So what’s the best way for a food truck owner to use the last 10 minutes of their day? Take this brief period of time to reflect on your workday: what invigorated you, what frustrated you, and what you plan to do next. Then write down 100 words about it.
Depending on what you choose to write in a work diary, the exercise may serve to motivate you as you keep a record of your “small wins,” incremental steps toward meaningful goals. Or it may help you to plan if you use it as a tool for drafting your next steps.
You may find that writing a work diary fuels your personal growth. A work diary can also be a way of working through your difficult events, helping you gain new perspectives on them. On frustrating days, it can serve as a reminder that you’ve made it through days that seemed even worse.
Here’s why it’s important to keep a work diary:
- Release. It always feels good to unwind and recount the bits of the day.
- Honest overview. Being able to recall the day allows you to see some of the other things you did get done that weren’t on the list.
- See wins. Closing a day out looking at what was accomplished can be a massive motivator to help start the next day, and can keep you from closing the day on a sour note.
- Minimize mistakes. The worst parts of your days are important to remember. Reverse engineering what went wrong is helpful to ensure it doesn’t happen again, and a work diary is perfect for this.
- A new perspective. The most helpful of a work diary is getting perspective on what your entire day looks like. Perspective is everything!
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