I was thinking about starting a diary – Lord knows I’ve bought enough writing books and pens! – and BAM, an article about “Day Diaries” jumps onto my desk.
Here’s how the Day Diary started: Joni B. Cole was having a bad day, and she started thinking about other women’s lives – and of course, her imaginings included perfect women having perfect days. Thinking beyond herself, she created a book series and the concept of Day Diaries, as she puts it, “out of self pity, curiosity, and a need to connect.”
The concept is easy – write down what you do in 24 hours. How much is enjoyable? What feelings do you have as you interact? Part itinerary, part journal, a day diary is a way to reflect on your life though the lens of a single day. No big commitment, just one 24-hour day. Pick up your pencil, grab a pen and the back of an envelope, boot up the hard drive – you can find the spectacular of life within the moments of your life. Then share it.
If you want to be part of something bigger and organized, pick March 27th for your “Day” and add your entry to the online gallery www.my247life.com that Colgate-Palmolive’s Lady Speed Stick 24/7 is sponsoring. The site won’t be up until March 5th, and someone’s entry will be included in the 2008 edition of This Day in The Life: Diaries from Women across America.
Tips for Creating a Day Diary
- Keep your diary close at hand to jot down activities, thoughts, feelings, and observations as they occur throughout the day.
- Write your day diary in the way you are most comfortable, whether on the computer or in a notebook.
- Put down what is in your head and heart without censure or second guessing.
- Don’t overlook the small things; it is the details that make a day.
- Revisit your day diary a week, a year, a decade after creating it. How did you spend your time? What moments stand out? How did your behavior and attitude work in your favor…or get in the way of productivity, happiness, and fulfillment.
- Day diaries are meant to be shared and swapped, as a means of fostering a greater appreciation and understanding among women. Use the experience to connect with your mothers, sisters, friends, co-workers, etc.