"I can't even remember what I've achieved recently."
Honestly, there is no greater exercise to get you out of overwhelm and back to Planet Earth than writing down what a badass you've been lately.
WHY IT WORKS:
Its something called the power of 'small wins'. In the Harvard Business Review, Teresa Amabile and Steven J, Kramer write:
"Of all the things that can boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during a workday, the single most important is making progress in meaningful work. And the more frequently people experience that sense of progress, the more likely they are to be creatively productive in the long run. Whether they are trying to solve a major scientific mystery or simply produce a high-quality product or service, everyday progress—even a small win—can make all the difference in how they feel and perform."
You see: brain gets tired. Brain gets full. Brain takes for granted the things we can do easily. (Because when you've been doing something for a little while, what was once challenging has now become habit and it now feels easy. We tend to value things that come easy to us, when in fact, the things we find 'easy' are usually the things we're really good at and then take for granted and therefore undervalue).
Soooo... when someone asks us what we've been up to, we mumble and say 'nothing much'.
Brain then gets overlooked for promotional opportunities and there's a perception we don't really do much. Which sometimes can feel true when you're on auto pilot, insanely bored at work or you have no celebration practice in place of patting yourself on the back and saying 'you go, Glen Coco!'
Let's say you're applying for that job and they ask for 'proven examples' and you can't think of any. Or, you're about to report to your boss and need to give an update and you're thinking 'what have I even done this week'?
Doing an audit of everything you've achieved and writing it down gets it out of your head and into hard, concrete facts. And facts ain't nothing to funk with when it comes to applying for that new role, ammiright?
HOW IT WORKS:
Write down everything you've achieved in 2018 (start with 2018 as you will be pleasantly surprised how much you've achieved so far)! Then articulate how it felt (kisses guns) and what you learned. Then, do the same for 2017: simples! I bet bet bet bet BET YOU will be pleasantly surprised at how awesome you really are.
IF YOU ENJOYED THAT EXERCISE:
Why not go broader, and check out the Activities Audit. This is particularly helpful when you're in a bit of a rut.
Simply write down all the work / personal activities you underwent last year and identify which ones rocked your boat and were mojo fillers and which were a bit 'meh'. The question you want to ask yourself is: would I do it again?