Updated: Mar 30, 2021
Journaling is a fantastic way to document your hopes and dreams so you can create tangible goals for your career but it’s also a great way to document daily what processes work or don’t work, what you feel passionate about and what you don’t, and so on. Whatever you track and analyze can always be improved.
Make it a habit to write out your thoughts and feelings regarding your career every day. Include your energy levels, what you did well, and what needs work. If you notice a pattern of low energy levels, for example, try making changes. Be proud of the things that go well; pat yourself on the back and review if there’s a way to create a process for this task so you improve the chances of it going well again.
Analyze where you need help and brainstorm ways to improve those tasks. This journal will be a fluid and ever-changing document to track those changes that work and those that don’t.
Journaling will also help you stick to your boundaries. Make note of how you’re feeling about decisions and how to better enforce that particular boundary in the future. Notice if there’s a pattern to when or how frequently you break a boundary; maybe that boundary needs to shift or change. Your journal notes will help you determine this.
Need a fresh new project or idea? Start journaling your ideas and flesh out some details. Keep all this information in one place and work on expanding the idea until you have a clear path to its completion.
Have you heard of mind mapping? This is a similar process to journaling because you’re documenting and mapping out different steps and directions you want to take your career but this is more ‘big picture’ where your journal documents your day-to-day feelings. No matter which processes you use, start with your big picture goal and then break that down into smaller, more doable tasks. You may find that you have different monthly goals, each one building upon the last, which lead you to your ultimate goal.
Once you reach that ultimate goal, it’s time to re-examine your career and figure out a way to leverage it even more. Refer back to old journals and laugh at the things that you feared. If you’re growing as a person and learning from your mistakes, chances are these old fears will seem miniscule compared to what you have since accomplished.
Journaling also shows you clarity about your life and your passions, and, ultimately, your business. It’s one thing to say you’re passionate about your business and go through the motions to grow it but when you write the truth in your journal, you may find your passions lie elsewhere. And that’s alright! Explore these old journal entries, reflect on how you’ve grown as a person, and take that knowledge with you into the future.
Dream big! Nothing is impossible.
Blessings & Love,
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