When you start journaling your workday, you will notice that the mental “re-visit” helps you to get a different view of the situation. You may better realize how everyone including yourself acted and reacted in a situation. The re-visiting vantage point will allow you to view the scenarios that happened throughout the day; but without any preconceived notion or judgement. Learning from your findings will help you to build better work relationships- with your colleagues and your clients.
When you come across challenging situations, you can read from previous instances and see how you had handled it back then. You may think, why bother with ‘journaling’, I have a good memory and can easily refer to it as and when needed. But it is a scientific fact, that our memories get clouded by our reaction to a situation! We tend to glorify our wins and harshly judge our defeats more than the true merit of that situation.
In addition, over time you will remember mainly the key outcomes of a situation and not all the nuances that were involved. When you are looking for solutions to challenges, it is not the big outcomes that help- if that was the case then merely reading a problem-solving book would have got you the solution!
Referring to the fine nuances of past situations and then correlating them to current situation will allow you to truly see the underlying and hidden issues and challenges in a whole new light! This added insight and information will give you real, tangible advantage.
If you are aspiring to grow in your career or profession, then Journaling your Workday, is a simple practice you can start in this new year. It will bring you great ROI for years to come…