I’m not talking about writing to people here, bouncing off emails or sending around thank you notes. There’s a place for that, for sure. I am talking about writing as an excellent mental exercise.
More than anything else, it clarifies the mind. It helps you put things in better perspective. Ideas are distilled and sometimes, the transfer of your thoughts onto paper may mean an epiphany or two or modification of ideas. Anyone who’s ever set goals for themselves, personally or otherwise, would definitely have heard that putting it down on paper makes the world of difference. There’s something to be said about sitting down pen to paper or more likely, fingers to keyboard and putting more sense to the thoughts swirling about in your head.
If you have a client or peer that you have difficulty working with, keep a daily journal. Looking back, you might find your assessment of the situation at the point of conflict very different months later. If you need to push a business agenda, put a business case to yourself first. Go through the pros and cons. Prepare rebuttals for the likely points of contention. If you are unclear which business issues you need to tackle when you are overladen, putting down these issues or projects down on paper, alongside the other factors like, risk assessment, revenue linkage and problems to overcome will help you decide on what you need to prioritise.
The point is to write. At best, keep a blog or submit articles on topics you are passionate about. It slowly establishes your reputation in the field of your choice. At worst, it helps you tackle your problems.
This is by no means an exhaustive list but these are the ones that bubble to the top for me… and work for me.
I’d be happy to hear from you on other ideas we could add to this list – anyone?