I have kept a journal on and off for most of my life. I use it as a record of events and feelings, working through issues, and for playing around with words.
However, I often find that the time commitment needed for consistent journaling is often beyond my grasp. To sit and handwrite three pages a day requires a half hour, and electronic entry often eludes me as I like to journal first thing in the morning or last at night.
About a ago I was introduced to the concept of One Line Journals by Gretchen Rubin. These items allow me to write down a very concise summary of what happened during the day. I started a one-line journal on my PDA, and dropped it a few weeks later.
When I recently stumbled across that file, I read through the entries. They jogged my memory of things I would have forgotten. For instance, one entry read about how my daughter had been talking about “gillypillies” (helicopter seeds) flying from the trees. These are enjoyable memories that I need to hang on to.
Last week I started doing the one-line journal again. This time, though, I am using a datebook I had on hand. This format allows me to take it with me, and the limited space encourages me by limiting my overwhelm.
If you don’t journal, I recommend that you start a one-line journal, just so that your days don’t pass in a blur that you can’t remember the significant details of you and your family’s lives.
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