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.
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
- What is one lesson (or lessons, if you have many!) that I learned today?
- Did anyone compliment or comment my work today? What did they say?
- What is one big thing that I accomplished today?
- Did I do anything above and beyond my basic job description today?
- What is one way that I can go above and beyond tomorrow?
- What could I have done to be more productive?
- What was something proactive I did today?
- What is a gap in the business that I could solve? What could I do?
- What task was the most energizing? What was the most draining?
- What am I grateful for at work?
- What are three things I have to accomplish tomorrow?
- What were some internal and external challenges?
- What are some personal and professional development activities I’ve done? (Such as classes, networking events, informational interviews, reading industry publications.)
- Who did I reach out to and connect with?
- What are my short-term and long-term goals?
- How did I help my colleagues or clients?
- What do I like or dislike about the company culture?
This is a sponsored post in partnership with Wacom and Her Campus Media. All words and opinions are my own.