Career journaling

Journaling as a tool for productivity?

I recently read about a Harvard school of business study that saw participants keep a daily work journal. Subjects spent 10 to 15 minutes at the end of each day reflecting on the challenges and successes in their jobs. What they found was fascinating, from the perspective of both employers and employees. The subjects who wrote daily experienced a nearly 23-per-cent increase in productivity and performance.

As someone who wrote my way through a layoff and its subsequent months of uncertainty and fear, I can attest to the clarity of mind that daily journaling can bring. But I certainly never considered it as a tool for better performance on the job.

Perhaps this is one of those rarest of ideas — one that benefits everyone and costs nothing.

Would you ever consider keeping an end-of-day journal at work? I’d love to hear from anyone who has tried, or plans to.

Read more about the Harvard study and how to start here.

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