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Why You Should Keep A Running List of Your Career Accomplishments

Why You Should Keep A Running List of Your Career Accomplishments

Some experiences are those that we remember with butterflies in our tummy and a giddy smile upon our faces, while others not so much. Our experiences often contribute to defining who we are and what perspectives we have on life but as time passes by these memories begin to fade and our experience, whatever little our minds have savaged, begin to rust one day at a time. So to avoid that our career  accomplishments are often up on the fridge or framed in the living room, and wherever they are, they serve as a reminder of our competence, ability and proficiency.

So imagine what would happened if we remembered them in their full glory? Each accomplishment, not just the one’s you remembered to put on your fridge.  Yup, the possibility is exhilarating! So here are the top reasons why you must keep an updated running list of your career accomplishments!

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To See Where You Are

A checklist exists in most of our minds. Every successful individual has a to- do list which is ticked off one bit at a time, one accomplishment at a time. This to- do list virtual or real is a gentle reminder of where you are and where you are headed. This keeps you on task and motivated. On task because you know where you are and motivated because of everything you’ve achieved!

To See Where You’re Going

So the road ahead is long, tiring and difficult. Isn’t it always? For, if it’s not, surely you’re on the wrong road. But how do you know where are going. Life has no map and though you have an idea of where you are headed you may not always know how to get there.  Your accomplishments then become your landmarks. They help you gauge your way around and make sense of how to get where you are going and see how far you’ve gotten!

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To See What Worked And What Didn’t

Nine thousand nine hundred and ninety nine ways to not make a bulb but 1 way to ultimately make the bulb. Not everything works out the way we want it to — or the way it should. Now you have kind of an idea of what works for you and what doesn’t. Keeping a list, a constantly updated list of your accomplishments, helps you see where you excel and where you don’t. Many times you’ll see that there is a pattern to your successes. These patterns help you figure out where your strengths lie and how to improve upon your weaknesses.

To Give Yourself Choices

This brings us to another very important aspect of writing down your experiences. Your accomplishment may not all be of the same type. They all needed effort but some needed more and some needed lesser effort. Why were some of your tasks so demanding? What was it about the other tasks that made it easier? Well now you have a whole of horde of choices to look for and to search from! You can revisit memory lane and see the choices you had in the past and the ones you have currently and the ones you would possibly want in the future!

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To Relive Your Experiences

That feeling when you achieve, those emotions that burst free for finally getting that nod, from yourself, when you know you’ve done it. It lasts a moment. In the grand scheme of life that feeling lasts merely a moment and maybe a moment too short. If it just lasted longer. The whole experience of an achievement is an adrenaline rush like no other; the effort that went into it, the planning, the tasking, the execution and the final result. All of it falls into place better in retrospect than it did at the time of the event.   So what better way to feel that rush once again, but only, better. Write down your accomplishments to relive them.

To Redo Your To-Do List

Does it end at feeling good? Nope! You got to redo your to do list. Now that you know what worked and what didn’t, how much work you needed to put in, what mistakes you made, what you could have done better, it’s time to update your list and see where you are off to after this. Chart out your future plans, plot your ways to success and get ready to take over the world!

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To Get An Occasional Ego Boost

Last but not the least, an accomplishment is a good much deserved ego boost. And why not? You’ve worked hard and you deserve it! So every once in awhile, give yourself a time out and revel in your accomplishments because well let’s be honest who doesn’t like an ego boost?

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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