Firstly, I like to keep the comings and goings of daily life in a paper diary. And the best format for me is A5, a week to a page so that I can see the whole week in one sweep (and as I have mentioned before, if I find I need more diary room for planning out my days than what is offered by a page for a week I figure I need to reassess my life, not my diary format) and room for a TO DO list.
Secondly, you would know that I am pretty keen on the idea of gratitude. I've blogged about it plenty over the years and gave the whole of April this year over to practicing the art. I first discovered the power of gratitude when I was at university, fell into a slump and finally pulled myself out of it after setting myself the task of writing down two things I was grateful for at the end of each day - even if all I could muster was that the sun came up and the sky was blue . I was amazed at how quickly my mood shifted.
So I have been absolutely delighted to discover someone who has launched a project that combines these two loves of mine.
The Everyday Gratitude Diary is a crowdfunded project developed by a lovely person named Rebecca who has also worked out the power of gratitude in every day life. And she has created a diary for 2016 that seamlessly moves gratitude into the rough and tumble of daily life. It's a magnificent idea and it's going to be a beautiful diary. I've pledged my support, and in doing so, will receive a few copies - Christmas gifts for our older godchildren, a gift for a friend or two and one for me.
Read about it here. You can follow along on Facebook here. Pledges have to be in by the end of July. And 5% of profits will be given to the Black Dog Institute. It doesn't get better than that.
Go for it.