Chapter 20

Use a 10-Minute Diary to Stay on Track

by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer

What’s the best way to use the last 10 minutes of your day? Many productivity gurus recommend an end-of-the-day meeting with yourself to review your to-do list, check how you’re doing against short-and long-term goals, or select the most challenging project you’ll tackle the following day. Our research suggests that not only should you do an end-of-day review, but you’ll reap the greatest benefits for your productivity and personal well-being if you actually record your thoughts in a “mini-diary.” A work diary will improve your focus, track your progress, and make you more satisfied with your work—which will help you be even more productive.

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