Why a UX Professional Should Have a Personal Development Log

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
  • etc.

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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