I love buying and receiving journals. When I was in high school, I filled journal after journal with my questions about life, my meanderings about what kind of job I should get, and of course, about all the boys I had crushes on.
Decades later, I don’t journal like I used to (I would write paragraphs and paragraphs about where I went and who said what). I want to journal because I know it helps with self-reflection and also recording your life so you don’t forget important moments.
But my journal entries are sporadic to say the least.
I have many journals with about 10 pages written in them, and then it just goes blank.
I had pretty much given up on journaling (not philosophically but practically speaking) until about a week ago. I was listening to a leadership podcast by Craig Groeshel. He was talking about how he hadn’t found a rhythm either of journaling, but that he had found something that worked.
It’s a five year journal.
All you have to do is write a few lines each day. There are only a few lines to write available anyway. You write a little something about each day and it stores 5 years worth of your thoughts and activities. It’s brilliant!
It’s easy, doable, and I think it will be really helpful to see five years of data of my life on a given day in the future. I talk about it here in this video:
Journaling for busy moms – ever started a journal just to leave it for days, months, without writing a thing? I certainly have. Here's a journaling style I really like…we'll talk about the value of journaling and how to fit it in a busy lifestyle.
Posted by Arlene Pellicane, Speaker & Author on Tuesday, 27 August 2019
So the journal I bought is this one. It cost less than $15 and so far I have a perfect streak of writing in it. Okay, I’ve had it for like, four days. But still, I’m filled with hope about journaling now!
If you’re a busy mom, I think this journal just might do the trick. I’ll have to let you know in five years how my streak (and life) is going.