Doing this simple habit every day can boost your career
A hectic schedule can really take a toll on a worker. With demanding work hours, project deadlines, and numerous tasks and meetings a common trend in the workplace, it’s so easy to stay busy and sometimes get sidetracked from what’s really important.
“’Busy’ is the most common reason people give me for not doing anything to build their brand so they can advance their career,” personal branding writer and author of Ditch. Dare. Do! William Arruda tells Forbes. “They make time for emails and meetings and teleconferences, but they don’t capture the true benefits of all those activities. Working in their career is getting in the way of working on their career.”
While you may feel your schedule is too busy to fit in any more tasks, there is one thing that Arruda recommends you do daily that you can always find time for: writing down your achievements.
Keeping a daily journal of your work successes will only take a few minutes out of your day, and will provide you with more benefits than you probably realize.
You may not be getting the praise you deserve from your boss because they’re busy as well, so this could be a good confidence booster, as well as a way for you to assess your strengths. It could also help you realize which activities you enjoy and which you dread.
“This self-awareness is critical as you decide where you want to go with your career,” Arruda says. “It’s not just about ‘doing,’ it’s about doing the things that energize you.”
In addition, this simple habit will leave you prepared when you have a performance review, and can even help you on your next interview. Writing down these things each day will allow you to remember everything, while some of your notable accomplishments may slip your mind otherwise.
So how do you go about starting this habit? It just takes three easy steps: choose a consistent place and time of day to write in your journal, add it to your to-do list or calendar, and then finally, just do it!