When things get tough, sometimes all you need to do is take every win you can (even the small ones) and celebrate them. Recognize the efforts you put into something, then boost your self-esteem by rewarding yourself. These are some examples of small wins that are always worth celebrating.
Waking up Early
If you aren’t a morning person, waking up earlier than usual is an achievement. The pros of getting up on time instead of hitting the snooze button outweigh the cons. Plus, most successful people have a structured morning routine.
Whether it’s praise at school, work, or at home, hearing that you’ve done a good job is always flattering. It motivates you to keep doing better and puts you in a good mood. A Harvard Business Review survey found that when a person is motivated and happy at the end of the workday, they’re likely to have made progress.
Learning a New Skill
There are plenty of free online courses you can take at home. Learning a new skill is beneficial not only for your personal growth but could also help you career-wise. These take time and dedication, and you’ll want to give yourself a pat on the back once you’ve completed a course.
Checking off something from your to-do list is a satisfying feeling. But if to-do lists increase stress and anxiety instead of making you feel accomplished, you could also try creating have-done lists. They focus on the tasks you’ve completed throughout the day instead of what you’ve failed to get to. Even if the task was as trivial as tidying the room, it’s still better than having a messy room.
Be proud of the things you accomplished. Celebrate your small wins with inexpensive treats like ice cream or simply share the good news with friends or family.