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Keeping a Work Journal

Keeping a Work Journal

Author: Laurie Knafo/Wednesday, August 05, 2020/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, SNI Certes, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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Journaling isn’t just for moody teens. Having a work journal where you reflect at the end of the day on what worked, what you could have done better, and other takeaways from the day, can help you get further with your career. It’s a simple practice that is easy to adopt and can be a beneficial endnote to your workday. Here are some practices to help you get started.

Questions to Ask

While you can certainly view the work journal as a way to write down your stream of consciousness, it can be helpful for some to have a point of reference for what to reflect on. Here are some questions that would be good to answer at the end of each day:

  • What is one takeaway or lesson you learned today?
  • Did you receive any compliments, kudos, or forms of appreciation at work today? If so, what was it?
  • What do you consider your top accomplishment of the day?
  • What could you have done better?
  • What is the top priority for tomorrow and how do you want to go into the day?

Additional Suggestions

If you had a particularly stressful day, you may find it helpful to vent and write out what you found so frustrating. It’s a safe space (since this is just for you) and can help you let go of those emotions so you don’t carry them into your personal life.

As you progress with your journaling you may also enjoy looking back specifically on the compliments/kudos (particularly when you didn’t have such a great day) and remind yourself that you are valued and appreciated at work. You may even want to start a separate section for this in your journal so it’s easy to reference when you need a quick morale boost!

In closing, journaling offers you a grounding moment at the end of your work day to reflect and capture the day’s events. It can help you pinpoint problems and illuminate what you may need to work on so you can get further in your career. It’s a simple practice so there are really no excuses not to give it a try. See how it works for you for a couple of weeks and change and adapt the questions to make it your own.

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Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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