Ask the Readers: Do You Use Journaling for Professional Development?

 

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Most people tend to use journaling for personal growth, and that’s great because journaling can take your personal development to a whole new level. But it can do the same for your professional development.

If you want a successful career, or even if you are just trying to figure out what is the right career for you, journaling can speed up the process. It can give you the self-awareness you need to make the right decisions quicker, and to find the right path sooner. If you want to get promotions, or just learn the ropes in your new job, you can use journaling to figure out ideas, strategies and solutions. If you have never used journaling for your professional development, you can get started by keeping a career journal.

Today, I would like to hear from you. 

Have you used journaling for your career?

If you have, how have you used it?

Share your answers, or your tips for career journaling in the comments below. 

 

 

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4 Responses to “Ask the Readers: Do You Use Journaling for Professional Development?”

  1. Denise August 22, 2014 at 17:41 # Reply

    I have used a journal quite often for professional development purposes. I sometimes start with a short free write to vent or otherwise clear the cobwebs but I tend not to find venting for long periods very helpful. I like to create a mind map to organize my thoughts around an issue and start problem solving. This really appeals to my visual thinking. I also like to do perspective writes in which I explore two possible options as in … here’s what it might look like a year from now if I choose option A and here’s what it might look like a year from now if I choose option B. This helps me think through options more systematically. Finally, I like to use dialogue writes to role play on paper a conversation I need to prepare for, or to explore a challenging work-related relationship.

    • Dolly Garland August 30, 2014 at 11:42 # Reply

      Denise,

      That’s a very good way to use your journal both for personal and professional development. I think the last bit in particular, exploring a challenging work-related relationship is extremely useful, as we often end up with difficult colleagues/management and you have to respond to it within constraints of the work culture.

  2. Kate Davis August 24, 2014 at 10:52 # Reply

    Yes, I started one last week. I don’t really know how I’m going to use it yet as I’m just starting, but felt I needed more understanding of what I enjoy, what I’m good at and areas to improve.

    • Dolly Garland August 30, 2014 at 11:43 # Reply

      Kate,

      Getting started is the first big step. I wrote a post on here about career journaling, which may be useful for you.

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