This 15-Minute Activity Will Make You More Successful At Work
According to a new working paper from Harvard Business School, setting aside 15 minutes to write at the end of the workday is enough to make you better at your job. "When people have the opportunity to reflect, they experience a boost in self-efficacy," says HBS professor Francesca Gino. "They feel more confident that they can achieve things. As a result, they put more effort into what they're doing and what they learn." In a series of laboratory and field experiments, Gino and her colleagues found that reflection leads to better performance. The most telling example comes from their field experiment with an Indian outsourcing company called Wipro. The researchers put new employees into groups where people either reflected on their days or didn't. The result: The journaling employees had 22.8% higher performance than the control group. "In the field study, we were asking people to work less," Gino says. The study sprang from the experiences Gino and her colleagues have had as instructors.
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