The scrapbooking world is all abuzz about next week’s Week in the Life project from Ali Edwards. This exercise is where you dedicate one solid week to photo-taking and journaling your daily life. To a busy scrapbooker however, finding the time for intense documentation can seem intimidating.
I want to use this post to offer some encouragement, that I believe you can tackle this challenge. Here’s how I know: I believe I can do it. I’m a busy wife, mom and business woman who struggles with juggling it all, just like you. My gut reaction to this project was: “There’s no way I could do this, I don’t have the time and its just not the right week for me.”
As I pushed away the nagging inner voice, I decided to challenge myself before I challenged you! With some encouragement from Kristin of Log Your Memory, my week began yesterday.
My first 24 hours taught me a few things:
- A Week in the Life is a great opportunity to try new things.
- It’s OK to use the little point & shoot or even the camera phone.
- If I stop looking at my BlackBerry, there’s lots to see.
- I have lots of interesting thoughts that I don’t normally write down.
- I can never find a piece of real paper; my world is digital.
The big, nearly immediate, lesson was that journaling by hand was not going to work for me. I dislike my handwriting, I can’t keep track of paper nor can I ever find a piece to write on. This led me to brainstorm a few ways for us digitally-minded girls to dive into the project
Three digital solutions for daily documentation
1. Evernote – While I’ve recommended Evernote in the past, I’d not yet found the right way to incorporate it into my habits. I know now that Evernote is my personal solution to journaling. Since my phone is always at arm’s reach (whereas paper and a pen are not), I can type and send a note off to Evernote as it comes to me.
2. Facebook – While I will send camera phone images to Evernote, Facebook will provide a way for my close friends and family to take the ride with me. Most importantly, having quick feedback and encouragement will give me motivation to keep going.
3. Twitter – It took me past the 24 hour mark to realize that I already do a lot of daily documentation through my frequent tweeting. In particular, I often send photos with witty commentary to TweetPhoto or TwitPic.
Making this work for me (and you) centers on accepting my digital world and celebrating that as part of daily story. With these “a ha” moments under my belt and 3 simple tools in my arsenal, I feel even more confident that I’ll be able to capture my week.
Check back on Sunday for my Week in the Life product picks, including the items I’m using! Are you participating in Week in the Life?