Picture this, you are at work and you’ve been killing it by tackling one project after another. But now you are feeling burnt out. Maybe even under-appreciated for your efforts.
At home, you are 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
Create an email folder titled “Kudos” or create a physical file in your desk (or both) and keep any compliments or praise from bosses, coworkers, clients or customers you receive.
The kudos file at work has two benefits.
When you are feeling burnt out or under-appreciated, you can glance at these momentos and it will give the boost you need to keep going and doing your best.
Additionally, your kudos file is a great place of reference when you need to update your resume or write 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. It is filled with cards from family and friends, personal accomplishments (certificates, newspaper clippings, etc.) and letters, art projects and cards from my daughter.
When I browse through this file I feel happy and proud of myself. A tiny surge to keep you powering through your day.
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. 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 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!