How Tracking Small Wins Leads To Workplace Success


Do you know what you get done when you’re at work? Does your manager and team know what you have accomplished on a regular basis?  Are you getting due recognition for your good work?

If the answer to any of these questions is a no, there is one simple thing you can do to become more productive and successful at work:

Take 30 seconds every day to keep a running list of your small wins.

Small wins, you ask?

Small wins are the incremental steps toward your long-term goals. Harvard Business School professor Teresa Amabile, along with development psychologist Steven Kramer, conducted a multi-year research project to discover what makes people happy, motivated, creative and productive at work.

They found that of all the events which have the power to excite people and engage them in their work, the single most important is making progress – even if that progress is a small accomplishment in the course of the day. (The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work.)

If you are motivated and happy at the end of the workday, it’s a good bet that you achieved something, however small. So, acknowledging every small win boosts engagement and motivates you to do more.

3 Simple Steps to Success.

1.  Take 30 seconds a day to log your ‘small wins’.  

Recording your daily progress regularly is important.  In fact, making it a habit to capture your accomplishments is one of the the most important things you can do. It is a powerful tool to help you realize you are doing meaningful work, advancing your goals and making a difference.  Professor Amabile calls this the ‘progress principle’.  Often, our smaller achievements go unnoticed, even by ourselves and it can be challenging to remember all those great moments.  Having a trackable journal (your work journal!) accumulating a calendar of daily wins will make you feel like an achiever – so it’s really important to record and also celebrate your meaningful contributions of the day.

2.  Share your small wins to keep your manager and team in the loop!

Sharing your wins is the next important step. When you share your progress with your manager, it lets them know what you are accomplishing, while helping the team stay in the loop. The recommended practice is to share your progress once a week with your manager, making the communication regular and predictable, without anyone feeling as if they are bragging.

3.  Make your progress visible to get recognition and feedback.

Once you have shared your wins, getting acknowledgment and recognition for your accomplishments validates that your work is valued and motivates you to make regular impact. Recognition and subsequent feedback help you get better at work and build your reputation. This not only benefits you as an individual, but helps make the entire team more productive and effective, where everyone achieves more!

Your work journal!

TalentCove enables you to easily capture your small wins and share your progress at work. Just respond to our daily email or speak into your smartphone app and capture your small wins.

Download our app and start logging your small wins today! It’s the most important small step you will take to achieve greater productivity and success at work.

-Aisha Piracha

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