The Whys and the Hows of Keeping a Diary
Practice keeping a record of your life to expand the experience
A diary, a journal, a blog, a record... Whatever you call it, keeping track of your life seems to be reviving as a cultural trend. Why is that? It’s because keeping records has become so easy and fun with digital devices and the Internet.
Some people have found it’s actually fun to write or keep a journal, and some have even realized that they can become a photo journalist or vlogger (video blogger). Some prefer podcasting or keeping a diary of voice recordings. Any way you choose, you can keep digital diaries and journals on social media or using apps, and you can even share them with the world when you feel like doing that.
Documenting your life has many benefits
Several studies have shown that writing things down have positive effects in improving memory and caring for mental health. It helps you organize your thoughts and broaden your perspective. It is also a good way to improve your communication skills such as writing and story telling.
Cooking videos and mouthwatering photos of delicious foods always get great responses on social media. Be proud of your cooking and photography skills by sharing videos and photos of your favorite recipes!
A food diary can also help you keep track of what you eat and how much you eat. You can even
keep track of how much you’re spending on food.
Fashion and Beauty Diary
It's a great time to start a fashion and beauty diary as part of your fashion strategy. Plan what to wear, try different pairings, take a snap, and never worry of having to wear the same clothes as the last meeting.
You can post your latest fashion ideas and beauty tips with photographs or video clips on social media to get a sense of how other people react. #OOTD #nofilter #styling101.
You can immortalize the joy and experiences you had during your trip or vacation by keeping records of your activities, the thoughts and feelings you had while you were away from home.
Bring your smartphone or a small high-resolution camera with you, one that’s easy to use and has good video capabilities. Then you can take all the photographs you like and shoot video without carrying a bunch of heavy gear.
Pet and Gardening Diary
With more time being spent at home, having pets or plants is becoming popular and trendy, especially among young adults. Record their growth and changes in photographs and video, and make those into albums.
Feel free and proud to share on SNS when you capture a beautiful or fun scene.
If you’re a career-oriented person with the ambition to succeed in business, start keeping a detailed record of your working days. From what kind of projects you’re working on, to your strategy, to the results and feedbacks. These will become invaluable information for you to assess and improve performance and plan for the future.
There are no rules for keeping a diary. You can start with one general diary, or you might want to have theme-based diaries like the ones described above.
If you go for a classic paper diary with hand writing, adding color sketches and photographs can make it visually interesting and fun to re-visit later on.
If you go digital and make your entries sharable, be mindful about the design and color schemes to represent your personality. And of course, use high-quality photographs and video clips.