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One Line a Day

I love keeping records and journals. I've got a huge collection of notebooks, sketchbooks, and other types of handmade books that prove my lifelong dedication to record-keeping.

Over the last few years, however, I've slowly slipped from this beloved habit. The last couple of years were particularly bad. So bad, in fact, that last year, I decided NOT to keep any journals at all. At least no handwritten ones. Just my blogs and digital scribbles. A first, after so many years.

So, this year, part of my goal is to get back to it. Keeping journals and records.

I now have my traditional annual journal, where I plan to record bits and pieces of life whenever the mood strikes; a pad of paper, right by my bedside where I can try to write morning and/or evening pages; and this mini notebook, where I intend to record daily notes.

This mini notebook is another one of my attempts to try a daily-something practice once again.

Yes, something inside me groans as I do this, knowing full well that I tend to suck at any "daily practice".

However, inspired by something I saw online some time ago, I thought I'd work on a daily record by writing at least just ONE LINE A DAY. Something to remember the day by.

The great thing about this "One Line a Day" approach is that it takes off the pressure to write anything special or significant. Just a record of my passing days. A place to jot down some memories and thoughts. Write down a quote that I really liked. Or a bullet point list of things I did. Maybe even just a copy of an FB status or Twitter update.

If I end up writing more than one line, great. That's all good. If, after a long and busy day, all I can scribble down is one simple line to remember my day, then that's fine.

We'll see how I fare with this daily practice. I'll keep you posted!

Note: Notebook used for my One Line A Day journal is a gift from my sister. Thanks, sis!

About the Author Shai Coggins (MTeach, MSoc Sci App Psych)

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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