Last week I received a report on our departmental progress, it was in effect, a reminder of what we’ve “shipped” over the past six months. Having a regular reminder of your progress seems like a good thing, and it is supported by research:
making headway on meaningful work brightens a person’s inner work life and boosts long-term progress. It isn’t monetary rewards and recognition that truly motivate us. It’s a sense that we are accomplishing something meaningful – day by day.
Tracking these things we’ve done makes sense, we should celebrate our accomplishments, and challenge ourselves on the work we are doing and what we are achieving. Seth Godin asked this question a couple of years ago, and the idea stuck with me…
But what have you shipped?
What have you done with your connection skills that has been worthy of criticism, that moved the dial and that changed the world?
Go, do that.
I’ve started making a note of the my done list. At the end of the day, I write down the things that I’ve shipped/done/achieved that day. For inspiration, the iDoneThis app‘s ebook suggests the following questions:
- What did you get done today?
- What did I make progress on today?
- What impacted your progress?
- What did you do today that you especially want to remember in the future?
- What good have I done today?
- What are 3 good things about today?
So… What have you shipped today?