Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Quick Journal for a Busy Mama

Since I was a little girl, the sight of an empty journal filled my heart with thoughts of endless grand entries. Judging by how consistently faithful (ha!) I am with this blog, it doesn't take much effort to imagine that I have stacks of notebooks that are filled with good intentions and very few words. Why am I so convinced that a new notebook will encourage daily entries, when the notebook before that didn't?

Now that I'm a mom, I truly want to be writing down the special things that happen each day. My boys change so quickly! Abel says such cute things and Micah's growing like a fat little weed. While we're making memories all the time, the boys are too little to remember them long term. But as I look at the priorities of my day, I know that now more than ever I don't have the time to be journaling regularly.  I needed something simple, quick, and organized.

Enter my note card journaling system. I have a stack of 3x5 cards for each month clipped together. The top of each card has a date (January 1) and then on the first line of that note card, I write the year (2012). Next to the year, I have a tiny bit of space to jot down something about the day. I've noted funny things Abel has said, special family outings, what days I had ultrasounds of Micah, etc. This is a wonderful way to keep track of those memories and dates that are soon forgotten in a busy family.

My "quick journal" box with cards so far.

Quick journal example- Reed's first day at work after Micah was born.

I'd love to take credit for this awesome idea, but I saw a version of it in a magazine a few years ago (pretty sure it was Family Fun, but I'm not positive). When my kids get older, I'd like to make writing on the cards together part of our nightly routine, getting suggestions about what we should write that day from the boys. In years to come, it will be fun to look back and see what we did on a particular day in years past!

Today, I'm linking up to We are THAT Family  for her Works for Me Wednesday party.