There are some weeks where projects flood into the work place and deadlines get closer and closer. It is easy for anyone to slip down the rabbit hole of stress and anxiety as the "task list" seems daunting. To prevent our minds from feeling overwhelmed and leaving our brains fried by the end of the week, we decided to perform an experiment by changing one word in our weekly meetings. What if we changed the word "project tasks" to "project goals" instead? We found by doing this, our week felt more positive, our minds felt more motivated, and we left each work day feeling empowered, successful, and productive.
The word "goal" is often associated with positive feelings and brighter outlooks. Each goal you achieve, your body sends off little spurts of dopamine. Dopamine motivates your brain to take action and gives you the encouragement your mind needs to achieve goals and overcome any daily challenge.
"You can stimulate the good feeling of dopamine by embracing a new goal and breaking it down into achievable steps, rather than only allowing your brain to celebrate when you hit the finish line."
By removing "daily tasks" to "daily goals" to our work day, we found our office's work performance increased and our teams had a positive outlook for each week. Each goal ahead appeared less burdening and people were feeling more empowered every time they achieved a new project goal.