For most people, their early teenage years included writing a diary about everything that had happened in a day every night before going to bed. As the year progresses, the habit of keeping track of the things that happened every day became outdated and even embarrassing. However unbeknownst to a lot of people, keeping a daily work journal can actually be one of the most useful things that you can do to your career and professional development. You can always do it manually with a physical notebook, or you can also write it in form of a spreadsheet consisting of columns which you can separate further into dates, events, lessons, achievements, and probably mistakes.
“Why is it important?” you may ask, and to answer that question here are three reasons why keeping a daily work journal and reflect on your career can actually help you get a raise:
Reevaluate Your Company’s Milestones
Reevaluating your workplace milestones will help you to do a lot of wonders which usually can be very difficult or painstaking, such as convincing your boss to give you a raise. Once you keep track of all the developments and achievements that your company made, you will be able to extend the reflection further to the roles that you have played which help the company to achieve the aforesaid milestones, and also the overall value that you have brought to the company. Keeping a daily work journal will let you record the details of a specific event so that you will be able to also learn about the contributions and the value that you have brought to make that happen. This will definitely be helpful when the time comes for you to ask your boss for a raise or a promotion, because it will be impossible for someone to remember the details of so many events especially when you have worked for quite a long time.
Take Note of Your Own Development
There are a lot of things which you can reflect on your career, and keeping a daily work journal will actually help you in the process. First and foremost, keeping a daily work journal will help you to conduct regular self assessment and evaluation to see what you have accomplished so far and which areas you can improve in with regards to your job. By paying attention to your own career development, you will also be able to know your strengths and weaknesses therefore as a result you will be able to come up with a strategy to do better and better each day. Taking note of your own development is also essential for bringing up important requests such as a raise or a promotion. In addition to giving valuable contributions to your company, you can as well prove that in terms of personal quality and skills, you have developed into an individual that is worthy and capable of filling a specific position or getting a certain amount of salary. You can also include your career goals, in which you can always measure yourself how far you have gone from the starting point and how far it is to achieve what your intended objectives from the start.
Help To Make Better Decisions
Last but not least, keeping a daily work journal can definitely help you to make better decisions since you are able to really reflect on the advantages and disadvantages as well as the probability of something that may take place. Not only about deciding on asking for a raise or a promotion, but you can as well decide on the skills that you want to learn more, or the areas that you need to focus on. Moreover, keeping a daily work journal will also make you see your mistakes, and hence you will be reminded to not do the same mistake for the second time. Hence, you will be able to decide better from smaller things – like a task prioritization list and taking an extra programming course – to a huge and very significant thing like asking for a raise or requesting for a promotion. You will be able to always move forward, and before you realize it, you will get all the success and perhaps the raise that you have always wanted at work.