Don’t Have Time to Journal?
8 Ways You May Already be Journaling!
First of all, don’t beat yourself up. There is a time and a season to all things, and there are many ways to journal. It is important to use what you have, and if time isn’t one of them consider these eight ways you may already be journaling:
Planners and Calendars
1—Do you use a planner or calendar for keeping track of upcoming appointments? You do? Excellent! Find a way to keep them at the end of the year instead of throwing them away. Maybe you could keep them in a binder or photo album. Today’s planner is tomorrow’s journal!
2—What about those to-do lists scribbled on different scraps of paper every day? Do you use sticky notes? What if you dated them and put them in a binder or journal? Even if you never make a journal entry that to-do list is a great picture of your day.
3—Do you keep a ledger of household accounts? This is not as common as it used to be. Nowadays it would probably be a spreadsheet. My grandmother didn’t leave me a journal but I have her ledgers. She kept track of every penny she spent. Because of her ledger I know how much she paid for rent in 1914, and the price of a loaf of bread.
The Family Bible
4—How about the Family Bible? In the 19th century many families kept records of births, marriages, and deaths in their Bibles and handed them down to the next generation.
5—What about that collection of old letters from either your parents or grandparents, or even yours? Carefully unfold them, put them in plastic sheets and put them in a binder. Be sure to save the envelopes. This way they can be handled and read. What a great way to save a little romance!
6—Then there are your kids and grandkids special works of art. They’ve been on the refrigerator for ages and you hate to just throw them away. Put them in plastic sheets and place them in a photo album. If the pieces are too big to fit in plastic, take a picture and place that in the binder instead.
Talks and Lessons
7—Do you ever have opportunity to speak in church or give a lesson? Put your talk or lesson plan in your journal with the date on it. I went 30 years between journal entries, but my talks are in there.
The Matchbox DiaryFind it here
8—The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman—a young man immigrates to the United States before he has learned to read and write. He promises his mother that he won’t forget the life he left behind. He decides to keep memories in little matchboxes. Years later his great granddaughter comes for a visit and she gets curious. He lets her pick the boxes one at a time and teaches her the memory behind each little memento.
Remember there is more than one way to journal. Find a way to keep those treasures, church talks, lesson plans, artwork, old letters, family bible, spreadsheets, to-do lists, and old planners. You’ve already done the work so why not keep it?