What is 1 thing you can win at today?
It's easy to get swept up in a 'laundry list' of weekly tasks that feel thankless and never-ending. The challenge with the 'marathon method' to anyone's week is that it fosters procrastination, dissatisfaction & burnout given there's no end in sight, you can't 'see the light at the end of the tunnel', no amount of work ever feels like 'enough', and every day just feels like a slog toward a longer period.
In one of my posts, here, I talked about the psychological importance of breaking big, daunting tasks into smaller pieces - 'chewable chunks' - such that no project ever feels so unmanageable or overwhelming that stress, anxiety and burnout can easily, subversively sneak in.
In that same vein, breaking up your workweek into productivity subunits of days and then targeting a 'daily triumph' helps to establish a sense of accomplishment for each unit of time that serves to increase dopamine (action hormone), serotonin (feel-good hormone), and potentially endorphins & enkephalins (analgesic, 'job-well-done' hormones).
The benefits of targeting a daily triumph are multiple, but include:
1) That surges of dopamine build on each other - the brain seeks to continue to release dopamine after the first or significant enough surge. The result is a person who is highly motivated to continue to be productive.
2) Having something specific you accomplished that you can actually measure and reflect on gives you a sense of purpose and progress and increases endorphins & enkephalins secretions ('job-well-done' hormones)
3) The net effect of satisfying, continual feedback loops of task and accomplishment increase your overall serotonin levels, which allows for greater happiness, thwarts stress and anxiety responses in the body and set you up nicely for sustainable motivation toward further productivity.
So this week, see what you can do to target at least 1 'win' a day - something you will feel accomplished to have finished and that is realistic to complete in one day's time. You'll set yourself, day, week, brain up for greater motivation, productivity and sustainable performance.
Let us know how it goes and what 'triumphs you targeted' in the comments below and have a fantastic week!
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