While Fantasy Football season is over, there are still plenty of other fantasy sports to go around. Fantasy basketball and soccer are in full gear. Fantasy baseball will be starting soon. But that’s not the point of today’s post.
Whether you play fantasy sports or not, it’s important to celebrate our success. I believe we remember to celebrate our big wins – like finishing a huge technology implementation or earning a professional certification. But this Time Well Spent from our friends at Kronos is a good reminder to celebrate the things we do every day … like scheduling.
One of the things I’ve learned from being self-employed and working at home is that celebrating doesn’t need to be big, elaborate, or expensive. Here are just a few of the ways I treat myself during the workday.
- Listen to one of my favorite songs. Sometimes a celebration for me is taking 3-4 minutes, putting on the headphones, and listening to one of my favorite tunes and enjoy the success. Right now, I’m loving Queen’s greatest hits.
- Have dessert with lunch. I really, really try to eat healthy when I’m at home. Because it’s so hard to do when traveling. Occasionally, I will treat myself to dessert … in the middle of the workday! (I know…I’m quite a rebel. LOL!)
- Take a walk. I hear about lots of companies that have adopted “walking meetings”. Mr. Bartender and I do the same thing. This is not only fun and productive, but it’s great exercise.
- Play a game. I’ve recently become a fan of a word game called Wordscapes. It takes only minutes to play a round. I’m challenged to learn new words and it’s fun.
Of course, you don’t have to do any of these just because I like them. My point about celebrations is 1) find something that you like and 2) do it. We shouldn’t feel guilty about a little self-celebrating.
Work is hard. Not just the big stretch projects we take on, but there are small every day tasks that are hard. Don’t dismiss them as simply part of the job. Do them. Do them really well. And then celebrate your success.
How do you celebrate your successes? Leave a note in the comments. It would be great to try some new ideas!