Prepare For A Raise By Keeping A Daily Work Journal

Prepare For A Raise By Keeping A Daily Work Journal
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You’ll have a better shot at a raise if your boss is excited about your future together. To make that happen, you want to show him or her that you’re growing and your skill set is expanding, and this is why it helps to keep what The Muse calls a “learning log”.

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When it’s time to ask for a raise, it’s helpful to recount your workplace milestones. This way, you can share with your boss what you’ve learned and maybe what you’d like to work on moving forward. However, it can be hard to remember these milestones, and that’s where a learning log comes in handy. Writer Rajiv Nathan explains how to build one:

…you can create it using a spreadsheet. Title the first column “Date” and the second one “What I Learned.” At the end of each day, fill that second column with something you learned about yourself, your job, your company, your industry — really anything. You’ll find you not only can rattle off information way better when prompted, but you’ll become acutely aware of your progress (or lack thereof), things happening at the company, and how you prioritise your work.

That’s easy enough, but if a daily log seems like overkill, you could also keep a weekly or even a monthly one with an overall summary of the most important skills or lessons you learned in that time. As Nathan explains, this makes it easier to analyse your own work performance and even look for any potential areas for improvement.

It’s an easy enough tip to implement, and you can read more at the link below.

The 3-Step Plan That will Significantly Up Your Chances of Getting a Promotion [The Muse]


  • I send regular status reports to my boss. Before an annual performance review, I’ll look through all of them, and summarize what I’d accomplished over the past year.

    In addition, I’ll start doing the above before my next one, I’ll try the above.

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