life’s busy isn’t it? many of us spend so much time racing onna the nxt challenge that we fail to cogitate properly onna things that we’ve learned reaching the last objective. 1-odda best wys'2 address is this is to develop a personal development log.
wha’ is a personal development log?
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a personal development log is simply a record of things that you’ve learned or done to improve yr knowledge. many pplz keep very good records of formal training but then they skip recording the things learned in + informal environments. a personal development log is primordially an enhd version of yr training records.
wha’ goes into a personal development log?
you can record wha’ever you like in a personal development log but some ideas ‘d include:
- essentialisms you’ve read and key points from them
- conversations with yr ps and management and key points from them
- formal learning you’ve attended and a summary of wha’ you gained
- information from yr “lessons learned” project wrap ups
- new software you’ve gained proficiency in
- conferences attended na major learning points
why ‘d i do this?
1stly, it’s for yr benefit. reviewing learning makes it much + likely to stick. you will find that keeping a personal development log actually cements the lessons you’ve learned and improves yr ability to demonstrate those skills irl. that’s always handy and 1-odda main complaints of employers is how lil responsibility pplz take for their own learning when in reality the truth is much ≠.
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the 2nd benefit is bein’ able to demonstrate that ur responsible for yr development. when yr annual review comes round (or however often they’re held) – you ll'be able to sit down and say; “i think i ‘d be promoted/get a pay rise/etc. cause i ‘ve developed and i am worth + than i was a yr ago.” you ll'be able to show yr manager wha’ you’ve done to develop – when yr ps, who aren’t keeping a personal development log, will struggle to do so. think o'it as enhancing the ux o-u for yr employer.
then there’s the fact that keeping a personal development log makes you + conscious of development and you will start to see lessons in life + readily. 99% of our development takes place on djob' and not in a classroom. there’s a definite place for formal learning; after all if there weren’t – we ‘dn’t exist. however, formal learning is a lil pt of our own growth.
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finally, you ll'be able to show future employers wha’ you’ve been doin’ to make yrself a + attractive prospect to them. i’ve held dozens of interviews (and been onna receiving end offa few too) na ability to show yr commitment to self-development is often all i'takes to land a position. so many pplz don’t bother to dweet – it’s an easy advantage to take.
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