ONE THING THAT WORKS: THE 'DONE' LIST
One Thing That Works is a series of tried-and-tested tips that have helped me in my daily working life. They're not the big-thinking, life-changing overhauls that can change the direction of your career, but rather the little tricks and rituals that I return to when I'm feeling overwhelmed or stuck: things that work for me, and that I hope will work for you, too.
With the end of the year in sight, it's natural for our thoughts to turn to the year ahead: how we'll do/be/work/look better in all respects. While I certainly advocate (and love) some serious planning and dreaming, I think it's so important to congratulate yourself for all your successes , before you start moving toward whatever iteration of yourself you want to be in the next twelve months. This is something I learnt from my old friend Sharmadean Reid, who actually dropped this bomb of wisdom in her interview for The Handbook For Women Who Do Creative Work). It has stayed with me ever since.
"At the beginning of every year, I write down all my achievements from the past 12 months. It’s really easy to forget about your accomplishments — listing them helps a lot. It’s also good to include projects you completed, even if not to the absolute best standard you wanted them to be. That’s a positive thing, because you’re already 50 per cent of the way there." Sharmadean Reid
I've mentioned before that I keep a file on my computer with all the lovely emails I've received since starting The WW Club, and I often turn to it when I'm feel dispirited or disillusioned with my work. In the same spirit, I'd suggest that, instead of/before you start making your goals list for 2016, you spend some time listing all the things you've already done in the year gone by. Write down everything: promotions you've received, art you've made, money you've earned, books you've read, new places you've been. No achievement is too small. Take stock and reflect on everything you've made happen in 2015, and you'll almost certainly feel 100x more motivated to take on 2016.