Keep a Journal, It'll Improve Your Career!
By David Moir,
I've kept a journal for about the last 5 years. It's been hard at times. It's also been therapeutic and a huge help. Either way, journaling is as an investment that has paid dividends personally and professionally.
There are two big reasons to keep a "professional" journal. First, writing forces you to think through and understand situations. Second, it'll save you from reinventing the wheel in the future.
The fundamental concept of journal writing is easy: Write down any information now that may be useful or relevant in the future - you are basically building your own personal knowledge base. Think of it as an investment. A few sentences now might save you hours in the future. This applies to a private or a professional journal. Good or bad, it's important to keep up with your journaling because you'll never know down the road what may be useful. Don't forget about the bad things...they may bear the sweetest fruit.
There are many reasons why professionals keep journals (e.g., to prove what has been agreed upon) I believe the "don't reinvent the wheel" aspect to be one of the most important ones. You are constantly solving problems. Some are small; some are bigger. Some are challenging to solve, as they require you to mobilize all your creative potential; some are boring but the solution is no less important.
Writing a journal is an investment of your time. Like most investments it is not always easy to know if you should get out of it or if you should be doing it differently.
I say go ahead and try! Get your Journal on!