Quick Productivity Tip: Stars and Successes

A lot of us cross off completed tasks from a written To-Do List. At the end of the day, the list can look pretty messy. Once everything has been crossed off the list, we toss it in the trash.

My client does something different. She bought a pack of star stickers. Instead of crossing off completed tasks from her To-Do List, she puts a star next to the completed task. At the end of the day, she has a list filled with stars. How fun is that?!

Do you remember the feeling of pride you had as a child when you were rewarded with stars? I personally had a star chart (apparently I needed a lot of encouragement to “come when called” because this was featured prominently on my star chart!).

There’s a sense of pride in seeing a task list filled with stars. Even if you haven’t finished everything on that list, you still get to enjoy seeing the stars next to the tasks you did complete. This is a way to get to the end of the day and see how far you’ve come, which is very different from getting to the end of the day and feeling frustrated by all you didn’t get done.

Along these same lines, I recommend you keep a log of your Wins and Successes. My clients are familiar with this. I ask them to document their Wins and Successes from week to week on their Call Strategy Forms. I also encourage them to journal their Wins and Successes at the end of each day.

Shifting your focus to your Wins is a great way to keep a positive frame of mind about your productivity so you can bounce back more quickly from the inevitable bumps in the road that come with owning your own business.

Let’s face it, moving forward in your business from day to day can feel like you’re wading through molasses. You make headway on an “On Your Business” project one day, only to be pulled into working in your business for several days after that. Weeks can go by and you can feel like you aren’t getting anywhere with respect to making your business better. When you intentionally track your Wins and Successes, it’s a big psychological boost to see you are actually making progress.

So, go get yourself a packet of star stickers and a notebook. Star the tasks you’ve accomplished and celebrate! Track your completed projects and accomplishments (big and small) in your “Wins” notebook. When you get down on yourself, pull out your Wins notebook and flip through it. You’ll be in a much better frame of mind. In the end, our business success hinges on our frame of mind.

Sabrina Starling, Tap the PotentialWritten by:

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4 replies
  1. Rodrigo Laddaga
    Rodrigo Laddaga says:

    Great idea Sabrina! There is also a complementary exercise that you can do every day, before bed, write down in a piece of paper or a mobile device (mobile phone, tablet, etc.) 5 things you did well that day, no matter if are personal o professional things. Most of the time we tend to focus on what went wrong on any giving day, this simple exercise will keep you cheers up and prevent to get to much overwhelm specially in difficult times. Just do it for 30 days, every day and you will definitely note the difference.

  2. Kim Ravida
    Kim Ravida says:

    I so enjoyed this article. Years ago my very first coach helped me come up with a similar way – I use colorful highlighters to highlight all I complete on my list. It is fun and I really can see how much I got done and can therefore focus on that.

    I do like the stickers though, I do regularly tracking and may just use this idea for that! Thank you!

  3. Sabrina Schleicher PhD, PCC, BCC
    Sabrina Schleicher PhD, PCC, BCC says:

    These are some great ideas for tracking WINS! Thanks for sharing with us.

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