You are at work and you’ve been killing it by tackling one project after another and now you are feeling really burned out or maybe you are feeling under-appreciated for your daily efforts.
At home, you are feeling overwhelmed by kids and responsibilities and feel like you are stuck in a thankless existence.
Everyone needs a little encouragement from time to time. A really useful tool in getting that boost is by keeping a kudos file.
Kudos File at Work
Either create an email folder titled “Kudos” or create a physical file in your desk (or both) and keep any compliment or praise from bosses, coworkers, clients or customers that you get.
The kudos file at work has two benefits.
When you are feeling burnt out or down or under-appreciated, you can glance at these momentos and it will boost your confidence and give you a sense of pride and purpose to fuel you to keep going and doing your best.
I have a Kudos folder in my office email. Glancing back through all the kind words revives my motivation when I need it.
Additionally, your kudos file is a great place of reference when you need to update your resume or when writing a cover letter. Your accomplishments and the words that other people use to describe your work are all in one place.
Kudos File at Home
You need encouragement in your personal life as well. I keep a kudos folder in a file cabinet at home. It is filled with cards from family and friends, personal accomplishments (certificates, newspaper clippings, etc.) and the best is letters, art projects and cards from my daughter.
Looking at all of these things makes me feel accomplished, happy and proud of myself. Definitely what you need to get through the day to day doldrums of life.
Most importantly, don’t forget to be encouraging to others! Tell the waitress’s boss what a great job she did, send an email to your coworker or boss when they nailed an assignment, and send cards and leave notes for your family and friends. One little word can make a HUGE impact on someone else’s day.
Your words of encouragement may even end up in their kudos file.
So if you don’t have a kudos folder, definitely start one. And if you do have one, go back through it for a injection of happiness and good vibes.
If you would like to share what you keep in your kudos file, feel free to do so in the comments. As always, I love to hear from you!
You are so awesome!