There’s less than a month to go now until the official start of our Page Per Day Challenge on January 1st!
Those of us doing the Page Per Day Challenge will write one page every day for the entire year in our dated day per page planners or undated notebooks. If you’re wondering what to write every day, think of all the different possibilities: you could write your daily tasks and fill in details as you go throughout your day like I do; you could stick in random things like papers and receipts; you could do a sketch each day; write quotes; do little messages throughout the day like Tweeting to yourself; the possibilities are endless. The result will be a great record of your life for the entire year.
It doesn’t even have to be a journal of your own life. You could write a novel one page at a time or keep a journal as a fictional character. You could write a journal of your children’s lives when they are too small to write it themselves, and give it to them when they are older.
The reason it’s one page per day is to 1) encourage consistency and 2) limit overwhelm. If you expect to journal voluminously every day you will quickly burn out. Limiting yourself to a page every day really works because you don’t want to leave empty days, and it only takes a few minutes to capture something, anything, on the page.
I’ve been writing daily for more than two years now. It’s addictive. It keeps me organized (because I write my day’s schedule and high-priority tasks each day), it bolsters my memory (because I record things like phone calls and events) and it clears my mind. I have found it’s best to use a book I like to take with me everywhere, so I can jot things in it throughout the day. By capturing all the little things during the day, I create an excellent snapshot of my day. I don’t like to leave my daily writing to the end of the day because by the end of the day I don’t feel like writing. But everyone is different, and you might prefer writing at a specific time. This post will help you figure out when to write.
My goal is to create a community of people doing the PPDC where we can share photos and ideas of different ways to use our daily pages. We have a Facebook group which I encourage you to join. It is already active with people who have started their Challenge, and others getting ready to start theirs.
I will also be looking for people to do guest posts here on Quo Vadis blog throughout the year showing how you are using your daily pages. Everyone loves to see how other people use their books, and this will be a great way to share and generate ideas.
I have written several posts in the Page Per Day Challenge series so far, you can see them all here. You can also see them by going to Categories in the sidebar, pulling down the menu and choosing Page Per Day Challenge. Post topics in the series include which book to choose, dated or undated; what and when to write; examples of use, and more. It’s a great resource for everyone doing the Challenge.
Are you doing the Page Per Day Challenge? Have you chosen which book you’ll use? What do you plan to write/ capture every day?