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  • Do you feel satisfaction when the day ends?

    My day was a success. I analysed the reasons:

    1. Limited projects list (20 active projects): that allowed me to go through all the projects and move them further to completion. Or at least a major part of them. That gave me a sense of satisfaction and control.

    2. I had time slots for all of the contexts: I had preplanned meetings, I had time in-between meetings that I filled with @Mac context actions, I used my commute-work time to read some papers from my @Read context when I was still energised and my commute-home time to make some call from my @Phone list when was brain toast. No contexts were left untouched.

    What reasons allow for satisfaction at the day end?

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    Gratitude.

    Originally posted by Moka View Post
    What reasons allow for satisfaction at the day end?
    Gratitude. Gratitude that I was given one more day to accomplish something and I've accomplished it.

    Not necessarily a big thing...

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    • #3
      Also being able to look back at your lists and see what you've crossed off helps. In the rush of everyday life, it's easy to get to the end of the day and not know where the time went.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Moka View Post
        What reasons allow for satisfaction at the day end?
        Making a difference. Living up to my own high standards. I am satisfied with my day when I do not let myself down and when I advance my higher purpose.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Moka View Post
          My day was a success. I analysed the reasons:

          1. Limited projects list (20 active projects): that allowed me to go through all the projects and move them further to completion. Or at least a major part of them. That gave me a sense of satisfaction and control.

          2. I had time slots for all of the contexts: I had preplanned meetings, I had time in-between meetings that I filled with @Mac context actions, I used my commute-work time to read some papers from my @Read context when I was still energised and my commute-home time to make some call from my @Phone list when was brain toast. No contexts were left untouched.

          What reasons allow for satisfaction at the day end?
          Wow... even with 20 projects, I never hope to move forward on EVERY one of them in a single day. Nor do I expect to get to every one of my context lists... That being said, I get satisfaction at the end of the day when
          (a) I've made at least one person laugh & release some stress
          (b) My cat is purring contentedly at the foot of my bed (or - even better - on my tummy!)
          (c) I've done something to move at least one of my creative projects forward
          (d) I've knocked a BUNCH of stuff off my next action lists!
          (not necessarily in that order!)

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          • #6
            Wish I felt the same. On a good day I might get 8 next actions done, on an average week about 4.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Suelin23 View Post
              Wish I felt the same. On a good day I might get 8 next actions done, on an average week about 4.
              The number doesn't really mean anything without context to your usual performance though. If someone's good at capturing their actions in very small chunks they'll have high numbers, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're getting more done than someone who doesn't or isn't able to break their actions down so far.

              With Agile software development, you keep track of your team's velocity, which is based on the number of 'stories' they complete per sprint (usually a week long period). Some people miss the point and ask what an ideal velocity is, the only thing the velocity can compare to is your own teams performance, because it's based on how the team estimates their tasks.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Moka View Post
                What reasons allow for satisfaction at the day end?
                1) Everyone made it home from work/school without an international incident.
                2) No time was spent in hospital emergency rooms for martial arts-related injuries.
                3) We made it through the day without a plumbing-, heating-, air-conditioning-, sprinkler-, electrical-, financial-, emotional-, philosophical-, or paranormal-related emergency.

                Really, anything above and beyond that is icing on the cake.

                Dena

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                • #9
                  I like this question!

                  I think the days when I can look back and say:

                  (1) when it comes to what i've committed to, i made more good choices than bad choices
                  (2) i can find new things to be grateful for
                  (3) i feel ready for tomorrow
                  (4) i laughed

                  Now that's a good day for me

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                  • #10
                    Do you feel satisfaction when the day ends?

                    Usually, I'd tend to say that it is nice to have a constructive way of thinking and say that everyday is worth living and it brings you comfort to know that you've accomplished something for the time being, but what do we do when nothing seems to please us anymore?

                    In this case here I don't think a list might do the trick.

                    Suggestions anyone?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by teatrubucuresti View Post
                      Usually, I'd tend to say that it is nice to have a constructive way of thinking and say that everyday is worth living and it brings you comfort to know that you've accomplished something for the time being, but what do we do when nothing seems to please us anymore?

                      In this case here I don't think a list might do the trick.

                      Suggestions anyone?
                      You're right - when you're at this point, a list is going to do it! I would suggest - if you can - taking some time for yourself (as many hours as you can) and step back to do some thinking about what isn't the way you'd like it to be in your life. I like to start there, and then state each "negative" as its opposite, which often leads to several A-HA!s about a new direction. From there you can break the idea down into projects and next actions, and then you're back at your lists with a fresh perspective.

                      On a separate note - I notice a reference to Bucuresti in your signature block. I actually spent 3 weeks in Romania in high school as part of a glee club program - we even did a concert at the end for Ceausescu! (That's how long ago it was...!) We toured around from the Black Sea resort of Neptun up to Iasi, and in between... I'll never forget it!

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