thought a day

by Joanna on February 7, 2013

Mike got me a thought-a-day journal for Christmas. It’s a five year journal and for 5 years you write one thought a day.  When you get back to the beginning, you write year two’s thoughts under year one and so on. Wow, it’s crazy to think we could’ve filled two of these in the time we’ve been together.

I love the idea of this.  It’s neat to think about all that will change in the next five years–we’ll have new jobs, a baby or two, be living in a new place.  Think about the people we’ll meet, the places we’ll go, the things will do.  I know I’ll treasure this gift even after it’s all filled up.

How it’s going

You’d think this would be easy.  It’s a simple journal–you only have to write one or two thoughts per day! You don’t have to get into the nitty-gritty and spend 45 mins scribbling all the details of your day.  It’s meant to be quick and painless.

Here’s where I’m struggling:

I usually wait until right before bed to write my thought, at which point my thought is usually “I’m so tired.”  I don’t want an entire journal filled with “I’m so tired today.” Maybe writing down thoughts throughout the day would help and then I could choose a thought. Another option would be to write a thought first thing when I wake up the next morning.

It’s also kind of hard to choose one thought.  One thought that sums up the day.

I realize I’m probably over-thinking it (as I do with a LOT of things). I think I need to just enjoy it. Write if I want. Don’t put pressure if I don’t have a thought or I forget.

How quickly I forgot what I’ve learned about journaling

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1 Kristen February 7, 2013 at 9:57 am

Love this post, Joanna! I also bought a 5-year journal for myself, my mom, and a few of my closest friends for Christmas! I absolutely love writing in it every night, and I try to capture the highlights of what happened each day (even if the best part of the day was reading a book while out to lunch). I want to be able to look back in a few years and remember what my daily routine was like so I can see how much has changed in my life.


2 Joanna February 8, 2013 at 10:21 am

Thanks, Kristen! I love your enthusiasm for the thought-a-day journal–“I absolutely love writing in it every night”–that’s awesome! I’m going to look forward to it too going forward. I also like how you think of it as capturing the highlights of the day. Like it doesn’t need to be some deep, grandiose thought. I’m glad we had this talk!

PS–Reading during lunch is one of my FAVORITE things!


3 Tina February 7, 2013 at 1:24 pm

What if you make a running note in your iPhone and jot thoughts down during your day? Like if you go for froyo and are thinking about how great it is, you could write “2/7 – I love Pinkberry! Mango makes me happy” and then write them all in your journal later that night or later in the week?


4 Joanna February 8, 2013 at 10:14 am

That’s a great idea. I think I was being too serious or trying to think of some grand thought. But capturing the little details is just as valuable. Like yesterday, I saw a guy walking riding a unicycle down the street–I think that’s worth mentioning.


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