I find the outcomes can mostly be separated into three buckets and as far as I’m concerned, three positive outcomes is an outcome-ful day and one well-lived:
1. Give something HELPful
What did I do today that helped someone? How did I make a positive difference in someone else’s life? For example, I shared a piece of information with a customer or sold them a product that helped them in some way. Or simply, I helped my kids with their homework.
2. Take something USEful
What did I do today that was useful to me? For example, what did I learn from something I read or someone I spoke with? What knowledge or skill have I acquired today that is useful to me or is likely to be useful to me in the future?
3. Participate in something MEANINGful
What did I do today that aligns with my purpose or progressed me towards finding my purpose? What was I a part of that made a difference in the world today? For example, I participated in a meeting and contributed to change, or I attended an event and demonstrated support for a cause.
Importantly, in an outcome-ful day, you don’t have to separate work and life. You just need to accept that you only have one life which is made up of a limited number of days (inputs) but an unlimited number of possibilities (outcomes). Some days you will have more outcomes at work, some days more at home. The goal is not to balance them but to integrate them so that everyday is an outcome-ful day and one that you are glad you had.