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
‘Getting to know me better’ focuses on helping you to understand yourself better – your motivations, likes, dislikes, image, skills, and values. When you know yourself, you are more likely to be able to tell your story to others. This makes you influential in those all-important situations such as job interviews.
This is a great professional development journal for anyone starting out in the world of work. It’s also perfect if you are re-assessing what you want from work and life. Use this journal to discover careers that might suit you, or find out how to sell your skills and personal brand to others.
What to expect
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.
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.
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.
Get stuck in with the main content of your journal and address getting to know yourself better. With this chapter, you will look at how well you understand yourself today, your energy and what motivates you, your values and much, much more.
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) 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?
There’s no deadline. ‘Getting to know me better’ is less time-bound than some of our other professional development journals. You can’t possibly expect to capture everything there is to know about yourself in one sitting. In fact, if you do, you’ll probably miss out on a lot of thoughtful reflection. Take as much time as you need.
How should I manage my time when using this Notebook Mentor?
We suggest tackling a section at a time. You could try spending a week on each major topic. Go deep with it and read the content of the journal and let the questions sit with you for a while before answering them. Write down answers and then go away and come back to it.
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