Stephan Schmidt

😊 One Thing A Day For Happiness

Why does it feel like you achieve nothing?


You should aim for one thing a day. Accomplish one thing, not more, not less.

One thing a day is not about productivity. One thing a day is about happiness; there are many productivity methods around, and if you are looking for a productivity method look into Pomodoro. One thing a day is not one of them.

What is one thing a day? One thing a day means that you should do one thing a day that is significant; one thing a day that brings you forward. One thing a day that changes you. One thing a day that changes things; one thing a day that makes the day different.

Too often people do a lot of things at once. When I was a manager, I was flooded with work. I did a lot of work each day, but I had the feeling I didn’t make any progress. I had the feeling that I did not make any impact.

When my wife and I got a new garden, there was a lot of work. There was standard gardening, and watering, and looking for flowers. We worked very hard but we did not seem to make any progress. Like on a treadmill.

One day we made an observation. On that day we felt very good. Why? We had made a whole flower bed from start to finish. The garden had changed. It wasn’t the same as before. That day was different. We had achieved something that day. We were happy.

The same goes for your work.

Set out one goal, one thing that might take some time, but when you finish it, you’ll have achieved something. Writing an article. Finish a book chapter. Start and finish that strategy deck. A refactoring. Something large that will take some hours to finish.

It feels different.

You will feel happy.

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About Stephan

As a CTO, Interim CTO, CTO Coach - and developer - Stephan has seen many technology departments in fast-growing startups. As a kid he taught himself coding in a department store around 1981 because he wanted to write video games. Stephan studied computer science with distributed systems and artificial intelligence at the University of Ulm. He also studied Philosophy. When the internet came to Germany in the 90 he worked as the first coder in several startups. He has founded a VC funded startup, worked in VC funded, fast growing startups with architecture, processes and growth challenges, worked as a manager for ImmoScout and as a CTO of an eBay Inc. company. After his wife successfully sold her startup they moved to the sea and Stephan took up CTO coaching. You can find him on LinkedIn or on Twitter @KingOfCoders

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