Memory is a fickle thing. When you are depressed, you can hardly remember cheerful times. It is a good thing you know how to write. Keeping track of little things can change your entire career. Your job journal can be a lifesaver when things get rough. It is your sunshine collection.
Every time someone compliments you, write it in your job journal. If they like your smile, clothes, attitude, car, clean desk or hard work, write it down. When someone thanks you for your help, write it down. Joe Smith says you are more expert than a CPA with a PhD? Write it down.
Take a second to write down what they said, who said it, and what the circumstances were. That is sunshine collecting.
Every Friday you should be writing in your job journal what you accomplished this week. You should also record problems that relate to your job so that when the problems stop, you can show how well you fixed things.
That’s good, but not enough.
Emails and letters that compliment you should be put in your job journal too. Sunshine collecting is taking the time to collect and write down what others say you do well. Then when you are mad at Bob, you can go back and find out what he likes about you. That can change your whole day for the better. It can keep you from exploding or quitting.
Sure, your sunshine collection can be a big help in a job performance review or job search. But if you collect sunshine it will do great things for your career whether or not anyone else knows about it. It will help you remember how good you really are. It will also help you remember how good other people are. That’s important too.
Something To Do Today
Listen for compliments, kudos and attaboys. Write them in your job journal. They’re stored sunshine so get a yellow highlighter and mark them too.
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