Well now this is a damn good question. On any given day, how do you know if you’ve "done enough"?

What does that mean to you? Is it a feeling (i.e. a sense of achievement) or is it an action (i.e. I wrote 500 words today, even if I hate 498 of them)? What do you tell yourself if you attain this done-enough-ness? What do you tell yourself if you don’t?

The way you interpret and answer this question will be completely unique to you. Which is, of course, the entire point.

For me, I think of the things I do that make me feel like I’m moving in the direction of myself. Not a better, shinier, more productive version of myself… but... more of who I already am.

So, on the days where I attained done-enough-ness, what did I do?

  • I made and/or shipped something
  • I moved my body purposefully
  • I learned something new that changed the way I see the world, others, or myself
  • I connected to something bigger than myself (if I get in a headspace where I think the world begins and ends with me it is a bad day, indeed)

It doesn’t matter if I did any of these things particularly well or if someone else liked them, it simply matters that I showed up. These are practices, not deliverables. And when I go through the (often messy) motions of the practice, I tend to feel like I’ve done enough.

Whatever this question brings up for you, perhaps it can serve as a prompt to uncover the practices that actually matter to you. To see if you’re making time for them and check if the way you measure success is serving you.

Be careful what you measure.

Your metrics matter.

I wrote this blog post a few weeks ago. Like most things I write for myself, writing about something is the start of exploring what it actually means to me. We really do write to figure out what we think—have you ever noticed that?

Anyways, it's probably not a coincidence that I started thinking about this particular question just after New Years. This is prime what-are-you-doing-do-something-different/better/more season, after all.

So much of our done-enough-ness is measured around tangible and/or work output. That's important, sure, but we know that a fulfilling life is built on more than work. If we're intent on building a life we're proud of, what do we need to do on a regular basis to feel like we're moving in that direction?

Most of what's surfaced for me are the practices I have around creative expression, movement, community, self/career-development, and spirituality. These are the things that underpin everything else, that allow me to do better work. These are the things that lead to the lagging indicators* we're all so fond of (healthy relationships, confidence, fulfillment, successful businesses/careers, money, etc.).

Perhaps all I'm talking about here is figuring out how to take care of yourself? In any event, I'd love to hear what this question brings up for you if you feel like sharing!

Thanks for reading, friends.

Be kind to yourself out there ❤️


P.S.! I've been blogging a bit the past month. It's feeling good to have a space to share quick thoughts. Here are my recent posts, should you be interested in reading them:

Create in context
Where's your long tail?
Grit is the new gatekeeper
Early adopters vs everyone else
I wish I started sooner

*lagging vs leading indicators when it comes to growth is a thing we NEED TO and WILL talk about ;)

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