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Working from home can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, you can work in sweatpants all day while on the other, your work and home life can quickly become blurred. Having a daily journal when you work from home can not only keep things in perspective for you, it can help you be more organized and feel accomplished. Keep scrolling to read our top seven reasons why journaling daily when you work from home can be beneficial for both you and your work.
1. Mental Well Being
Perhaps one of the most important reasons to journal after a day of work (whether you work from home or not) is the mental and emotional release. Especially if you are the type of learner that absorbs information best when reading or writing things down. Not only will writing the events of the day down make your own memory stronger and clearer, it also helps you identify how you use your time throughout the day. This catalog of your daily work life helps your brain compartmentalize and process your efforts.
It’s likely that when you’re at work, you keep a ‘to do’ list. Using a journal and keeping all of your ‘to do’ lists in one place lets you adequately look back and audit how you’ve managed your time on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis. You can also add to your list any ‘fires’ that sprang up that you were able to manage.
3. Recognize Your Successes
This may be one of the most important reasons to journal daily when you work from home. From an early age, we’re usually taught to focus on the negative instead of the positive. When you focus on the “wins” in your day this can shift the way you think about you and your work.
Perhaps you didn’t finish writing up that report or email, but you did solve a few other problems throughout the day. When you go to bed at night you want to focus on what you did right as this can motivate you and help you accomplish more the next day. It also helps you let go of a bad day so that you’re fresh and ready for whatever challenges come next.
4. Record Your Good Ideas
Your best idea may not come during a scheduled brainstorming session. Maybe you’re writing out an email or in the middle of a presentation when suddenly the other shoe drops and you have a great idea to solve a problem. Having a daily journal on hand makes it quick and easy to write down your stroke of genius so that you have a chance to workshop it later and flesh it out.
5. Vent Your Frustrations
Even if you’re currently working in your dream job, it’s likely that at some point you will run into a colleague, client or vendor that irritates you for one reason or another. There’s no place better to get out your frustrations than in your daily work journal. In your journal, you can write down what you wish you could say to your client or client. Read it a few times if you want to, close the journal and let it go.
6. Goal Set
Professor and researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky says that spending 20 minutes each day writing a narrative description of your “best possible future self” can help boost optimism and an overall sense of happiness. Instead of being stuck in a routine, think about and write down any opportunities you can think of for growth both personally and professionally. If you know where you want to go, it’s easier to set smaller steps on the path to getting there.
7. Write Down Advice
Have you ever heard an inspirational TED talk and then forgotten the details a week or so later when you try to recount it to colleagues and peers? This is where a daily work journal can be extremely helpful. When you receive great guidance from a mentor, peer or manager, writing it down not only helps you remember it better in the future, it also helps you remember it in case you want to pass it down to your own mentee one day.
In the digital age, we’re all very good at sharing quick and punchy information like easy DIY minimalist holiday pieces or our favorite tweets and infographics. However, having a safe internal space to document and share your professional experiences and thoughts lets you reflect and analyze your thoughts better. Using a daily journal when you work from home can help you unlock your professional and personal potential, so why not start today?