?
    Now don’t just give them a cursory glance – actually read through the list of things that you were able to cross off and give yourself a pat on the back for getting them done. This might sound kind of silly, but it is amazing how much better you feel at the end of the day when you acknowledge what you did instead of beating yourself up for what you didn’t do.
  • What am I going to do differently tomorrow?
    As you ponder the things you learned during the day, think also about how you will do things differently tomorrow. This might mean doing more of some things, less of others. It might mean deciding to smile more or be more patient. Or it might mean saying no more often, so that you can actually get more done.