As a manager or an administrator, your day is usually filled with tasks and responsibilities that can quickly become overwhelming if they are not properly organised. This is where the importance of keeping a diary comes in. Whether it's a hard copy diary or an electronic one, the habit of recording your daily activities and thoughts can be incredibly beneficial to your work performance and overall success.
I learned the importance of keeping a diary from my dad when I was in secondary school, and it's a habit that has stuck with me ever since. As I transitioned into the workforce, I found that this habit became even more valuable, allowing me to stay organised and meet deadlines effectively. Even though I'm a very tech-savvy manager and an administrator, I still find myself drawn to owning a hard copy diary even uptil 2023. There's something about bringing out my pen to write in my diary. It created a connection to me on the job that I can't describe in words.
But what happens when managers don't keep diaries? Simply put, they stand to lose a lot. Tasks and responsibilities can easily slip through the cracks, leading to missed deadlines, forgotten meetings, and disorganisation. This can lead to negative consequences for both the manager and the organisation as a whole, including decreased productivity and potential loss of revenue.
On the other hand, managers who do keep diaries stand to gain many benefits. For starters, it allows for better time management, ensuring that no task or responsibility goes unnoticed or forgotten. This can lead to increased productivity, as well as better decision-making and problem-solving skills.
Keeping a diary also provides a record of your accomplishments, which can be helpful during performance evaluations and when seeking promotions or new job opportunities. It allows you to reflect on your actions and decisions, providing an opportunity for self-improvement and growth. I have particularly found this useful in keeping track of things I have achieved on my job.
In addition, a diary can serve as a form of stress relief, allowing you to vent your frustrations or reflect on positive experiences. This can help to maintain a healthy work-life balance and prevent burnout.
Whether it's a hard copy diary or an electronic one, the benefits of keeping a diary as a manager or administrator are undeniable. By recording your daily activities and thoughts, you can stay organised, improve your productivity, and achieve greater success in your role. So, start keeping a diary today and see the positive impact it can have on your work and personal life.
And here’s me rocking my diary in this picture on my last trip to Abuja in 2022 where I was interviewed on TSTV.
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