Last week I realized how important it is to add a happiness task in your day.
What is a happiness task?
This one is quite simple. A happiness task is a task that makes you feel happy because you achieved it.
My Partner and I tend to disagree about the type of tasks that suppose to make you happy and feel productive.
On that day I had a list of 11 things to cross out, and I managed to do every single one of them.
Sharing it with my partner , it felt like an achievement as I really managed to do them all. Usually I cross out about 70-80% of the tasks , so this was quite unusual.
Right after that I told him I don’t feel happy about reaching this achievement and finishing all these tasks. I said I feel I didn’t make any progress.
He was asking why, since I progressed in so many things that day.
I said I felt that all the tasks on that day were bouncing back things I needed to take care of, Some of them were big important things and some were small things. These were emails I needed to get back to people and proposals I had to send.
The problem was that non of them were creating something new of myself, something that would actually make people respond to me and be more valuable on the long-term.
Take this post as example. It’s 7:20 in the morning , I woke up a short while ago so I’m at my most focused time of the day. It’s the time I create the best. After I’m getting into the office finding the time and muse to sit and write is very difficult. There are so many distractions!
Anyway, this post feels like something new I create, which my readers will respond to and be out there long-term for people to read. This is progress for me!
I’m trying to get better and better at choosing my tasks for the day and have at least one happiness task on a day and hopefully archiving it first thing in the morning.
The guys at The Sparkline split their day also this way. Morning hours are dedicated to create things that will eventually be published and build an ongoing value and require more focus. Afternoon is dedicated for tasks like emails, meetings and things that require less focus.
The tricky things about happiness tasks is that they are often less urgent than the other tasks and tend to link with longer goals.
Let’s take this post again as example. I could have written it next week or next month and it would still be ok. Nobody is forcing me to write it down on a certain time .
Still, understanding that these tasks are important ( but not urgent) I dedicate to make the time crafting the post right now. It has much more value on the long run adding readership to Startup Noodle and a good way to connect with my audience, therefore it’s a happy task.
Now over to you
What’s your experience with managing your time? Which tasks you prefer doing over others and which you count as more important for you? What’s your happiness tasks? Share it on the comments down below.
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