Every year at performance review time do you sit and stare blankly at the cube wall while you try to remember what you have done in the preceding months that is noteworthy? How about your resume or LinkedIn profile, when was the last time that you updated either one with your latest achievements?
“The past actually happened. History is what someone took the time to write down.”
~A. Whitney Brown
I know, I know, it’s just that one more detail that would be the straw that broke the camel’s back if you found a means to document these things at the time, or shortly after the time. Ok, but you are only hurting yourself by not making the time. If it isn’t up to you to remember and document, then who?
Trust me, it is easier shortly afterward than months or even years afterward. Details only get murkier with time, but even just a quick couple of sentences into a notebook or on a sticky note sketching out the scenario will be well worth it at review time or when it is time to really polish up your work history.
The idea of something going into our permanent record was threatening back in school because it was associated with some misstep or peccadillo. Wipe that association from your mind and get a mantra that your permanent record is the progression of all of your work achievements; therefore worthy of regular maintenance.
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