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How to be your own work valentine (Pt. 2)

Updated: Apr 7, 2020

Here are a few more tips from my Forbes interview on how to have self-love at work. Being your own work Valentine isn’t about conversation hearts and red roses--it’s about appreciating who you are at work and beyond and letting that color your workdays.

List Your Accomplishments: Micro Edition

Before you wrap up your workday, make a quick list of all the things you did today. Gretchen Rubin calls this your “Ta-Da List,” and it’s a powerful, visible affirmation of your accomplishments. Instead of dwelling on what you didn’t do and ending your day worried about what’s still on your to-do list, take a minute to pat yourself on the back for what you did do. It’s often more than you think!

List Your Accomplishments: Macro Edition

Make a list of all the amazing things you’ve done: jobs you’ve gotten, presentations you’ve nailed, kids you’ve grown and raised, 10Ks you’ve run, anything that fills you with pride, personally and professionally. Keep the list in your desk or on your phone, and give it a read when you need pumping up before a meeting or interview, to remind yourself that you are awesome.

This ritual also applies any time you’ve had a disappointment. Allow yourself time to feel let down, and when you’re ready, check your list. You’re still you, you’re still accomplished, and you’re ready for the next challenge!

Check in With Yourself

When was the last time you took stock of your emotions, stressors, and priorities? Taking five minutes to reflect on the state of your work-life union can help you identify pressure points and strengths you may not see on a day-to-day basis. Kari and her team at Uplift developed the Working Mom Check-Up, which takes your pulse on your risk for burnout, helping you understand where you stack up with other working moms. The Check-Up is like having a heart-to-heart with yourself about your needs, as any good Valentine should.

Also, don’t forget to tune into our webinar with Fairygodboss on How to Crush it as a Working Mom at noon eastern today.

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