Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Journaling Challenge - A Week In Your Life

I'm going to start a new journaling challenge, and I hope some of you (or maybe many of you) will join me.

We journal for different reasons and in different styles. I know that my journals include far more introspection, rather than facts and things that go on in my daily life. So I have decided to record a week of my life in minute detail.

So this will be what is generally a diary entry - logging things that happen. Actual events. People you meet, things you see, things you eat, time you go to many details as you wish.

That doesn't mean that you can include the usual things you journal. So for example, I will still no doubt include my introspection, my feelings about various things, lists and tasks and whatever else comes to mind. But the main thing to make sure is that you record your week as it truly happens, so that years from now when you look back at these entries, you will know exactly what this particular week was like.

Don't worry if it feels mundane. Most of us live through mundane days, but so did all the people whose lives we now find fascinating.

I will be happy to post excerpts from people's entries so feel free to send them to me.

The challenge will be for August 22 to August 28. It begins at midnight on August 21, and ends at Midnight on August 28. So entries for this challenge must be from this time period. I hope you will join in, and we can share this journey together, and share some of our entries or discuss how we found the experience, and what we learned if anything.


  1. to record a week of my life in minute detail ... wow, what an intriguing idea! Really very intriguing!

    I wished I would be a better journaler or a daily journaler at all ... but I'm looking forward to hear/read from your experiences. And I should keep that idea in mind, maybe to vary it a little, to make it suitable for my own purposes.

    Anyway, I wish you all the best for your challenge! Have fun & enjoy your time and yournal! :-)

  2. Karin,

    Join in and see how it goes for you. If you don't find it works for you, then stop. And as you said, you can always modify it for yourself. But it will be fun ;)

  3. hmmmmm this is intriguing. I might do that... its sounds like i may learn alot

  4. Emily,

    That's fab. The more the merrier.

  5. This sounds fun... I haven't journaled for ages because I have felt too busy..... and hassled although I know that if I were to journal I would feel calmer and more in control. A bit of a 'Catch 22' really.

    I am glad you visited..... this sounds like my way back :) Thanks!


  6. I think it sounds quite intriguing and will give it my best effort to join you! Though I journal a great deal already the "extra" step sounds like it will add a new dimension!
    Thanks. And best of luck to you as well!

  7. Karen,

    I know exactly what you mean about 'Catch 22', but I've found that when we really want to do something, we find the time - trust me, I've been telling myself I don't have time to exercise for ages :P --still trying to get over that excuse.

  8. Anonymous,

    That's EXACTLY my purpose. I also journal a lot - but I'm hoping that with this extra step, I might use/acquire/hone different skills and add things to my journal that I might otherwise miss.

  9. This is an interesting idea. I think I sometimes get away from journaling (as I am now) because my life doesn't have any drama or anything to "work out." Even though I know journling isn't just for those times, it is the easiest time to write. This is a great way to spark my writing.

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