Benefits of Keeping a Work Journal

It can seem odd to have a journal these days.


Think about it. Most of the time, it’s the sort of thing that isn’t done past a certain age. You keep a diary or journal when you’re young and stupid but grow out of it. That’s how things are, right?


Even if you do stop the practice, you have better things to do than to write it down on actual paper. There are a few dozen different, more digital ways to do it. Who needs to buy a journal when you have a smartphone or some other gadget?


For that matter, doesn’t it seem strange to write your thoughts down instead of making it easier on yourself by recording your voice?


So why would you keep your business notes and personal insights in a journal? Surprisingly, there are a few psychological benefits to writing things down and keeping a journal at work.


Studies conducted by the Harvard Business School have found that people who take 15 minutes out of their work day to reflect on things experience a boost in productivity. These were folks who stopped at the end of the day to do some thinking about their work.


What does that have to do with keeping a journal? Consider what you do when you write in a journal: you reflect on what’s happened to you over the course of the day.


According to the data, people who take the time to reflect by, say, writing in a journal, codify the day so the brain can better process it. This quirk means that if you learned something, the simple act of writing it down can help you remember it, retain it even if you’re not actively trying to do so.


Yes, it does kind of go against the conventional wisdom of “getting busy” to remember things. However, more and more, science is telling us that just thinking leads to better retention of important details.


Sometimes, keeping track of good points in a journal helps improve your performance more directly. If you write down changes you made that improved productivity, you can more easily fold those in the next time you do a task.


Writing in a journal is also a nice, cathartic release valve.


Admit it, at least once in your life; you’ve been so stressed out that you’ve had less than pleasant ideas about how to deal with it. Well, writing a journal can help you release that in a safe venue, letting you get back to being productive.


Journal-keeping is even more valuable for folks who are in the creative fields!


Nothing keeps the brain going more than a creative endeavour. A journal is a great way to keep the juices flowing and to refresh your creativity. Data also shows that regular writing helps you flesh out ideas and express them better.


Plus there are all of the small practical benefits.


A work journal can keep track of any mistakes you’ve made, allowing you to avoid them.


You can also keep track of what you did right. Never underestimate how good that can be if you’re feeling down and need a quick way to get your confidence back up!


Of course, that written record of all the good you’ve done can be useful as a bargaining tool when the time comes to ask for a raise! use a journal to back up all their sales of Mulch, just in case their system goes down


If you’re looking to start keeping a journal at work for all the benefits, buying a quality notebook is a good start.


An ordinary pad might work, but there’s something more satisfying about an actual notebook. 



Digital Journals for the Digital Age

For many writers, artists, and other luminaries, keeping a journal or sketchbook was essential.

In a digital age, the journal is still useful. There are just going to be times when you need to get an idea written down before it flies away.

You can record your immediate thoughts and feelings on some topics. Doing this is an excellent way to track your emotional maturity, how you’ve typewriter-801921_1920changed over time.

For creative types, they also have the chance of using the journal as a sketchbook.

You know the feeling. You have this image in your head that you have to draw or lose forever. A journal isn’t the best place for it, but it’s better than nothing.

Of course, this doesn’t help if you’re one of the many millions of people who have great trouble reading their handwriting. If you don’t like carrying a journal and writing tools, you probably don’t think you want one either.

We live in the digital age, though. Most everyone has some electronic device that gets carried around. You could use a digital journal instead.

In fact, a digital journal or notebook has some benefits.

The obvious advantage is that it’s readily accessible.

Chances are, you’re reading this from your phone or it’s within reach. In fact, you probably have some personal digital device on you at all times. You can quickly turn it into a notebook for your ideas, just by picking an app that fits your style.

Digital notebooks also offer the option to back them up at any given time.

If you’re the sort who has lost more notes, ideas, and journals over time than you can remember, this features is a godsend. Any note-taking app worth mentioning has a backup feature, even if it’s just a way to upload your data to a cloud service like Google Docs.

There is also the search function. If you’ve ever wanted to find a particular entry but can’t remember when you wrote it, the search bar is your friend.

Some journals have a voice to text dictation feature!

If you’re intent on taking hand-written notes at the same time as digital ones, voice to text is ideal. You can also use this the way people would use audio recorders, too.

Any good journal app is going to let you add pictures and sounds, or even draw yourself. These are great ways to add a little extra punch, especially if you can’t draw.

You eat up less real space.

You can always buy a bigger SD card or upgrade to a phone with more storage space if you need it. The world makes it considerably harder to add more storage space to an apartment or home.

Yes, we admit there is something amusing about having a stack of old notebooks full of ideas. Years of thoughts packed away into boxes can be appealing. If you don’t have the physical space, digital is simply more practical, though.

Finally, they’re easier to lock. Most digital journal apps come with a lock feature so only you can open and read the data within. This lock is on top of any security features on the device itself!



What to Include in your Portfolio (Illustration)

A lot of people have been asking me on what they should include in their portfolio. Now, that’s a pretty subjective question and there is no single definite answer for that. To make things easier for you, we searched the net for a video of what you should include in your portfolio.

While this video focuses on people on the illustration side of things, some information given by the speaker can be used even by regular portfolio makers.

A folio

Next we will go on to talk about a Folio.

A folio is similar to a journal however it has more presentation and higher standards of productions than that of a journal.

Journals are great for writing or scribbling, Whereas a folio is more useful for presenting beautiful works, it too could be in writing or more often than not for arts and drawings and designs etc.

Again there are many advantages of using a folio whether for business or personal use and we will touch on them soon.


Great for studies

Journals are excellent study buddies. Naw doesnt that sound cute… Study Buddy.

A journal can be your best friend when it comes to studying.
Whether that be for
– High School marks and homework – Mathematics, notes etc.
– University degrees – In all degree fields
– Certificate’s in various industries
– Using at Tafe, when studying
– For jotting down ideas or drawing that fuel inspiration for creativity which fuels inspiration to studying.

At first you may not like your study buddy and feel it is a waste of space and weight carrying around all day. However give that smooth bound, soft paper friend of yours ago and give him a little ink.
Even if it’s a couple of words a day, who knows the potential difference it could make to your personal or business life.

A Journal you say hey

So why should we keep a Journal…. Well, let us explain to you a few reasons why you should or, at least, could find some inspiration to possess a journal. On top of that as well to use it.

Well for starters even some of the most influential people this world has ever seen, kept detailed journals of their lives and the events that unfolded in their lives.
Journals for them and yourself can serve as multi-purposeful tools.

  1. As a permanent record for posterity and
  2. Release for people who are writing them/in them.

Most often the time is that people don’t think that they will ever need a journal. Having one has great benefits to you that you can enjoy not, after all, the pages are full, but right away, from the first purchase or find.

Even if your journal is not to be used in historical keepings or a movie will be made out of the words you transcribe. It can provide the ability to leave something behind or something for other people, with your stories and accomplishments. Perhaps you could use it as a way to harness creativity or as a release from the stress of the day that you can find in writing.

What every it is, we recommend a journal as they are beneficial one way or another.

Folio Journal

Hey Hey everybody,

You have made it to folio Journal… sweet as, we are very glad to have you here.

The team behind this blog are well, just out for a bit of knowledge sharing, discussion creation and more.

Stick with us on this website.

Now it may sound boring,, what is Folio Journal?
Well if you look at it from your fixed point of view then yes it probably will be.

But just like you would a folio or journal we are asking you to open your eyes and discover what is inside and what is behind the words or images we put forward.

We hope you enjoy this site.