It’s time for my mid-year performance review again. This means I get to give an accounting of my KPIs (business speak for goals) for the first half of fiscal year and gauge my progress towards my big fat bonus and raise.
What used to be an agonizing event for me has instead become a welcome opportunity to show exactly how valuable I am and how much I’m contributing to my team, my department, and my company.
The biggest contributing factor of this shift in my experience has been the creation and curation of my personal brag file.
The brag file is a plain text file which I use to store everything, no matter how great or small, that I do outside of my major projects. In my experience, my boss is usually well aware of the large projects I’m working on throughout the year as they are typically well documented and communicated.
However, there are always many important tasks (i.e.: interruptions) which crop up and need to be addressed. By tracking these as they occur I don’t need to try and remember how I spent all of my time.
By storing the brag file as plain text makes it portable and cross platform. This means I can edit the file in any application that accepts a “.txt” file extension regardless of whether it’s my Windows machine at work or on my Mac or iPad at home.
Having all my accomplishments listed in a text file lets me easily attach it to my electronic review form or print it up for talking points when I meet with my boss.
Keep your brag file on DropBox. You can get a free account with 2 GB of online, synchronized storage. DropBox files are accessible via their site or one of the many supporting 3rd party apps on your Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, etc. to read and write files stored there.
Using the brag file has revolutionized my performance reviews. While not everyone may look forward to them, this one small thing has really helped me make the most of my performance review and it can do the same for you.
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