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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

I would like to thank God for making me possible...

Back in the day, when I was younger and still had that minty-fresh smell, I had a boss who turned me on to the "yay-me" file. I still keep one, and it works so well I encourage my direct reports to do the same.

The basic idea is simple: you just keep a file of good stuff you do. When you figure out some trick new process that saves hours per week, you make a note about (don't forget to datestamp it) and drop it in the yay-me file. When you finish a project on time and under budget, you make a note that points to supplementary project files and you drop it in the yay-me file. Since it's only your eyes on the yay-me file, you can feel free to drop in even the most trivial bits good cheer. Did you cover Eleanor's phone while she went to lunch? Goes right in the yay-me file.

The reason for the yay-me file is two-fold. First, when you feel like you need to patch your personal suck you can crack open the yay-me file for a blast of good vibes from the past. The yay-me file reminds you that you aren't always lame and that you make good decisions and you do good work. And gosh darnit, people like you!

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