Before the beginning of last year, I bought a daily Moleskin planner with the goal of writing every day.  I wrote a lot last year but it wasn’t exactly every day.  I did write down my goals, what I accomplished, important events, and sometimes the weather.  I did that for almost all of 2015.

At the end of 2015, I read two of Austin Kleon‘s books, Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work! In his book, Steal like an Artist, Austin talks about keeping a daily logbook.  Austin had always tried to write a daily journal but could never stick with it.  Instead he decided to create lists of what he did each day.  What he did for breakfast and dinner, what he read, did for fun, events, or how he felt.  This exercise was simple enough for him to commit and stick to on a daily basis.

It makes sense.  What I really want to accomplish with my daily journal is to capture the events, ideas, and the things that shaped my day, weeks, months, and years.  Late at night I don’t have time, or concentration, to put together a well-written journal entry because I kind of turn into a caveman.  All I want to do is eat or collapse into bed.  I simply want to get everything out off my mind and onto the page. Then I can review it tomorrow or the end of the week, and maybe then I can find an idea for a blog post or speech.

Since the beginning of 2016, I’ve been trying out Austin’s suggestion of keeping a logbook. I like it, so far. It’s helped me keep things simple on the weekends when I’m not writing and using my notebooks as much.  The weekends are the time I’m most likely to slack or forget out filling out my notebook because I’m too busy chasing around my two small children. The logbook method makes it much easier to write a simple recap each night before bed.

I think these simple daily lists will help me when I go review my week and think about ways to create more content.