Some of you may not know the back story to this one. I’ve always wanted to write in a journal, but never had the enthusiasm to sit down each night and write about the mess of a day I’d had. I just got fed up with it.
Gail, who blogs at It’s My Life, gave me a really good idea. Instead of journaling every night, just write a few notes about how you were feeling, what you did that day, etc. and then journal at the weekend when you have more time to focus on it.
I needed a spreadsheet for this. So I made one.
I set up columns, titled: Day, Date, Listening, Eating, Drinking, Feeling, Wanting, Thinking, Quotes, Liking, Hating and Photo Ref.
I have been asked if I use the Photo Ref column for the 365 Project. I don’t, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t. It’s just for reminding myself that I’ve got a picture for that day, so when I get round to ordering prints I can reference the photo on my computer and know which day it was for.
The other columns are fairly self-explanatory. In the Listening column I’ve put songs I heard that day that made me think, or that I could relate to in that moment. It’s a nice touch to add, especially when you’re a bit of a music junkie. I’ve also recorded what we ate for dinner and my favourite drink of the day, good food is a great photo opportunity. I want to add the little things in life to my journal.
It’s only Saturday afternoon, but I was eager to get set up. I’m using my A5 Black Domino Filofax which I’ve had for a few months now. I was going to use the Identity as I thought the Domino’s rings would be too big, but when I went to look at them both I realised they’re pretty much the same size. I prefer the Domino as a journal – it’s what I decorated it for, it looks like a book of Victorian secrets!