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Workbook: journaling for better business

You want to journal, you’ve heard a lot about it,  but how to start and how to keep going?  From my class on transformative journaling, here are a few ideas and exercises to get you started and to keep you going.

You already know to write out emails ahead of time rather than just responding in the heat of the moment. 

Journaling can help with other issues in the workplace both institutional – those brainstorming sessions complete with donuts and flip charts are one example.  But if you aren’t improving the company, you can improve your own work environment. Use your journal to express how you feel and how you want to manage your work.

What is frustrating about work?

Who is frustrating at work or in a volunteer organization?

Describe that frustration.

Now write out what you want.  Do you want the problematic person to leave?  Do you want to have a more cordial exchange when next you meet?   Do you want to do more than just duck into the restroom when you see them down the hall?

Write out what you want to happen.

Now, you know this person or this challenge.  You now know what kind of outcome you want.

Back it up. What kind of vocabulary or syntax can you wield to get the results you need?

Practice it in your journal, then when you are ready:  deploy.

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Catharine Bramkamp is a successful writing coach and author. She has published over 300 newspaper and magazine articles in publications like Modern Maturity (AARP), SF Chronicle and Santa Rosa Magazine. She was a contributor to two Chicken Soup Books and has published anthologies of her work, non-fiction works and novels. Her work has also appeared in a number of poetry and fiction anthologies. She has experimented with the self-publishing world since 2001. She has published and self-published seven books through companies like Author House, author assist companies like 3L Publishing and through traditional publishers like Write Life. Her poetry collection, Ammonia Sunrise, will be released in August 2011 by Finishing Line Press and her mystery novel, In Good Faith will be released by Write Life in 2011. Catharine holds a BA in English from UCSB and a MA in English from Sonoma State University. She is a 25 year member of California Writer’s Club. She is an adjunct professor for the University of Phoenix. She works with authors of both fiction and non-fiction to make their dream of producing a book come true. For more information on that, visit her at Catharine has lived in Sonoma County for 25 years and considers wine a food group. She is married to an adorable and very patient man who complains he’s never featured in any of her books. Her grown children who are featured in a few of her books have fled the county.

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