NEWS FLASH ….Long gone are the days when workplaces were fun yet professional, nonstop productivity yet (or should I say AND) satisfying, and competitive but with that good old family-feel. With today’s workplace looking and carrying on like a war zone, what is an employee to do? Here are 4 reasons why you should write down your experiences at work:
- It’s cathartic. Like me, you may not necessarily have someone in your life who is willing to listen to you vent about the minutiae of what happens on the job (unfortunately some of our loved ones just don’t get it and that’s okay). Keeping a journal fills that void and allows you to “go to town” on your feelings and perceptions about the people and processes that put that crick in your neck and excruciating throbbing smack dab in the middle of your eyes and forehead (yes, you know what I’m talking about). Writing is a freeing process that gives you permission to acknowledge your feelings with no flinching, eye-rolling, and more importantly, no judgments.
- It’s self-affirming. When I read over one of my first journals, I was both amazed and disappointed at how I allowed outside forces and unimportant masses determine my good fortune in and enjoyment of myself in activities that I love to do. Writing gave me an outlet founded on recognition and confirmation of the value that I bring to any situation, and it will do the same for you too. Don’t worry if, at that moment, you are feeling down and out – just write.
- You’ll maintain your sanity. Ever had a day where you wanted to be the exact opposite of who you really are? You know what I mean, picture yourself standing in the middle of Times Square and just screaming at the top of your lungs until you’ve released all that pent up tension. People would certainly look at you like you were crazy, wouldn’t they? Well, writing takes the place of that. Despite being in what I sincerely hope is still a society of decorum and civility, all too often employees are exposed to just the opposite day-in and day-out and it can be disheartening to say the least. There is a level of awareness that comes with the act of writing; you see what your reality is and how you’ve reacted to that reality thus far. The good part is that once you’ve written things down you can then get clear on what’s important and change what is not working. Writing supports a healthy mind.
- It may open up opportunities you never even dreamed of. Writing your thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a journal may just hit the above three points for you. But, what if, just what if, you were able to transform your writings into a book or a series of books, one(s) that could help other people get through their trials and tribulations or just affirm that they are not alone in what they’re feeling? And, get paid to boot?! Don’t limit yourself to the lane you’re currently in. There is so much more in the world that each and everyone one of us should tap into and capitalize on. Opportunities are one of many reasons why (if you are in your “write” mind) you should write about your experiences at work.
Can you think of any other reasons why a person should write about their experiences? Leave a comment. We’d love to get your thoughts on this.
(Note: While we believe in writing about one’s experiences at work, we do not advocate writing about sensitive work-related information that is protected by copyright, trademark or a patent including trade secrets.)