Here’s how I organize it.
First of all, I keep it in a google doc, using H1 as the week number and dates, and H2 as the specific days of the week. This helps me jump to specific weeks/days using “Tools > Document Outline”.
Every day, I put the main tasks I’ve done. More importantly, since I write all of my content in google docs before posting it to whatever platform, I also link to the related docs in my journal.
Week 21 - May 22 - May 28
* Posted [server restart message]
* Update [EULA] and upload [here]
* [THE GAME announcements] - [Folder]
* [EN V-LOG]
* Wrote [announcement for Increased Mission Rewards Summer 2017]
* Posted [Domination Series II announcements]
(Don’t be fooled by the small number of tasks. The majority of those tasks involves a number of other sub tasks. In fact, that journal entry represents my 12 hrs of work yesterday.
So, each of those phrases in square brackets represent hyperlinks that would lead to the google doc containing the actual announcement, or some other important location, such as the place I’m supposed to post the announcement. This serves a very important function. It keeps my most relevant files at my fingertips, without me having to go fish for them in the browser bookmarks. We’re all CMs here, so we all know how many tabs and websites we’re juggling at any one time.
This method makes it super simple. I just close everything and keep my journal handy. Once I’m ready to go back to a task, I’ll Ctrl+F search for the name of the task, and I’m right on it.
This is especially handy when I need to refer back to a task I would’ve done months earlier. For example, if I need to write announcements for a contest that is similar to one we held two months earlier, I can dig that up in my journal and find the original announcement, which I can then cherry pick from.
On top of all that, as I said earlier, it allows me to visualize what I’ve actually done, and assess whether my day was as productive as it “felt”, which means I can constantly course correct to remain productive.
And there’s one more important thing. I gave my boss access to that journal. To the best of my knowledge, he’s never looked at it. But I made it clear to him that if he ever wants accountability, it’s right there.
A small note. I always put the most recent entries at the beginning of the document, because it’s easier to manage that way. Additionally, I keep a section with To Do’s, using the same practice of hyperlinking to the required materials.