This week we launched the Martha Brook Five Year Diary, and we couldn’t be more excited to share this with you! We know what you’re thinking…”keep the same diary for five years?!” But fear not, we’re here to reassure you that whilst this may sound like a pretty big task at hand and a big commitment no less, it’s really quite the opposite! In this blog we’ll go through what a five year diary is, how to use one and the many reasons you should be keeping one this year…
What is a five year diary?
A five year diary is designed to capture your life on paper across five years. It features each day of the day with five entries per day, so you’ll write an entry a day for each day of the year, but when the year is done, you go back to where you started and repeat for five consecutive years. At the end you’ll be able to look back at each day of the year and see what you did for five years running. Your very own time capsule! Cool, right?!
How do I use a five year diary?
It’s very simple! Each day, take a few minutes to jot down something noteworthy from that day. It doesn’t have to be ground-breaking; it can just be how you’re feeling, something that made you smile or even what you had for dinner. See it as a little record from each day of something you don’t want to forget.
6 reasons to keep a five year diary
1. It’s your very own time capsule
Keeping a five year diary is essentially keeping a time capsule of the next five years. Once you’ve finished the diary and at the end of the five years, you’ll be able to look back and see what you got up to on that day for five years running. A pretty lovely way to look back in time and remember what you got up to!
2. It’ll help you to remember more
The year goes by in a flash, so fast in fact that it can be tough to remember all the magical memories and moments that life presents us with. But with the five year diary, you’ll be able to jot down the little things, the big things and everything in between on a day-to-day basis so you can look back, remember and relive those lovely little moments that are so easily forgotten.
3. It’ll help you see just how far you’ve come
By keeping a five year diary, you’ll be able to see how you’ve grown and developed over the course of that time. No matter if you’re working towards a savings goal or are working on your own personal development, you’ll be able to see just what a difference a year makes…and another year…and another!
4. It will help you identify patterns
Another brilliant reason to keep a five year diary is it really helps to identify patterns year to year. For example, you might find certain times of the year harder so you can plan ahead for nice things to look forward to. Or you might notice that by waking up a little earlier one day, you were able to squeeze in some exercise before work, which made you feel great, so you plan to do that again!
5. It will help you set a positive routine
Keeping a five year diary is fairly low commitment, taking just a few minutes of each day. But by doing this daily and sticking to it creates a positive routine of organising your thoughts and jotting down something about your comings and goings. By having this little daily ritual in place, it may inspire you to add other elements to your daily routine that make you feel good too.
6. Encourages you to achieve and celebrate your goals
And lastly, keeping a five year diary helps you achieve your goals by keeping account of your progress daily, and will help you celebrate them too. As we mentioned before, it can be easy to forget some things in life but the five year diary is a pleasant reminder of anniversaries of certain goals you’ve worked so very hard to reach.
We hope that’s helped to demystify what a five year diary is, how you can use it and why we think they’re pretty great! Have you tried one before? Let us know in the comments!
P.S. Want to give a five year diary a go? Discover our brand-new personalised five year diary here.