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I maintain a journal(diary) to keep track of personal targets, habit changes, etc. and seeing its positive effects, I would like to maintain something similar for academic/professional acivities. The diary is somewhat of a personal/emotional space hence I would prefer to maintain something different for this.

So, what ways are there to maintain a record or log of academic targets, professional development activities and professional milestones achieved, etc. ?

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Since you already use a journal, is there a reason you don't simply start a second journal with a professional focus? You have a format that works for you so use it. It will get you going and you can experiment with the format as you go to see what works for you. Even a professional journal would still be a personal document. Use it to explore your professional goals, desires and aspirations. Share the contents only if you can do so and still be able to write without editing or considering who else might read it.

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Started it 2 days ago :) Haven't really settled on a format thats comfortable yet. Are there any 'good' formats ? – AsheeshR Feb 21 '13 at 6:10
Digital or paper based? – KenB Feb 21 '13 at 14:23
Its paper-based. – AsheeshR Feb 23 '13 at 5:04
One suggestion, if they're not already, number all your pages and start a page at the beginning for a table of contents that you maintain as you add to the journal. You could block out a few pages to record major events or to track the high level goal status. The TOC can really help you find stuff that is buried in the journal, especially if you decide you want to create a new list that you'll be maintaining or referring back to. – KenB Feb 28 '13 at 0:36

You could use GTD methodology, your diary would be what in GTD is called "Reference". But if you want something simple and just have lists and tasks try Wunderlist.

You can see this question and read my post to know more about GTD (would be perfect for your needs)

Hope it helps ;)

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I haven't tried Wunderlist, but I might give it a go - it looks like it could improve some of my GTD stuff. – Rory Alsop Feb 16 '13 at 13:40
Well, wunderlist does not have tags nor contexts, but if you don't need to apply GTD at 100% you may love it. – kirchhoff Feb 17 '13 at 10:29
I think Asana is built off the same engine as Wunderlist, and it does have tags, along with a bunch of other features. Asana even has a GTD style video tutorial (which is only ~3 mins so good for a glimpse). – Muz Feb 18 '13 at 3:04

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