It seems that 2011 is going to be a year on record – something that has come about somewhat unconsciously. In previous years I’ve often set out to try and log every book I’ve read but I seem to lose steam after a few weeks. I also seem to lose track when I write the books down in my day-to-day diary. This year I decided to try using a beautiful notepad that I was given about 7 or 8 years ago. That’s right, it has sat languishing on my shelf for that long. It has thick, creamy pages and is bound in soft cream coloured leather. I’ve never really known what to do with this notepad – it seemed too fancy for regular notes. It has a lot of pages so I could potentially log my reading for years. Maybe I will. Either way, I’ve managed to record every book I’ve read so far this year (9 at the last count).
A few weeks ago I wrote about buying a spending diary. A few days in, I realised it wasn’t working for me. It is too small to record my spending properly. Some days I don’t spend anything, other days I buy lots of little things and there isn’t space. I really liked the idea though so I decided (ironically perhaps) to buy a larger diary. I figured I am going to be using it all year and it didn’t make sense to not spend the money and then abandon the whole idea because I as getting irritated. The new diary is working out well though I won’t really be doing it properly (ie doing an end of month summary on what went where) until February when my new budget begins.
The old diary isn’t going to waste. I’ve decided to use it as a food diary. The weight just isn’t coming off (I keep baking and eating cake – there is nothing mysterious about it). I know a lot of people who have said that recording what they eat has helped them to lose weight by keeping them accountable so I might as well give it a go.
Does anyone out there keep records of anything? Are you like me and start out with good intentions but cave by March? If I stick with all of these things, by the end of 2011 I will have a bizarre set of records detailing what I ate, spent and read for a whole year!