On Keeping a Daily Journal

Keeping a daily journal or diary is not ordinarily the first thing that comes to mind when we thing about strategies to improve our work performance.
But recording the daily events at work, along with your thoughts and feelings about those events, can be an excellent way of showing how your work life is progressing. It can provide insight into how you really spend your time, not how you think you do. It can also help you with making plans for future projects.
It may take a little getting used to if you haven’t done it before. But the more you do it, the more you are likely to find how informative it is about what you do.
Writing daily about your life at work can also be a great way to give you a look at how you are performing, where your strengths and weaknesses are, what things give you the most enjoyment. It may help you to see where you can be the most successful.
Your diary will become a record of how you are developing in your job, or not developing. It will also help you to locate the places and times where you made mistakes. And, the longer your personal record becomes, it will help you to gain perspective on your career, as you get to see how things play out over time, how some things that seemed so momentous at the time they occurred, later seemed rather insignificant.
Psychological research has also shown the value of writing about daily experiences. Writing about traumatic or stressful events helps a person develop a stronger defense system to adversity and actually helps improve overall health and sense of well-being. It may even lead to some unexpected discoveries.
As you read over your entries, more removed in time, you will most likely notice things that you never would have while the events were occurring. You will see how your perspective and feelings toward events has changed with time.
For example, one person who kept a work diary noticed over time, that he had a rather negative view of things that happened at work, an attitude that generally saw a glass half empty rather than half full. As a result, he resolved to change his attitude.
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