How To Make the Most of a Productivity Journal

Finding it hard to stay motivated lately? You’re not alone. With a massive number of people working from home due to the COVID-19 crisis, it’s increasingly difficult to separate our personal lives from our professional ones. Spaces usually reserved for dining or sleeping have become the new workplace for many. Meanwhile, team leaders are struggling to boost employee morale in an era defined by Zoom meetings and virtual hangouts.

To help you stay productive in this new environment, you should consider making little adjustments to your daily routine. There are plenty of productivity tips you can try, including regular email breaks and ambient playlists. However, one of the best solutions is also one of the simplest: start a productivity journal.

The benefits of journaling for productivity

People who keep journals swear by the benefits. Once someone learns how to keep a work journal, they rarely abandon the practice. That’s because it’s an incredible tool for helping you to: 

Gather your thoughts Define your goals Express your emotions Record your progress Reflect on past experiences

There’s no doubt that journaling can help you be more productive. Journaling is essentially a practice in brainstorming, planning, monitoring, and analyzing your activities — all vital skills for improving productivity at work. This exercise can be hugely beneficial if you find it challenging to work from home and need that extra push.

How to journal for productivity

So, what exactly should you write in your productivity journal? The good news is, you can write whatever you want. Each person is unique and will have different metrics for achieving results.

However, there are some key activities that could help you with journaling for productivity:

Keep track of your goals in your journal

Writing down goals can have an incredible impact on your ability to accomplish them. A study at Dominican University revealed that students who wrote down their goals had a drastically higher rate of reaching them than students who didn’t write their goals down. The act of writing makes you consider what your goals are in the first place. It’s also a way for you to make a pact with yourself — think of your goal list as a written contract. Now that these goals exist in your productivity journal, you have to find a way to achieve them.

Use your productivity journal to make to-do lists

A journal is an excellent place for you to keep lists of more immediate tasks. Maybe you’re applying to graduate school and have a list of essays to write. Maybe you’re looking for a new job and need to update your resume. Or maybe you’re planning to start a blog and have a list of things you need to do to get started. Whatever you have on your plate, writing these tasks down in a productivity journal can help you accomplish them.

(Photo by Suzy Hazelwood from StockSnap) Analyze yourself in your journal

Once you’ve been journaling for a while, you can start to analyze how you work and what you could do to improve. Why not write down your thoughts on your productivity? Consider the following questions:

What tasks did you accomplish? How long did they take? What tasks are still on your list? What’s slowing your productivity? What increases it? What part of the day are

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