Social media is the king of celebrating the small win.
Take a quick scroll of your Instagram feed and you’ll be bombarded with users celebrating the most menial parts of their day with gusto:
- what they ate
- what they wore
- where they bought coffee etc. etc.
These moments, when skilfully partnered with a subtle filter and witty caption, can collect THOUSANDS of likes.
In short, online communities are obsessed with celebrating the small wins that help us navigate life. I can’t help but wonder if the key to surviving tougher times in the office is recreating this trend in the workplace. That is, monitoring, discussing and celebrating the little milestones you reach each day that ultimately help you get to those bigger, juicier wins.
What are small wins?
You decide. Your small wins will be entirely personal to you. Perhaps you don’t have a head for numbers but you’ve been asked to complete some forecasting. WIN. Maybe you just had a conversation you were dreading with a difficult client. WIN. Perhaps you’re under a lot of pressure and you simply got through the day without hurling your laptop from the 5th floor window. WIN.
There is so much to gain from reflecting on your day-to-day activity and giving yourself credit where its due, even for the more menial tasks.
How can we celebrate?
The simple act of acknowledging or making a record of your win may be enough for you to personally reflect on each small success. I like to share my wins, however trivial, with my colleagues. Perhaps you could reward yourself with a break from your desk or even bring up your weekly wins in a 1-2-1 with your manager to highlight the progress you’re making.
Here are some other ideas.
Talk about them!
Talking about the tiny milestones that help build a bigger picture of your progress is a really vital step in celebrating the small wins. This is likely to be the most challenging part, especially given that around 70% of people have experienced ‘impostor syndrome’ in the workplace.
Making small wins part of daily office dialogue has a number of benefits:
- It makes your day-to-day work more meaningful
- Encourages a supportive team environment
- Reinforces the progress you’re making
- Overcoming challenging days by focusing on your achievements
Every workplace is different and only you can know what’s appropriate for yours. But don’t mistake the celebration of a small win for arrogance or bragging; it’s a goal-orientated tool for progress and self-awareness.
If you still need some convincing, Teresa Amabile gave an excellent Ted Talk on the topic. She advocates that tracking your progress can help you spot patterns in behaviours that can help you identify your greatest strengths and also, the weaknesses you need to work on.
You can read more about her work on this here.
By Claudia Bellwood, Temp Consultant, Rusher Rogers
For more musings from Claudia, you can read our blog here.