Tip 9 for Respect, Productivity & Notice at Work: Reflect on Daily Accomplishments

by Feb 12, 2019

As you near the end of your work day, take some time to reflect on what you have done. This exercise of reviewing what you have completed can help garner a sense of accomplishment and assist with planning tasks for the following day. It is also our ninth step for increasing respect, productivity and notice at work.


In discussing this tip in her article, Shana Lebowitz observes that, “a 2014 working paper from researchers at Harvard Business School and elsewhere found that 15 minutes of reflective writing is enough to make you more successful at work.” Lebowitz goes on to note the study also observed that while stopping work a bit early may seem counterintuitive, it increases performance increases. This positive impact may stem from a sense of accomplishment positively gained or from the organizational edge that reflecting on your progress allows.  


One of our staff members at Contemporaries, Inc., a temp agency in Boston MA suggests the use of an ‘outstanding list’ or ‘OS list’ can help. Start the day with a checklist of objectives and keep track of new and completed tasks. At the end of the day reflect on and add to this OS list while taking note of what new tasks to add for your next workday. Whether through reflections on your accomplishments with an OS list or by practicing a mental exercise at the days end, find a system that helps you reflect on your daily accomplishments. 

Photo: retrieved from Pixabay, available under the public domain.

This posting is brought to you by Contemporaries Inc., one of the best temp agencies in Boston MA. Also available for payrolling employees in Boston and Greater Boston

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