How to Stop Regret from Taking a Toll on Your Work

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Do you often feel you did not work hard enough or achieve enough during the workday? If so, know that you are not alone.

Many employees have unrealistic expectations of themselves at work. These expectations may come from their beliefs or colleagues’ and coworkers’ examples.

When these unrealistic expectations are not met, regret sets in. As regret builds up over time, it takes a toll on the employee’s work.

The employee may start trying to fill every minute with work activities. However, this approach negatively impacts their physical and mental health. Consistently working without breaks also leads to burnout.

Fortunately, you can take steps to stop regret from taking a toll on your work. These suggestions can help.

Implement these tips to stop regret from taking a toll on your work.

Understand the Source of Your Regret

Determining where your regret comes from helps reset your expectations. For instance, internal accountability can result from telling yourself you are not working hard enough or reaching milestones fast enough. In this case, you should improve your self-talk and learn to be compassionate and supportive.

External regret can result from pressure from colleagues and coworkers who expect you to do more than you already are. In this case, you may want to work with them to realign your goals, reset everyone’s expectations, and openly communicate your progress toward your objectives.

Avoid Comparing Yourself to Others

Comparing your work performance to your colleagues’ or coworkers’ performance is unhelpful. Comparisons typically lead to focusing on your shortcomings rather than your strengths.

Instead, compare your current performance to your past performance. Changing your mindset supports motivation to do better today than you did yesterday. Consistent focus on personal growth supports healthy performance and productivity.

Maintain Realistic Expectations

Prioritize two or three tasks you want to complete each day. Focus on completing these tasks before starting other ones. If you run out of time, move the remaining charge to the next day.

Setting attainable expectations helps you feel accomplished. The more often you reach these expectations, the more productive you should feel. Focusing on what you achieved throughout the day leaves no room for regret.

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