The Surprising Professional Reason You Should Keep a Diary
Dear diary: In 2016, we want to be better leaders.
If improving on and/or showing off your trailblazing ingenuity made it onto your list of resolutions, here’s a good place to start: According to a recent article in Harvard Business Review, keeping a journal is one of the simplest secrets to being an outstanding leader.
The reasoning is simple enough. It’s long been understood that thoughtful reflection is an extremely important practice for self-betterment and success. According to HBR, “Extraordinary leadership is rooted in several capabilities: seeing before others see, understanding before others understand, and acting before others act.” Each of these abilities, all of which sound somewhat superhuman, can be nourished via a commitment to writing in a journal every day.
To reap the benefits of regular journaling, some guidelines are important. Find a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted while you write. Create a routine where you write at the same time every day, and devote at least 15 minutes to the practice. Regarding what you write about, author Nancy J. Adler suggests you practice a combination of simply reflecting on whatever comes to mind and responding to pointed “trigger” questions (ranging from simply How am I feeling right now? to What is the most outrageous (or fun or novel) idea I’ve heard in the last 24 hours? What do I love about it?).
By carving out time from our busy lives to reflect on our unique perspectives, experiences, insights, and ideas, we learn and evolve more completely. By exploring new ideas freely and without judgment, we give them the space to develop and grow.
For more ideas regarding what to write about, visit Harvard Business Review.
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