This Dojo Member letter covers what you will gain from starting a 5 year memory book practice.
Last week's email created interesting conversations about the top 5 reasons why we procrastinate.
Would you believe that the year is about 19% complete as of when you read this?
Some of our members said that they were struggling to think of things that they have accomplished so far. I disagreed with a few folks in that you have accomplished, but you might not remember it all.
Let that sink in for a moment...
You accomplish a lot of things, but many people are not great at noting and celebrating all that you do. The reasons for this could fill a few books.
Let me share with you a simple practice that can help you preserve your memories and keep you motivated to keep on accomplishing many things.
It all started as an idea.
But it didn't happen until last October when I visited my favourite book shop on Vancouver Island.
I had been toying with the idea of keeping a 5 year memory book for some time. Then as I walked into the book shop, there was exactly the version that I had seen on a few shopping sites.
At a $27 sticker price, I bought it without question (see photos below).
I didn't start it until the beginning of February. See where the procrastination idea came from last week?
Some reasons that we don't always start something as massive as a 5 year memory book can be:
•What if I don't feel inspired to write something down?
•What if I don't have anything that is that amazing to write down?
•How and where will I keep it safe?
•Will this mess up my other journal practices and the Jar of Awesome that my wife and I keep all year round?
Despite the questions in our minds, keeping a 5 year memory book journal can be a rewarding and valuable experience. By making a commitment to write in it consistently, you can overcome many micro-challenges and reap the benefits of this practice.
Have I missed a few days?
Then I go back, check my calendar, and make a few catch up entries.
What will be great is being able to look back as the years roll by at all the BEST things that happened from each day.
This is a treasure chest in the making for your future self and anyone else who reads it in the future.
As you can see from the photo above, there isn't a ton of space to write a story, just a few highlights.
I am sharing this with you to help you see how such a simple tool can be a springboard to helping you create greater habits, consistency and stoke your creativity that can serve you in other areas of your life.
Reply back with any questions you have that I may be able to help with. Or, let me know if you have a similar habit/tool that you use.
P.S. If you started a 5 year memory book practice like this, who would you inspire along the way?