Back in late December 2010 I got it in my head that THIS was the year for me to take on the 365 project. Yesiree, I was going to journal every day and take at least one photo every day…for 365 days straight!
You see that’s how the 365 project works – you take a photo and journal every day and then at the end of the year (365 days) you have a full accounting (the everyday stuff) of your life that year. What could be better, right?
Of course, you can adapt this project any way you want to – it’s YOUR life to document. Want to add bits and pieces of the everyday activities? Go right ahead. Add receipts, ticket stubs, box tops, wrappers, kids’ drawings, whatever you feel helps tell your story.
So, just before New Year’s I plotted my strategy, chose the perfect album and supplies, and set up my daily process.
The box album I chose-I won it from Anna Cabrera a while back!
The cover pages - there is one for each month and I will add a recap and photo collage here.
The page structure: Calendar w/date circled, day of week w/room for "daily word," journaling block and room for photo
Since I am never without my little point-and-pray and my iPhone, and I tend to take a ton of photos of everyday things, the photos would be no issue. But, I was not used to journaling every day.
I went on the hunt for a solution that would work for everyday journaling.
Would I choose a standard journal and dress it up a bit? Would I choose to use an app like Evernote to track my daily life, or would I find something else?
Then, just as it so often does, the universe delivered to me something wonderful, a wonderful service that would make journaling so very easy: OhLife
OhLife is so very simple – it does one thing and does it very well (I LOVE these kinds of products!).
How does it work?
Step One: Log in and set up your account.
Step Two: Wait for the OhLife email to arrive in your inbox every day. What’s the email say? “How was your day?” Better than we sometimes get from our loved ones, right?
Step Three: Reply to the email with the details of your day and hit send.
No, really, that’s it.
Then, when I’m ready to add my journaling to my 365 album I simply copy and paste the journaling from my online journal (yes, it takes every one of your email responses and creates an online journal for you) or export the file. So very simple.
In case you’re wondering, I do not work for OhLife, nor am I getting anything for talking about them. I just think what they offer is so very cool. And, I just had to share it with all of you. It really is that cool…and simple.
OK, off to catch up on my journaling.
Oh, I didn’t mention I am a bit behind on that part? Yup, I am. But, no worries. When I’m super busy I simply save the OhLife emails in my Inbox (in a folder titled To Be Journaled) and add the journaling when I have time. Again, I reply to the email with my journaling and hit send. It’s now part of my online journal…and it gets added in chronological order (something I am a bit, well, picky about).
Don’t believe it’s this easy? Try it! It really is easy…and cool.
Perhaps you have another solution that works for you? Please share it in the comments section above. We can all benefit from knowing about all the options.
Have a great evening,