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Writing your Daily Diary/Journal

There are many ways of keeping a daily diary/journal. It doesn’t matter which method you use as long as you stick to it. I must admit I have tried a few in my time, but struggled to keep to any of them. The problem I have is not the method I choose to record my daily outpourings, but what I actually record!

But I find that seems to be a pattern that I fall into with many things. I dilly and dally to get the right ‘style’ to find my voice. And struggle with how to get across what I want to say in the way that I want to say it.

For example, in January this year I read a great article on ‘Bullet Journalling.’ I was fired up with the ideas and suggestions it provided. To start with, I set out my plan of how I was going to achieve it and off I went. The core idea was suggesting writing quick notes rather than long sentences. And symbols to denote if it is a task, an event, a note about something that has happened, or a memory to look back on. It suggested that this form of journalling is a calendar, a diary and a to-do list all rolled into one.

Within a short time I became slightly disillusioned. Although I had the framework and the structure, I couldn’t find the right content to put in it. My endeavours diminished over a couple of months. I continued to search for another method though as I was sure there would be something else that would be just right for me!

The latest new idea I have come across is entitled Write Your Daily Diary. The steps to take to follow this method are:

  1. Have a notebook handy and jot down anything interesting that happens during each day.
  2. At the end of the day, (or the beginning of the next day), write up your entry for that day.
  3. Write for yourself, and for yourself only.
  4. Concentrate on what stood out for you on that day.
  5. Type it up, print it, put it into a ring binder.
  6. Add photos, postcards, illustrations etc.

It sometimes helps to explore the diaries of other people, such as Alan Bennett, Kenneth Peacock Tynan, Mavis Leslie de Trafford Gallent, to name just a few.

Give it a go, let me know how you get on. I will renew my efforts, I just need to get into a routine, make it part of my every day.

I hope you find these tips helpful. It would be good to hear what you think about my ideas, and anything else you have come up with. Tell me what you think by posting your comments below. Why don’t you Share this with your friends and family by clicking the Facebook icon or following us on Twitter?


About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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