In a time when book stores, magazines and other print materials are dwindling, I'm so glad journaling is still alive and well. It's one of the hobbies from my childhood that I remember most fondly, and also the one that took up the most of my time. Similar to a great book, a journal is a worthwhile investment – Hours spent are hours enjoyed. Journals are also akin to books in that the people who love them can never have just one (As a kid, I'm pretty certain I had more journals than friends. No joke).
It's fair to say my journaling hobby has fallen to the wayside as I've grown up, with other pencil-pushers like sudoku, word searches and grocery lists taking its place. But journaling, in no way, has lost its value to me. On the contrary, it's actually gained value in a whole new way.
I couldn't agree more. Journaling and working may seem mutually exclusive at first thought – I felt a little uncomfortable doing it at first, too. Once you shift your mindset, though, the necessity of career journaling becomes crystal clear. A work journal can serve so many purposes – relaxation, focus, and catharsis, just to name a few – and complement so many roles. It's also cheaper than therapy, healthier than booze, and more private than your Facebook wall (Not that we don't a little bit of those sometimes, too).
Here are 10 different ways you can use a journal for a more successful career:
Have you ever used a work journal? Did you find it helpful?
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