Chaotic lives

My wife and I just spent the last two-and-a-bit hours getting our diaries in sync for the rest of the year. Life is chaotic enough with two careers, one teenager starting Sixth Form, one teenager starting GCSEs, one child starting school, one child in pre-school, my helping to run two schools, swimming lessons, WordCamps, dentist appointments, work trips, visits to the opticians, conferences, birthdays and numerous other life events.

Not content with juggling all that, we decide to make our lives even harder by my insisting on keeping everything digital in Sunrise and Wunderlist, while she prefers analog with her trusty Filofax.


n. The activity of keeping a diary, also known as journal.

As much as I love the idea of keeping a journal, I suck at it. Like most things – and most people – I start out with the best of intentions, but fail to maintain the habit; also, like a bad workman, I often blame the tools but the truth is that it is habit and nothing more.

I’ve tried many tools and formats over the years; too many to list here. Inspired by my eldest daughters recent experiments with Bullet Journal – complete with shiny new Moleskine notebook and washi tape decorations, see the featured image on this post – I started thinking about how to kickstart my journaling habit.

As much as I love analog methods (I am also a sucker for nice notebook and pen) the reality is that I spend most of my time in front of my MacBook Pro or with my iPhone (no Watch, yet 😉) nearby so a digital solution works best for me. Since I am already deep into the Apple lifestyle, the natural choice is Day One from Bloom and it is a very nice app. If you don’t believe me, go read this review from The Sweet Setup.

However I work for a company whose primary product is a blogging platform, and what is a blog if not a form of journaling? Of course a journal should be personal, so I just setup a [private]|( blog, picked a theme, and I am set! Thanks to the excellent WordPress app I have most of the features from Day One on my phone. In fact I think the only thing I lose out on is the automatic weather details.

Let us see how long I can maintain this habit for… 😀