Writing down accomplishments is something I don’t do every day, but I write at least twice a week.
I prefer to type my accomplishments in Word files called “personal logs”. (Some write their journals in longhand in paper journals, but for now I write meeting notes on my iPad Pro with my Apple Pencil.) These personal logs don’t just include lists of everything I’ve finished. I write about what I need to do next. And I write about how I’m feeling about what’s happening as well as my strategies for overcoming challenges.
I have my own reasons for writing down accomplishments. I’m sick and I need to remind myself that I can get things done, which makes me feel good. I also write before bed to order my brain and prepare for the next day. I find that when I don’t write when I should, I have a harder time sleeping. And my body gives me enough trouble when I try to go to sleep.
Writing in my personal log also gives me a legacy. When I leave this Earth, others will be able to read about what I did, what my life was like, and connect with me more deeply.
Those are my reasons why I write. Why do you write — or not?