Going the extra mile is a great way to separate yourself from the pack, but it's not the only way. Instead of going the extra mile every once in a while, consider going the extra inch with every single thing you do. Photo by Biking Nikon SFO.
There's certainly nothing wrong with going the extra mile, but Josh Linkner at Inc. suggests the advice has become a little cliche and difficult to act on. Not to mention the fact that going the extra mile sounds exhausting when you already feel overwhelmed by the work you already have. That's why he recommends you try going the extra inch instead. Linkner provides some basic examples:
Instead of going the extra mile once or twice a year, reframe your approach to go the extra inch with rhythmic consistency... You get to create the extra inches that are right for you. If you're a student, the extra inch may be 10 additional minutes of study per day. If you're a software engineer, it could be one extra round of testing before launch. Those working on projects can add one extra idea or concept that wasn't part of the specifications, but takes the task to new heights. Scientists can add one extra experiment, while athletes can add one extra set in the gym.
Over time, those extra inches will add up to good things. More knowledge in your field of study, more progress at work, and more physical strength. And all without burning yourself out by overdoing things. Stretch those extra miles out into something far more approachable. The whole article is worth a read, so check it out at the link below.