Like many of you, I have read my fair share of productivity and time management books. I repeatedly see many of them suggesting one habit - writing a daily journal. As soon I finish reading a book (well… sometimes even halfway through the book), I get pumped up and start writing a journal with a brand new notebook. First few days it will be rosy, then it will become like a chore and I will give up due to below reasons:
- Nothing different happens between two consecutive days
- My journal becomes boring as I end up writing similar types of things day-in and day-out.
But this time, I have decided to try something different - weekly Journal that too in a retrospective style.
My journal would focus on three key areas:
- Professional (what I achieved at work)
- Career Growth (what new skill I learnt / learning)
- Personal (relations, exercise, healthy eating etc…)
Journal would answer below questions:
- What worked well during the week?
- What didn’t go well?
- What I am going to try differently the following week?
Also, I am going to pick a day / time of the week I will most likely be free to write a journal and stick with it. Of course, with a brand new notebook 😄
- With these journal entries, I am hoping to write a more meaningful performance review at the end of the year as I have a record of what I have been doing on a weekly basis at the professional level.
- After a few weeks of writing, I could see a pattern and catch myself in areas I am not making much progress.
I am hoping I will stick with the habit this time as writing journal once per week is not too time consuming plus I am sure there will be something different to write about every week.
Thanks for reading!