I’ve kept a diary on and off since I’ve been able to write. I don’t re-read my old diaries that often, but when I do it’s encouraging to see how far I’ve come and how much I’ve grown. Writing in my diary is like sitting down with a cuppa and a close mate to unload all of my thoughts and problems (without actually dumping on someone). By simply writing down a problem or a question, I’ll often find an answer or an alternative path. And even if I don’t find the answer, by putting it down on paper, somehow I manage to clear out precious head space by de-cluttering my angst.
When I found out I’d been short-listed to share my experiences with woman.com.au I was excited to learn that the feature was called “Gen Y Diary” and that we were encouraged to share our thoughts and experiences as if we were keeping a diary. In the same way that we keep personal diaries, I think it’s also important to keep a business diary. I’m not talking about the type of diary that has all of your appointments in it – I’m talking about an informal diary that contains your hopes, dreams and goals, as well as your achievements. With a never-ending “To Do” list, I think it’s important that we occasionally take the time to reflect on our achievements. Whilst we might finish the day thinking “I didn’t get xyz done”, it’s also important to acknowledge what we did get done and take a moment to pat ourselves on the back for it.
“I don’t have time” is usually the main reason that I (and most people, I suspect) stop keeping a diary, so here are my top tips for keeping regular diary – for business or pleasure:
If you’ve never kept a diary, I challenge you to put pen to paper this week and see how you feel at the end of this week.
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