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Sunday, February 28, 2021

    A Work Journal: Third in a four part series

    John A. Wojtecki
    John A. Wojtecki
    Doctor John A. Wojtecki has 45 years of experience in Human Resources, Safety, and Training serving the toy, food, plastics, steel, and office furniture industries. John operates his own consulting business and is a Certified Facilitator in Real Colors. He is a volunteer with the Quad Cities Mediation Service. He posts monthly on his LinkedIn account.

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    When last we met, we were discussing the book by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans “Designing Your Work Life.” Last article (the second of a four-part series) addressed gratitude. The third of four articles examines a work journal. Do keep in mind there is an emphasis on the need for self-ownership, for, “69% of employees are disengaged.”

    While researching work journal on “Bing”, I had to chuckle. The first item to pop up was a number of portfolios under work journal. Those portfolios did not come cheap. I noticed one for $94.00. Much too “pricey” for my cheap approach. About $94.00 too much for me.

    There are both online and paper approach to work journals. I am sure you would have your preference. Bing listed 10 computer-oriented apps. They are as follows: Daybook, Daylio, Diary++, Diaro, Diary Book, Five Minute Journal, Journey, Luci, Offline Diary, and Universum. To seriously approach a work journal, one must decide between online or paper, and then the format that would work best for you. I know that I have tried a number of approaches. I use my i-Pad calendar exclusively. I make it work for me.

    I found one interesting video on YouTube that had elements that could work for anyone on paper or online. The author’s name is: Jawwad Siddiqui. Again, the two page per day format could work for both online and paper format. Jawwad breaks down his daily planner into six sections. The first section is called: gratitude. This section harkens to my last article on gratitude. Jawwad writes every day three things for which he is thankful. I like that it is his first item on the daily planner. The second section is the area where he keeps track of his goals. I can see working either short or long-term goals into this section. This section should focus on outcomes. The third area addresses “unplanned” events, thoughts, and I would add exciting/disappointing events.

    The fourth section is headlined with a personal notes section. Personal errands, personal thoughts, almost anything could be included here. Noting future reading for personal or business purposes should be included here. The fifth area allows for post-it notes where items are not covered in the other five areas. This has a possibility to be merged with another section for simplicity purposes. Jawaad’s sixth area includes a calendar and allows for planning of self-development with a time-sensitive focus. I like and actively use the i-pad calendar.

    A theme with all this discussion is writing. One of Tim Ferris’ recent podcasts (I refer to Tim quite often) is with Dr. Jim Loehr. Loehr emphasizes the importance of journaling. He is a consultant to Olympic athletes. Loehr cites the (successes) results he has seen with these athletes before and after the emphasis on journaling. The journal becomes the documentation of growth and your potential/possibilities. I have my potential/possibilities written in my calendar on a daily basis, do you?

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