17 Work Journal Prompts That Will Help Your Career

We’ve probably all fallen into this trap. We are so concerned with accomplishing the many tasks on our to-do lists that we forget to stop and look at the big picture. We forget to think about how we can go above and beyond, consider what we’ve accomplished, or even check in with how we’re feeling at work. As Kate White would say, we forget to drain the swamp. One of the best ways to make sure you’re regularly reflecting on your career? Keeping a work journal. There are a lot of benefits of keeping a work journal! Of course, that’s easier said than done. Sitting down and staring at a blank page at the end of a long workday can seem like just another thing to cross off of your to-do list, unless you come prepared. Wacom gave me a Wacom Bamboo Folio that I use to keep my work journal and keep track of work journal prompts.

17 Work Journal Prompts That Will Help Your Career

I like to write my work journal on paper so I’m more likely to write freely without deleting and editing. Wacom Bamboo Folio lets me write my work journal then store and share notes on Evernote or Dropbox so I can access them anywhere. If you download The Wacom Inkspace app, you organize, edit, and share notes straight from your phone or tablet.

Work Journal Prompts That Will Help Your Career

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Work Journal Prompts

  1. What is one lesson (or lessons, if you have many!) that I learned today?
  2. Did anyone compliment or comment my work today? What did they say?
  3. What is one big thing that I accomplished today?
  4. Did I do anything above and beyond my basic job description today?
  5. What is one way that I can go above and beyond tomorrow?
  6. What could I have done to be more productive?
  7. What was something proactive I did today?
  8. What is a gap in the business that I could solve? What could I do?
  9. What task was the most energizing? What was the most draining?
  10. What am I grateful for at work?

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  11. What are three things I have to accomplish tomorrow?
  12. What were some internal and external challenges?
  13. What are some personal and professional development activities I’ve done? (Such as classes, networking events, informational interviews, reading industry publications.)
  14. Who did I reach out to and connect with?
  15. What are my short-term and long-term goals?
  16. How did I help my colleagues or clients?
  17. What do I like or dislike about the company culture?

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This is a sponsored post in partnership with Wacom and Her Campus Media. All words and opinions are my own.

12 Responses to 17 Work Journal Prompts That Will Help Your Career

  1. Elly Leavitt says:

    I keep hearing about this Bamboo thing and I feel like I need to try it out because everyone loves it haha.. great roundup!

  2. Mckenna Bleu says:

    These are all great and will help you so much! Its awesome to write things down to remember or think about!

  3. Great tips for journal prompts! I know they would’ve helped me a few years ago!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

  4. Greta says:

    I need to try this product to help with taking notes during grad school and for journaling. It sounds so helpful!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  5. Katie says:

    These are awesome prompts, perfect for both focusing and reflecting on your career!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

  6. Awesome prompts, especially the ones about lessons!

  7. Sarah says:

    I love this post! It’s a great idea to try to push ourselves and see what we’re doing to go above and beyond in our everyday work!

    x Sarah
    http://www.bohochiccafe.com

  8. I have been toying with the idea of journaling again (I used to as a child). I think I will start by doing the one-sentence journal because I think it will really help me focus on the positive aspects of each day as much as possible.

  9. Jenny says:

    The Wacom Bamboo looks awesome!
    Need to try it.

  10. Ashley says:

    This is so cool! I really want to start journaling about my career, because I think it will help me figure out what to do!

    Saving this for later!

  11. I’ve kept personal journals before but never work ones! Such an interesting concept- I love this idea!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

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