How is it that one workday can be so productive and fulfilling while another one can leave you contemplating a new career path? New research might hold a clue as to how to have more of the former.

A Harvard Business School professor and her psychologist husband analyzed daily diary entries from hundreds of employees to determine the secret behind a great workday. They discovered that when people made progress on a project and took a minute to recognize it, the positivity they felt was a boon to their performance and motivation.

We suggest following suit by writing down your daily ‘work successes.’ This will help you acknowledge the positives of your job and the progress you’re making, especially on days when you’re tempted to put in your two-weeks notice.

Have you ever tried keeping a work journal? If so, what effect has it had on your motivation at work?



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