Finishing off a long postponed task has the potential of becoming a highlight of one’s day. This is what happened to me today and the feeling of relief and satisfaction overshadowed all other impressions.
I had an overview document to finalize, a task which I haven’t been able to complete for a week. Every day more important or urgent activities came up. The days of busyness simply passed by and other events, people, projects, and a slight lack of focus stopped me from working on the document. I believe I have fairly good time and task management skills, so this situation was unusual and became very irritating.
I tried all my ‘tricks’ – blocked time on my calendar, schedule to do it as a first thing in the morning, created social pressure by talking about it, committed to a deadline – and managed to complete and hand it over today. That was probably the loudest Done! I have exclaimed in a long time. It’s impressive how small tasks can impede our work-related happiness and how satisfying the word Done! can be when completed. Having said that, I hope you don’t come across (m)any postponed tasks and wish you a quick path to the level ‘done!’ in case you do.