7 Reasons Why You Need a Daily Journal When Working From Home
Working from home can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, you can work in sweatpants all day while on the other, your work and home life can quickly become blurred. Having a daily journal when you work from home can not only keep things in perspective for you, it can help you be more organized and feel accomplished. Keep scrolling to read our top seven reasons why journaling daily when you work from home can be beneficial for both you and your work.
1. Mental Well Being
Perhaps one of the most important reasons to journal after a day of work (whether you work from home or not) is the mental and emotional release. Especially if you are the type of learner that absorbs information best when reading or writing things down. Not only will writing the events of the day down make your own memory stronger and clearer, it also helps you identify how you use your time throughout the day. This catalog of your daily work life helps your brain compartmentalize and process your efforts.
It’s likely that when you’re at work, you keep a ‘to do’ list. Using a journal and keeping all of your ‘to do’ lists in one place lets you adequately look back and audit how you’ve managed your time on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis. You can also add to your list any ‘fires’ that sprang up that you were able to manage.
3. Recognize Your Successes
This may be one of the most important reasons to journal daily when you work from home. From an early age, we’re usually taught to focus on the negative instead of the positive. When you focus on the “wins” in your day this can shift the way you think about you and your work.
Perhaps you didn’t finish writing up that report or email, but you did solve a few other problems throughout the day. When you go to bed at night you want to focus on what you did right as this can motivate you and help you accomplish more the next day. It also helps you let go of a bad day so that you’re fresh and ready for whatever challenges come next.