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Francesca Gino studies negotiation and decisionmaking at Harvard Business School. But in her recent post for the HBR Blog Network, she takes up the benefits of showing gratitude. It's a terrific post, and here's a taste:
For the past two years, I’ve kept a daily journal of my work life. The purpose was to see if capturing stories and related statistics could help me be more productive and effective at work. It has done that and a lot more.
When you find a pattern of mistakes, disrupting that pattern often involves making a new, more productive habit. For example, when I ran into trouble keeping all my tasks and meetings straight, I adopted the Getting Things Done method. It took a number of weeks till the method was ingrained in my daily routine. Building a new habit isn't easy - we can slip up even if we know the habit is in our best interests. That's because building a habit - i.e., making something automatic - requires a lot of cognitive energy, something our brain actively tries to conserve. But it can be done. These tips came from a post on the Penguin Books blog by author Kelly McGonigal. She is the author of The Willpower Instinct. For more explanation, see the original post.
The first required step in journaling is developing a habit to journal every day. I mean "every day" metaphorically. If you miss a day, you haven't failed. But if you journal once a week or less often, you will not get much value out of the analytics, and, even more importantly, you will miss a lot of important happenings. For me, 4 or 5 days a week is "every day."
3-Minute Journal is a tool to help you keep track of your inner work life, and to power your own regular reflection. Deciding on and executing a plan of improvement requires understanding what has happened in the past that you want to change (or maintain). Recording your activities enhances mindfulness, and regularly tracking and reviewing what you do is critical for self-awareness. 3MJ supports all these objectives. All you need to do is take a few minutes (literally) each day to think about and record what happened.