Journaling about Work

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Jobs are an important element in our lives. We spend an enormous amount of time commuting, working, and thinking about working. We love our work, or we hate our work, or we’re just resigned to the idea that it’s a necessity and, love it or hate it, we have to endure it.

Regardless of how you feel about it, much of our lives are consumed by it, and so a lot of what you write about will involve work issues and work relationships. Processing work information is critical to our sanity! You really do need to be writing about it, talking about it, processing your feelings about it.

These days you must be very careful where you talk about work. Just so we’re clear, social networks are probably not the best place to process through what’s going on at work. Careers are jeopardized by frustrated individuals who said something on a social network that was really only a short term problem and would have been resolved quickly and quietly — except they published it on the internet. Wow! Shall we talk about nuclear fall out?

Talking to a significant other may be helpful if that person is a great listener who understands that you don’t want someone to solve the problem for you, or to even offer you solutions. You just want someone to sympathize.

One of the best ways to process through work issues is to write about them. In a private place. Like your journal.

More times than I can count, I have a better understanding of the problem, and arrive at better solutions by putting it down on paper. Without alienating a coworker, and causing World War III in the process. And I’m also creating memories at the same time. That’s also very important.

Journaling about work helps in other ways, too. It’s a simple method for tracking when you went to work for a particular company, as well as when you quit. Great for completing applications; one of my all time favorite things in the world! You can go back and see what you liked and disliked, what you accomplished and what disappointed you. Employers are actually interested in these kinds of things. One of the most difficult interview questions is the dreaded, “Tell me about a time when…..” How good would it be to review before an interview and speak to something from your experiences, recalling it as if it were just yesterday? Impressive.

When you’re journaling, don’t forget about your work experiences. They comprise much of your life.

Start journaling about your work today, and keep it going on a daily basis. Next, try to remember the excitement you felt that first day of work on this job. How does that differ from how you feel now? Describe both sets of feelings.

Now, complete a resume-like timeline of your jobs, going back as far as you can remember. Fill in any details you can think of, by the way. Be as complete as you need to be. Go back as far as the first job you held as a youngster, maybe delivering papers. Write about the excitement of being paid in cash, and how you felt about that smell of money, the feel of it, and what you bought with it.

Have fun with work! I’d love to hear your stories; please share them.

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