Notebook Mentor is your professional development career journal, guide & workbook. It’s the perfect tool for self-discovery and personal growth.


Read thought-provoking, expert content on topics of interest
Write using the space provided about your situation and professional development
Reflect on what’s going on for you, keeping things private or sharing with others
Process thoughts, feelings, and emotions
Act on your learning (if that’s right for you), using our bitesize development exercises


In a nutshell

Dealing with work and serious illness’ focuses on helping you navigate your way through a significant illness, with the aim, if possible, of returning to work in the future, or managing your ‘new normal’. While written from the perspective of the person with the illness, it is also a useful resource for a carer or loved one.

This is a great professional development journal for anyone wanting to tune into their thoughts and feelings at a heightened time of emotional turmoil. Providing space to express what’s going on for you and others, helps to focus on health and wellbeing while acknowledging the situation and building personal resilience.


What to expect

Chapter one

All our journals start with an introductory chapter to set the scene. This chapter answers some basic questions about what mentoring is and talks you through how Notebook Mentor is different to more formal face-to-face mentoring.

Chapter two

We give you the opportunity to reflect on any prior experiences you might have had with coaching and mentoring. It’s the time to consider any personal experiences that might help or hinder getting into professional development journaling, allowing you to at least acknowledge and perhaps park any negative feelings you have, and start afresh with a new approach.

Chapter three

It’s time for some warmup exercises to help you tune into who you are. Here you can try answering questions about yourself and reflect on significant moments in your life that may have a bearing on your professional development, work, and career. Once you have completed this chapter, you should feel somewhat eased into the process of self-reflection and reflective writing.

Chapter four

In this chapter, we encourage you to acknowledge your situation and find the right words to help explain what is going on to others – including your line manager and work colleagues. Tune into your thoughts and emotions, giving yourself time to reflect and contemplate your future. Use different tools and techniques to help cope with the ups and downs of your situation. If you return to work spend time getting clear about what might need to change and learn how to deal with setbacks.

Chapter five

The final chapter of every notebook focuses on the desire (or not) to act based on your thoughts, feelings, reflections, and ideas. Consider any goals that might support your professional development on this topic and more generally. This chapter also encourages you to create a personal development plan (download your free personal development plan here) and introduces how to use Mind Maps.

Don’t forget the 40 blank pages at the back of your Notebook Mentor. Take notes, make plans, dream or just doodle. Making time to be kind to yourself is one of the best development goals you can set!



How long should completing this Notebook Mentor take me?

The experience of dealing with work and illness is very personal. No two people will have the same experience. For this reason, we encourage you to go at a pace that feels right for you. If you want to spend more time on coping with the present, then go deep into the diagnoses section. If you want to focus on the future, then spend more time on part 3. Work in a way that feels right for your situation.

How should I manage my time when using this Notebook Mentor?

Manage your time in any way that feels right for you. You may find that you lack energy or feel too emotional having just received a diagnosis. You might want to lock yourself away and journal on your own until you feel ready to talk more openly to others. The journal follows a logic, in the sense that diagnosis comes first, normally followed by treatment and some sort of recovery, however, if you want to stick with a section for longer or use the blank space at the back of your journal, do so. There are no rules here.

What should I do if I’m finding a section difficult?

It’s okay to find certain sections challenging. If something feels like a struggle or is frustrating you, consider sharing your thoughts and feelings with a family member or close work colleague. If that doesn’t help, look for role models you admire – what have they done when tackling similar things in their life. Alternatively, stop trying to get to the answer – distract yourself and unplug. The answer will surface when it’s ready to!

Are there any other resources I can utilise to help me when journaling?

To learn everything there is to know on the topic, read our blog, career FAQ and resources pages. You’ll find plenty of information there. You could also try listening to a relevant podcast or Ted Talk.

For more information on Notebook Mentor visit our website at www.notebookmentor.com


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