Updated: Dec 16, 2020
How to Track Your Work Accomplishments Throughout the Year
Have you ever been in the position where you're asked what you accomplished?
In the moment, it can be hard to remember everything; especially when you have a career, maybe a family, social groups, and many other things taking your attention.
We often get caught up in the day-to-day tasks at hand — we check one thing off our to-do list and move right on to the next. Month after month goes by and we know we've accomplished a lot, but it's hard to remember what all of those work accomplishments were when it's time to look back. Or, time goes by and we feel like we haven't accomplished much, when really, we've done a lot more than we realize.
The truth is, a lot is asked of us in the workplace, and it's important to track the things you accomplish throughout the year for a number of reasons.
Tracking your work accomplishments throughout the year as they happen:
Puts you in a better position to ask for a raise when you're ready.
Makes it easier for you to provide accurate and thorough information when performance appraisal time rolls around.
Makes it easier to update your resume when you're ready to explore new opportunities.
Gives you talking points when speaking with peers and colleagues by helping you share what you've learned and accomplished.
Helps you build an online presence as a professional in your field.
Gives distinct references to mention if you encounter disagreements about your performance.
Gives you the opportunity to give yourself a pat on the back now and then! You deserve it.
What type of work accomplishments should you track?
Don't be shy. Track all work accomplishments throughout the year, from successful project completions to awards and recognition. You might even start your list with past awards, recognitions, and major accomplishments that may not be directly related to your job but show qualities that employers appreciate.
Some examples of achievements to track include:
Financial goals you've reached: Track any goals you've reached, how you've reached them, and use facts as much as possible.
Difficult situations with co-workers that you successfully worked through and how you did it: If you had a challenging scenario with a positive result, note it for future reference, including the path you took for resolution.
Completing tasks and projects on time, and how you did it: Track all projects and tasks, even ones that you think are small.
Overcoming pressure: Include any times when you were under pressure and still succeeded in meeting your goals.
Exceeding expectations: Track times when you know you exceeded expectations and why.
Holding an office or being on the board of a club or organization: This shows leadership and initiative, even if the organization isn't an industry organization.
Winning an award: Awards show your value as well as what others see in you, especially when they're specific to your industry or company.
Being recognized by a club or organization: Being nominated as "Member of the Year" is pretty cool and can be significant, especially if it's an industry or company-specific organization.
What's the best way to track work accomplishments throughout the year?
Every individual is different, so don't try to fit a square peg into a round hole. Find a way to track your work accomplishments that works best for you. If you don't like writing in a journal, an app might be best for you. Or if you don't have time to write, maybe use a voice recorder.
If you're ready to keep track of everything you accomplish in 2021, I have just the tool for you!
It can be difficult to remember what you've done, so I've created a 74-page Accomplishments Journal. It includes 365 daily prompts to help you identify and track your accomplishments throughout the year. You can either write down a specific accomplishment from that day, or use the prompt to help you think of a recent accomplishment. You don’t have to use the specific prompt for that day — but they are there to help give you some inspiration.
The Journal is FREE to download - click this link and be redirected to the download page.
This blog was inspired by an article in TopResume
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