An alternative approach to completing tasks helps lessen frustration.

How often do you actually check off all the boxes on your to-do list? If you’re like most employees, the sheer volume of tasks on a daily basis can grow frustrating. The temptation to self-critique – rather than self-motivate – is only natural. But rather than replay what you should have done all day, focus on the tasks you successfully completed and the manner in which you completed them. advises:

Now don’t just give them a cursory glance, actually read through the list of things that you were able to cross off and give yourself a pat on the back for getting them done. This might sound kind of silly, but it is amazing how much better you feel at the end of the day when you acknowledge what you did instead of beating yourself up for what you didn’t do.

Rather than focusing on what tasks remain, shift your perspective to the things you accomplished. What did you learn? What will you do differently tomorrow? What are you most proud of? By honing in on the positive, your endless to-do list suddenly feels less daunting. And when you take time to acknowledge your positive attributes, you use them more.

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