journaling, tracking, and recording

January 3, 2016

OMG.  Today was exhausting.  About that 1/2/15 post where I noted that C had bronchiolitis?  Apparently it’s a yearly thing, only this time it’s worse.  He is on his first oral steroid course and I have a sinking suspicion it will not be the last.  AGH.  After 4 days of really smooth sailing with the kids, today was admittedly awful.  Both up at 5:30a (C couldn’t breathe, so I can’t blame him, and then his crying woke up A) and then most of the morning spent trying to soothe/calm and then at the pediatrician’s office . . . followed by an amazing display of hyperactivity for someone still breathing more than once per second.  Thank you prednisolone.

At least he doesn’t look sick here in the slightest

ANYWAY.  I wanted to write a quick response to a reader question from yesterday, which was whether I keep a personal (i.e. not online) journal.  I did in 2015 more consistently than ever before, but . . . I think I am going to essentially abandon the habit.  I did a lot of really repetitive writing and then ended up with a bunch of random musings that I feel are only worthy of . . the recycling bin, really.  And that is where they will go.  This year, I will do more documenting in my planner (something I did more and more of last year), and I am also using a Rituals for Living Dreambook (bought off of kickstarter last fall) to do more long-range planning and vague “thinking-out-loud” sort of journaling.  Of note, I have not mentioned this or reported on it yet because I need more time to see how it works out for me 🙂  But it is pretty.

In addition, I have a 5-year diary with several lines per year (given to me a couple of years ago) that I try to write down funny things that A&C say or do, or milestones, or just random events of the day.  I was not very consistent with it last year, but if it takes 15 years to actually fill it up, I could see how that would make it even more interesting.

5 year diary – entries from yesterday & 1 year ago

Random things that I like to record these days:
Movies seen
Books read
Musical artists or songs that I like
Blogs/sites/apps to try or that I like
Meals, both special & the everyday/mundane (not in a quantitative way, but in a qualitative one)
Noteworthy podcasts listened to
Social events, etc
Workouts (longstanding tradition – and I love looking back at old training records)
Little special happenings, like getting a note (esp on paper!) from a friend in the mail

Do I need to track any of these things?  Absolutely not.  Am I crazy/OCD/eccentric?  No/no*/if I am, I’ll own it.  The process of putting these things on paper makes me notice them more, bringing into focus the more fun details of life.  And oddly, knowing I will write these things down seems to add to the pleasure of actually doing them while they are happening.  A reverse anticipation, almost.

About to go to bed — 11 miles in the AM, as my race is 3 weeks away.

* Maybe some OCPD tendencies, but thankfully I don’t think I’m rigid enough to meet criteria


  • Reply Marci March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    I love that 15 year journal! I started a file box a few years ago where I collect greeting cards, anniversary cards, other memories in a year. Maybe I can add a paper with special memories. I keep a few in my annual to-do notebook. Very happiness project-esque!

  • Reply Ana March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    also, I just noticed that picture of naked C swinging off the treadmill. hilarious!!

  • Reply Brittnie March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Have you heard of Lara Casey’s Power Sheets?? I am considering ordering a pack. Bought her book and super excited to dig in.

    I use Goodreads for recording books I want to read. . . it keeps record of books you are in process of reading and ones you complete (can add date so at end of year you can see how many/which books you read).

  • Reply Young March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    How long do you keep your old planners? I kept track of read books, movies, family trips, and wanted music in my Erin Condren planner. I even pasted my baby’s ultrasound picture in an Erin Condren that I had during my pregnancy year. This year, however, I’ve switched to a Maybook agenda which is very pretty and MUCH lighter/slimmer…. but definitely missing all the options and flexibility of something like an ECLP or Hobonichi. I am so torn and whenever you write about your Hobonichi it makes me want to run back to a larger planner like an ECLP! Haha!
    You don’t carry your planner to places like the zoo or kids’ museum etc., do you, or do you?

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

      i threw out all of my old ECLPs but i have kept the last 2 Hobonichis. Something special about these ‘early kid years’ that compels me to keep them, i think. at least for now. (they spark joy!).

      definitely don’t carry my planner on kid outings 🙂 it stays on my desk. i do however bring it to work every day, it’s sort of my ‘dashboard’ as i go throughout the day.

  • Reply AsherDiego March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Education brings the lots of opportunity in human life, if you are well educated you are able to start your career with good job or can also run your own dissertation assistance service business.

  • Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.