For some reason, I’ve dated my writings ever since I was taught to in grade school. A few years ago, I started including a timestamp as well.
When I read my older work, my typical reaction is as follows: a flinch at a typo, a slight head shake if I sound like a novice or a neophyte, and then appreciation at significant improvement.
Recognizing progress in one’s skill set can be a boost in confidence, but also a signal that we are capable of more today.
The methods below can capture your current state and help show progress of your skills:
- Save audio recordings (or memos on a phone recorder)
- Take before and after pictures
- Collect daily notes
- Add a date or time stamps for your art/work
- Compare saved drafts (all or select)
- Take screenshots
- Conduct quarter or year reviews
- Record vlogs (personal or private)
Remember the initial results recorded are not important because tomorrow you’ll be capable of more. A year from now, we’ll be surprised at our improved skills. In my case, I’ll be grateful for my unclouded writing.