Daily Archives: April 11, 2011

Log, Journal or Diary

Have you ever kept a log, journal or diary?

In the book I’ve referred to many times, Younger Next Year and Younger Next Year For Women, Chris Crowley, one of the authors, advocates the idea of keeping a log.

I had mentioned in previous blog posts that one of Harry’s Rules (read the book to learn what these are) is to care and commit.

This has to do with caring about your own life.  One of the keys would be to keep track of things.  If you’re going to have a great life from here on out, examine what you do.  And to do this– write stuff down.

You may wonder why he would even suggest that.  Well, it’s to help you remember stuff.

The idea is to keep a simple log every day to help you keep track of three things:  1) what you ate  2) what you did for exercise and 3) what you did with your life–the things you care about.

When you write it down it’s there on paper, on record.  Amazingly it’s a sign that someone cares–you.

Keeping a log, journal or diary, whatever you want to call it, has been done forever.  Think of all the military captains of ships and commanders of armies who have done this for centuries.  It holds people accountable.

It will hold you accountable as well.  When you care about yourself and keep track of stuff and know you’ll be writing down what you did, you will be more likely to do what you said you would do; or what your intent was.

Reading this book has changed my commitment to exercise.  I’d been getting in 30 minutes on the treadmill about 4-5 days a week.  Now I do 45 minutes 6 days a week… O.K. not every week, but most.  I’ve personally written the ’45 minutes on treadmill’ on my daily to-do list and check it off when I’ve completed it.  Now I’m considering this daily log idea that I’ve written about here, for the other areas mentioned.

What about you?  Do you keep a daily journal or log?