I started out the week ahead of things, with a relatively straightforward task that I was looking forward to getting done about halfway through Monday, and a decent to-do list to follow. That got interrupted by a critical task, other people needed help, then another emergency, etc. And so it went. Friday evening, I finally completed the task I had intended to be Monday morning’s. My to-do list had been sitting there glaring at me all week and I was feeling a bit of failure.
But, then I remember some of the things that were said in meetings this week, and some of the messages I got from people throughout the company. Thanks and appreciation, people from other departments telling my boss that I make their job possible, coworkers looking at my work and talking about how great it was, the boss asking me to take on some new responsibilities out of my normal area.
So, things that keep me going: that appreciation from coworkers. The knowledge that if I put my own to-do list on standby to solve bigger issues facing the company, people see that as a win and don’t just look at my task list and think I’m failing.
Reminds me again that I do better with ‘done’ lists than ‘to-do’ lists. Because I always end up doing a lot of things that weren’t on my to-do list, and the things that weren’t on the list are usually more valuable than the things that didn’t get done. They’re usually the ones that get the “Wow, this is awesome!” notes from VPs and customers.
Also a reminder to send some appreciation to my coworkers. Because that might be the thing that keeps them going too.