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Quick Wins Amongst Long Battles

San Francisco, California

It was an accidental experiment when I stopped doing quick wins and noticed the affect it had on me personally. I didn't mean for it to happen, it was simply because I started focusing on some really big and time consuming features and integrations. They were really important, features, but what was more important is how I felt day to day and without the quick wins, I began losing some energy.

Luckily, I work with the most amazing and smart people and they1 pulled me aside asking if there was anything they could do to help. This was when I realized what I was doing wrong. I used to knock off these little victories quite frequently. I was super productive and it felt really good. It all sort of changed recently and here's what I learned:

Over the past two weeks I've been really focused on huge tasks. Consumed is a better word, really. I had stopped doing quick little tasks (or wins as I like to call them) which boosted my energy, happiness, and productivity. These little wins brought instant gratification, which makes me very excited and productive.

Not having these quick wins every day slowly took a toll on my mental health. The longer tasks and integrations slowly broke me down. I didn't have the instant gratifications every day that I was used to. It's like the drops of water that slowly weather down stones. I didn't realize that a little drop can have such a large impact. Eventually, as the drops persist, the stone becomes small and insignificant. I never wanted to feel insignificant.

The quick wins help increase my energy and productivity. I'm mentally sharper when I set aside time each day to knock some of them out. I've dedicated time each and every day to knock them out. It's a vital process, and I think everyone who works hard could benefit from it.

I'm not sure if I would have fully realized the impact that they have if this hadn't happened. It was the absence of the quick wins, the increased energy and productivity that made me realize how important they truly are.

  1. Thanks Joel and Leo :)