Value in life is often tightly coupled to your personal goals and the journey towards them. When you finally reach a goal the feeling of joy and success is often momentary and drifts away from your memory before you know it, which is a shame because of the positive side effects successful memories has.
During the last year I have tried to capture the moment of success by reminding myself of my top accomplishments as a part of my daily activity management.
It is simply visualized as the second last stage in my workflow with the title “Worth Remembering” and works as my personal top ten chart of accomplishments.
Just before I move a task to “Done” I ask myself whether this is worth remembering? if so I land it in “Worth Remembering” and consider which accomplishment it needs to replace.
I could also have chosen to make the list grow beyond the ten items but in this way it acts as a motivating factor because I then have to do the best I can in order to make future activities reach my personal top ten.
A tendency in many task managers and todo lists today is that completed activities is easily forgotten because they disappear in order for you to focus on the next activity on your list. The pitfall is that this behaviour makes you focus so much about “here and now” that you completely forget about the big picture and spend very little time dwell on your successes. This is a shame because I believe that your successes should be one of the key drivers of your future actions.
If you start visualizing your top successes it automatically reminds you of the good things in life and brings back a lot of nice memories which by itself is motivating and leads to positive thinking that I believe will affect the way you approach your current state of life.
An healthy exercise is to go through your whole board and evaluate if there are candidates in there to become “Worth Remembering” activities in the future. If there is you are on the right track, but if not – this is the time to rethink your life. If you have a full board of activities and none of them has the potential of becoming a top ten moment then reevaluate your activities and make room for something inspired by your “Worth Remembering” stage.
Until about a year ago I did a fair amount of agile coaching and from that period of time I still have a single “Worth Remembering” activity. On one hand I think it is a bit pathetic that I can’t bear to move it to the done stage and make room for something new. But On the other hand it represents a valuable chapter in my life that I can use to compare my current activities against, and think about whether I miss it enough to change my current path back to what I once loved to do.
Recently I also noticed that only one of my “Wort Remembering” activities involves my family which has made me wonder wether my lifestyle is too narcissistic and I need to spend more time with my family. So other than capturing good memories my “Worth Remembering” also makes me reflect upon my overall balance in life, which I believe is a healthy thought process to go through once in a while.
To wrap up my conclusion is that the “Worth Remembering” stage is a simple way of remembering your successes but also act as a sanity check that continuously helps you to strive for the good life.
I am looking forward to hear your thoughts on this matter. Do you think this approach could work for you? or do you have another approach that has a similar effect?