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Awareness in Business With a Diary

Awareness in Business With a Diary

Is keeping a diary really good for business? According to the Harvard Business Review, the answer appears to be yes. Awareness can equal productivity in business.

According to a recent study, workers felt increased levels of focus, patience, planning, and personal growth as a result of being asked to keep a daily diary while working on a difficult project. The article stops short of suggesting why the journaling was so helpful to these employees. Perhaps more research is needed. But my guess is that it has something to do with awareness and reflection.

Awareness is something we rarely talk about. It is the act of focusing on what we are focusing on. In general, we suffer from a lack of this in the fast-paced culture in which we live.

At any given moment there are thousands of things vying for our attention. Most of us can pull a supercomputer out of our pockets and instantly see what hundreds of our “friends” are up to, all over the country, in a matter of seconds.

Information can be great. It can also be overwhelming. Picking up a pen and paper forces us to slow down and focus our awareness inward. Journaling helps us sift through the noise and focus on what really matters.

Furthermore, research shows that as we grow in our ability to focus our awareness inward (a process known as reflection), we can experience less stress and anxiety.

Which version of yourself do you prefer at work? A stressed out and anxious you, or a focused and patient you?

Written By: Eric McClerren, LAPC

When is a job not just a job?

When is a job not just a job?

Three masons were on the job one day when a woman walked up to them and asked what they were doing. The first said, “I’m laying bricks.” The second said, “I’m building a wall.” The third said, “I’m creating someone’s home.” When helping clients with career or vocational counseling, one of the questions that almost…

Cognitive Neuroscience Part 2: The Brain vs. The Mind

Cognitive Neuroscience Part 2: The Brain vs. The Mind

Over the next few posts, we’re going to talk about an emerging field of study called cognitive neuroscience. But don’t worry. We’re going to leave (most of) the 7-syllable words to the textbooks and wikipedia entries. Instead, we’re going to focus on the practical applications of this science on our every-day life. In our previous…

The College Experience – Learning How to Budget

The College Experience – Learning How to Budget

Experience is a great teacher. We learn though successes, we learn through mistakes, and we even learn from the internet. This summer, we are helping our students learn before their college experience. We have pulled together our experience in working with some of the brightest students, experience from working on college campuses in counseling, student…

Self care – what exactly does it mean? Part 1

Self care – what exactly does it mean? Part 1

Ultimately, self-care is more than just taking one hour for yourself when you have a slow day at work. It’s the self-awareness of knowing what things in life are life-giving to you, and fiercely protecting time in your schedule for those things.Read More »






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