There is an expectation that journals should start on 1st January, however there is no reason why you can’t start on any day of the year. Here are some ideas on starting you journal if you’ve just missed the beginning of January, although they could be adapted for any time of year.
- Use a page a day diary and use the first few pages to write information you may not include otherwise e.g. description of current situation such as where you live, your job, list of what you want to achieve this year, description of the people who may make an appearance, or create an index so you can easily refer to key events / emotions in the future
- Use a page a day diary and ignore the first few pages, there is no reason why they should be filled in just because they’ve been printed
- Use an undated page a day diary, these are hard to find, but do exist in UK and USA
- Use a normal notebook, you could still use one page a day or just let yourself write as much as you want each day without being limited by the end of the page
- Use word processor so you can create your own structure
- Stick in a photograph taken on each missed day
- Use journalling software such as Lifejournal
- Use a 5 year journal and loop around each year; so you start this year on today’s date and continue using the 1st row for January next year and when you catch up move on to the second row
- Use a page a day diary and write a review of the days you’ve missed making it clear they were not written at the time, perhaps using a different style like a bullet point list or mind map
- Review your status updates on Facebook and Twitter and any emails you sent on the missed days and copy in any that describe what you did or how your felt
- Create a collage of information relevant to each day e.g. bus tickets, leaflets
By trying something different on these days you may find a whole new method of journalling.
What are your suggestions for filling the gaps of missed days? Do you worry about missed days?