I have an absolutely terrible memory; it has steadily declined since having kids. Early on as a mom, I realized how important it was for me to remember the everyday moments…the memories that probably don’t warrant a picture, but are momentous nonetheless. In July of 2012, I started keeping daily notecards to record these “little” momentous daily events. My inspiration was from Pinterest…obviously, right? Pinterest was life at that time. Now that I have been doing these daily notecards for five years, it has become a part of my daily routine. Right before I go to bed each night, I find that day’s notecard and jot down the important parts of the day. It takes me no more than two minutes and one of those minutes is spent reading the lines from previous years. It’s my daily journey back in time, and I am so thankful that I started doing this.
Each index card represents one day. If you were starting today, you would write July 14th at the top of the index card. One the first line you would write “2017”, and include a sentence or two describing the highlights from the day. Each day you would do this, and just move that day’s card to the back of the box once complete. As a side note, I realize that there is probably an App to do this, but that’s just not for me. To each their own, but just as I prefer writing in my journal over typing out an entry in an online journal…it just loses something for me.
For anyone interested in starting this, here is what you need to know. It is really super simple. First, you will need to procure two things. 1.) At least 366 lined regular size index cards (366 because of leap year). 2.) A recipe card box to hold the index cards, make sure it is large enough. I bought mine on Etsy because I wanted something a little nicer than the plastic ones.
A few tips from my five years of doing this.
- Don’t write about the weather…unless it is something crazy.
- Don’t say “today was a good day”. 2012 Lauren has a few of these and they drive me crazy now. Explain what was so great about the day.
- Don’t leave out the unfavorable moments. If it was momentous, include it.
- If you are going on vacation or traveling, bring those day’s cards with you. It will make it easier to keep your routine instead of trying to remember what you did that day when you get home.
- If you can’t think of anything to write, do a “point in time” review. “Ex. Chase is really into soccer right now and loves all things Pokémon. Shane is really into trucks right now and loves watching Octonauts.” I will do this every now and again when it feels like an ordinary day. It’s fun to look back at their progression. You can do this with anything, favorite foods, toys, activities. Maybe they are currently obsessed with the color yellow. Write it down on a day when you are struggling to come up with something.
- I think it goes without saying, but you don’t have to always write about your kids.
These notecards have been such a blessing to me. When I started doing this, I had no idea how much I would appreciate these each day. From remembering Chase’s obsession with dragon’s to the oddity of Shane smelling like scrambled eggs as a baby…(yes, weird). I don’t think I would have remembered these little momentous daily events without my notecards.