“productivity” sucks, because the culture around it encourages us to maximize what we produce without encouraging us to take care of ourselves. look around you: so many self-help books, articles, videos and podcasts exist just to remind us that we are worth something.

i have a small e-mail folder called “good job”. it’s where i put the e-mails that highlight work that i am proud of. sometimes its kudos from a co-worker. other times it is a newsletter that i wrote that turned out really well. my “good job” folder helps me get in the habit of praising and rewarding myself every once in a while.