Posted by: dagmarsands | June 1, 2015

Creating a business “Diary”

Manta Tip of the Day:

If you’ve ever started a sentence with ‘Dear Diary,’ you already know the importance of journaling in your personal life—recording moments in time you never want to forget (and perhaps a few you do). Keeping a collection of the positives and negatives can act as an irreplaceable personal guide, and the same can be said of business journaling. Corral the business chatter rattling around in your head and harness it into well-organized thoughts for increased self-awareness and to strengthen decision-making.

To get started, you can:
■Log new ideas.
■Sketch out short-term and long-term plans.
■Record what works, what doesn’t and why.
■Contemplate issue resolutions.
■Track progress on specific projects.
■Evaluate past efforts.

This process doesn’t need to eat up all of your time, just start jotting thoughts down on paper. Track learning curves, accomplishments, stumbles, all-out failures, and—most importantly—preserve those wild and precious ideas. Keeping a business journal encourages a more focused approach, and could become a go-to when evaluating where your business strategy has come from and where you want it to go.

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