I’ve mentioned before that I keep a professional journal as a quick way to keep tabs on the projects I’m doing and what I should be focusing on. It takes the form of a 3-part note in Evernote: Done, To Do, and Backburner.
My annual evaluation is coming up, for which I have to write a self-evaluation summarizing all the things I did this year. It’s hard to slow down and think big-picture, and it’s hard to remember what exactly my priorities were last fall when I’m so caught up in what I’m doing now.
To get a jump-start, I wrote a tiny Python script to iterate through my notes (exported to HTML). Using BeautifulSoup to climb the trees of my messy and non-standardized notes, it lists out all the things I marked “Done” since September.
I fed the plain text into Voyant Tools, “a web-based reading and analysis environment for digital texts.” It’s probably more interesting and helpful if you use a larger text, but my 8,900-word text had analyses of interest too.
Some of these aren’t so surprising. Oh, really, I went to lots of meetings and sent lots of emails? But it’s also easy to see that my priorities for most of the year centered on building the new library website (usability, git, drupal, database) with some side projects thrown in (signs, guides, newsletter, IA).
Here are the word frequency data from Voyant for words occurring more than 25 times (stop words included):
Word counts aren’t the whole story, obvs, but it’s a good place to start for my self-evaluation!