Some days at work have been really hard. Where the day, week, or month just felt like a series of setbacks where I didn’t know where I was going, or worse, down a path I didn’t want. Instead of shutting down and hiding under a bag of Cheetos, I try and focus on small, concrete things I can do that feel distinctly like a movement in a “right” direction, no matter how small. It can be making time for a really good workout, asking someone in the office I admire out to coffee, having a two-hour conversation with my sister, researching one career idea that sounds appealing, or cooking my favorite dish. I’m a strong believer that the big things I want (good career, relationships, health, etc.) can only come from small, consistent efforts towards them.
A few years ago I had failed a big negotiation at work and had felt completely defeated. I ended the day by uploading my CV to the World Bank website, even though my friends who worked there told me it would be a waste of time as the database houses thousands and thousands of CVs. It was a small, 15 minute effort that helped me get through that moment; and I am happy to say that I ended up getting more mileage out of it (read: I now work at the World Bank) than any bag of Cheetos.