3 Ways a Journal Can Help Boost Your Productivity

Keeping a journal may improve your chances of success.

Keeping a journal may improve your chances of success.

If you’re like many agents, you may spend the last 15 minutes of your workday writing your to-do list for the next day. While you have your pen in motion, crack open a notebook and reflect on your day. Taking just fifteen minutes to write about your work day can help you boost your productivity and even make you more successful. If you’re thinking, “Who do you think I am? A twelve year old girl? I don’t have time to keep a diary!” it’s time to rethink that contrary viewpoint, for the sake of your success.

3 Benefits of Journaling
1. Improve your performance. Writing about your day, every day, can improve your work performance. Why? Thinking about your day helps your brain to process information, and writing it down commits it to memory. Once the highlights are written down, you’re able to target your priorities for the next day and plan a more productive to-do list.

2. Have a record of your successes. Keeping a track of your hits and misses creates a valuable record that you can reflect on periodically, especially whenever you need a confidence boost. And, if you face challenging situations in the future, you can flip back, read about how you handled it before and either repeat what you did (if it worked) or try something different.

3. Maintain perspective. Have you ever had one of those days that was just the absolute worst, where it seemed like everything that could go wrong did go wrong? In reality, your day probably wasn’t that bad; it’s just that all you can remember is the horrible stuff. Journaling about your day can help you remember the good things that happened, which can help you maintain your perspective. Sure, that big deal didn’t go through as planned, but you also got a referral from one of your favorite clients, so the day wasn’t all bad.

If you’d love to start journaling, but are fretting about where to fit it into your day, put it into your schedule. Referral Maker® real estate CRM can help you take control of your day and stay organized. Keep track of your appointments, lead generation time and make time for reflection. Block off 30 minutes at the end of your day to write in your journal and plan for the next day. Do this for a few weeks and watch your productivity skyrocket.

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