At the beginning of the year, I posted about how I like to keep track of things, however pointless and trivial they may be. Well, I also like to keep track of important things. Like what I love about my life, what I’m afraid of and periodically, what I had for dinner. I’ve been a journaler since I was 5-years-old and my mom filled a binder with paper and encouraged me to draw a picture and write one sentence about what we did each day. I’ll always be grateful for this little “assignment.” It showed me how nice it can be to reflect on your day and make a concrete memory of it in some way. I’ve been doing it ever since.Problem was, I found that when my life got really busy, I’d go days or weeks without documenting anything. This was killing the record-keeper in me. I’d feel really guilty for not being the scribe I thought I should be. (I’m guessing anyone who’s ever started a journal is familiar with this feeling.) With regret, I realized that working in advertising and maintaining a relationship with a husband, family and friends wasn’t always congruent with writing 3,000 words a day every day. But, I wasn’t willing quiet my record-keeping tendencies completely. Enter the one line a day journal.
This little gem lets you jot down a few brief notes about each day for five years. What I love about it is that you can compare what you were doing last year at this time to what you did today. It’s easy to see and appreciate how your life has changed over time. And most people can fit in one line a day (even those who work in advertising.) I keep mine next to my bed and scribble down a few notes at the end of each day. I’ve given several of these little journals to friends who are starting new endeavors (parenting, a job, life in a new city) so they can chronicle their adventures. And did I mention you can start it on any day of the year? You can get your own line a day journal right here!
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