I am woefully behind in my journal. I haven't written in it for months. A big reason for this, I now realize, is I've set up unrealistic expectations for myself in my journal-writing this year.
I decided this year I will only write things in my journal that I want to remember. No emotional dumping, no negativity.
But this has proven difficult. First of all, I've been stressed to the gills for most of this year. (As in, if we don't find a job in the next 2 1/2 months, we'll be unemployed and homeless. How's that for stressful?) Of course I don't want to remember stress like that.
But it's a lot of work to edit out such a big aspect of my life. It's tied to everything else, so it's hard to suss out and write about only the memory-worthy events.
My second problem with my journal is that I use a dated day per page diary as my journal. (A large Moleskine daily diary, to be exact, for the third year in a row.) In past years I've found this motivational, because a blank page for each day encourages me to write SOMETHING. But with so many self-imposed constraints this year, I've tended to write nothing at all.
And so, my journal sits closed on my bedside table.
I thought maybe it would help to have my book sitting open somewhere on a table, and I could write into it throughout the day instead of waiting for time at the end of the day (which never happens. By the time the kids go to bed I'm too tired and drained to write anything meaningful, let alone memorable.) Writing short snippets throughout the day would probably give a better picture of my life anyway. Kind of like Tweets, in my journal.
In fact, just yesterday I saw this awesome article via Moleskiners about how 18th and 19th century diaries were a lot like Tweets today. And today, Moleskiners points out another article about journals, fearing they may soon become extinct in this age of electronic technology.
Journal-writers, how do you journal? Do you write something every day? Do you wait until you have a large block of time and write a bunch of pages all at once?
I guess when and how you write is at least partially determined by what you write about. Is your journal your emotional dumping ground? (Journals are great for that.) Like me, do you try to write about things you want to remember? Do you try to create an accurate record of your life? Or, do you just write whatever you feel like?
And while we're at it, what's your favorite book to write in for your journal?
(For those interested, here is what I use: a large, hard covered Moleskine day per page diary:)
Moleskine 2011 12 Month Daily Planner: Black Hard Cover Large (Moleskine Srl)