What did you get done today? Knowing the answer makes a huge difference in your motivation levels.
Instead of starting a consulting appointment with "Did you get your stuff done?", I asked, "How’s your day going?". He quickly rattled off 4 quick projects that he had completed and mentioned that he felt better having them gone. He had a noticeable positive energy around him and was excited to talk about some really big projects that were stuck.
The focus on what was “done” gave us a great platform for discussing what we were going to “do”. If we ever only focus on the to-do list, we never get a chance to feel the accomplishment, give a high-five, or learn from a mistake. We get stuck in the rut and tasks keep piling up.
This article talks about creating a “done list” every day. I don’t do it exactly the way this describes (and wouldn’t expect any of you to either), but the general concept is very strong and it helps me personally. I use notecards and task-lists that are paper-based. I feel joy when I place them in my recycling bin having crossed them off, completed them, tore them into shreds, etc. I keep the recycling bin next to my desk and at any given time I can look to my right and say, “Damn. I do a lot of stuff!”
This is a pretty quick read for anyone interested. Try it out and see if it motivates you.