Highlights from #JournalChat Live
Our topic for #JournalChat Live this past week was Your Journaling: Work Wisdom as we discussed how we can use our journaling practice to keep track of our successes, relationships and satisfaction in our work life. Highlights are below.
Here are insights from Madeline Stilley with her post, The Benefits of Keeping a Work Journal:
Madeline describes this work journal as a "well-being" journal. Are you aware of your work life well being? Do you find yourself thinking about a specific conversation or task that stayed with you after it was over? That is a great place to start! Detail it and describe how it affected your well being; did it enhance or hinder? What progress did I make today and how did it affect my inner work life? What nourishment and catalysts supported me in my work? What one thing can I do to make progress on my important work tomorrow?
Here's my point of view and insight:
Journaling has always been a great reflection tool; and reflecting on our work day can really activate our awareness. I highlight work related activities with a star that I was especially happy about, with results or communication. If I'm not happy with it, I mark it with an X and describe in one word how I felt about it. This gives me immediate feedback on how my work day went. I like being "In the Know." Journaling can really make a difference in our work perspective. When you see your work progress in print, it can be an encouragement to see what you've accomplished. Journaling where you get stuck is also worthwhile; then you can brainstorm how to get into the work flow.
From Kathy Pooler:
Work settings hold a lot of potential for conflict as people have their own agendas. Journaling can help sort out your part. Self-awareness is the key and sometimes the hardest part is facing what you need to change. Once you evaluate the positives and negatives from one day, you can set goals for the next day based on that. Reflecting on setbacks from a pro/con angle can sometimes yield surprising results; what may seem initially like a catastrophe may turn out to be a blessing.
From Nathan Ohren:
Journaling is a great tool for a healthy work life. I train new managers to keep a journaling habit. Helps sort through decisions, build confidence, and keep a log of activity. Journaling for balance and clarity helps keep new action focused and professional.
From Michael Pearlman:
The beauty of writing things down--you start to see what's really going on and intuitive understanding and action emerge. The soul is always about delight in the journey.
And to Summarize:
When you journal about your work tasks, priorities, goals, and relationships, it provides clarity and peace of mind.
Keep a close eye on your work day in your journal and see how it improves all of your work life dimensions.
Check out the transcript for #JournalChat Live on 2/21/13. Special Thanks to Madeline Stilley for her fabulous post, The Benefits of Keeping a Work Journal, which was our journaling resource for this week's live chat.
Join us on 2/28/13 at 5 EST/2 PST for our next session of JournalChat Live. Topic is in the section for Pick of the Week.