We slog through every day, working in the fast-paced field of IT consulting, development. Finding new clients, fixing problems, maintaining contacts, each and every day can become a tiring process. Particularly when you’re just starting out, the path before you can seem very intimidating. While hard work and dedication can definitely pay off, you also have to keep in mind you’ll never get there if you continue through in a thankless way. You’ve got to be sure to manage the way you treat yourself. As odd as it sounds, many people are rather terrible at this, mistreating themselves and maintaining unrealistic expectations.
Don’t ever go into a project with the only benchmark being “Finished product.” I personally guarantee failure. Many productivity coaches say that your first goal should be something so insanely simple that its almost a waste to write it. ”Sit at desk.” Whoa, you’ve already knocked one thing off the list. It’s much the same with projects, you make a goal “create a folder and document for this project.” Quick wins allow you to gain momentum quickly and continue to roll through the project with a sense of accomplishment.
Eyes on the Horizon
Always look forward. Contentment is a dangerous emotion, it can lead to your productivity dropping drastically. Your ambitions falter when you feel like you’ve reached the horizon. The beautiful thing about horizons is how they lack an end. No matter how high you climb, you can only ever see further and further. No matter how far you hike, it only ever expands before you.
You’re doing bold things! You’re completing projects and plowing through your to-do list. You should be rewarded for that. Be sure to pat yourself on the back from time to time. Since you work for yourself, you may find that you’re the only one ever around to do that. Make sure you treat yourself right.