Albert Einstein kept a journal. So did Charles Darwin, Marie Curie, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Frida Kahlo, and Mark Twain.

Journaling is the act of writing and recording thoughts and behaviours in a habitual sense; and, science continues to confirm the benefits of this behaviour. Tim Ferriss talks about journaling as a transformative practice that can be accomplished in 5 minutes per day. Over time, the practice is proven to:

Stretch your mind
Increase your intelligence
Evoke mindfulness
Generate clarity and congruence
Clarify emotions
Help you achieve your goals
Increase your gratitude
Ingrain your learning
Improve your emotional intelligence
Boost memory and comprehension
Strengthen self-discipline
Improve communication skills
Promote health and healing
Spark creativity
Increase self-confidence

Journaling has long been considered a private and personal endeavour adopted by people who are emotionally conflicted. But, it’s quite the contrary. Journaling can have many purposes and the vast majority of people have engaged in the practice at some point in their lives.

Journaling is effective because it is central to meta-cognition or the ability to think about one’s thinking. Meta-cognition is about reflection or self-reflection and is fast becoming a very important part of teaching and learning in curricula world-wide. Educators in formal teaching and learning institutions understand the value of meta-cognition. It is through meta-cognition that the real learning takes place. It is time for corporate learning spheres to catch up.

Work journals bring the benefits of journaling into the workplace. 5-minutes a day can save 60 minutes of emotional turmoil and interpersonal conflict. Employees who make a habit of documenting their best and worst performance will reap the benefits of journaling and transmit these benefits to the workplace.

Work journals are full of work-related reflection. For example, an email that secured a business deal or a recollection of a conflict with a co-worker that could have been avoided. Work journals are private, but can provide a springboard for sharing and collaboration. And, work journals provide rough content for professional portfolios. It is a habit and a practice that will have a significant positive impact on your bottom line.

Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Marie Curie, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Frida Kahlo, and Mark Twain would be happy to hear of the evolution of work journals – a practice that will promote professional achievement and success.