I recently came across this blog
, where Julia Evans details the idea of a “brag document”:
Here’s the idea: write a document listing your accomplishments. It’s pretty simple! Instead of trying to remember everything you did with your brain, maintain a “brag document” that lists everything so you can refer to it when you get to performance review season!
Julia explains that we tend to forget a lot of things we achieved. And not only is it a shame to forget all the cool stuff, but you won’t be doing yourself any favors in that upcoming performance review either.
Making a brag document can feel a little awkward at first. You may not be used to writing down your achievements, let alone sharing a list of them with the people around you. But that’s precisely why it’s a good exercise. It allows you to look back and appreciate everything you’ve done over the past few months. Odds are, it will also influence how you spend your time in the months ahead.