My friend first shared the concept of a work accomplishment journal a few months ago. “I just keep a running list of my accomplishments,” she shared, “for times I need a confidence boost or when I am ready to negotiate for a salary increase.” AMEN, SISTER. Thank you for your brilliance.
Obviously, every woman should keep this magical list in a spot she can see it daily.
Planners and a to-do list are excellent tools to keep projects moving forward,
What to write in your work accomplishment journal:
- major projects completed
- good ideas you voiced in a meeting
- volunteer leadership positions you’ve taken – chairing a committee, participating in a fundraiser, etc. – anything you do outside of work demonstrates leadership and builds your network: put it on your list!
- ways you have saved money or generated revenue for the organization
- new connections you have made
- innovative projects or processes you have started
- goals completed (or exceeded!)
high-five your career
Creating this list and being mindful of your achievements could (and most likely will!) have career benefits. According to a LinkedIn study, women tend to be more modest on their profiles while men highlight successes. Ugh. The stats don’t lie. When we don’t have the confidence that we deserve a promotion or raise, we shy away from asking for it. It holds us back. The gender gap is no joke. Perhaps its time to brag, even if it’s privately in a work accomplishment journal.
Do you do this? Would you start?
Some journals to get you started:
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