Do you know what I’m realizing now more than ever? Keeping a detailed (and honest) record of events, professionally and personally, is critical to one’s success. Recalling your thoughts, reactions, and daily sequence of events plays a major role in your ability to recall events. Every day at work, my to do list can go from 5 to 15 items. That’s potentially 75 tasks a week and 3,600 tasks a year, excluding the month of time spent out of the office for vacations and holidays. So, if ever asked to account for what I did on June 6, 2015, I wouldn’t be able to without daily journaling.
In addition to keeping a professional record, it will be nice to be able to sit down with my grandkids in 50 years and explain to them that their 78-year-old grandpa was once a recent college graduate just trying to make his way in the world and keep their grandma in a safe neighborhood. But I can’t accurately tell that tale without writing everything down. I pride myself on having a great memory but some things just slip our minds. It happens. We’re human and we are flawed. But these notebooks… As long as they stay in my possession, they will hold valuable information that will, decades (maybe even centuries) from now, explain the world as I saw it in the contemporary.
So go out today and buy a journal. I don’t recommend journalling online unless you know you have the discipline to do it. Buy one that speaks to your personality and that costs a few dollars so that you’ll be more likely to use it. And write. About everything. And I mean EVERYTHING. Don’t hold back. Don’t be shy. If you never want to share it, you never have to. But it’s nice to always have the option.
Make professional development a priority.