The year on record

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!

Categories: Ramblings | 4 Comments

Post navigation

4 thoughts on “The year on record

  1. geeka

    What about using It’s really helping me because I never carry cash and it automatically downloads everything from your bank. You can set budgets and everything.

  2. Alison Butler

    I am very impressed that you stick with things for 3 months. I decided to start a kind of diary at the turn of the year to try to help with my motivation for various things – I managed until 6th January, I think, then life got the better of me! I had completely forgotten that I was going to do until about a week ago, then of course, being in my 40s I could not remember what I had done, let alone how successful Ihad been!!
    I look forward to seeing your future postings, although I am still catching up with your early blogs. It is very interesting to read historical postings at the same time as current ones – a bit like reading the end of a book before you should.

    • shoestringalley

      Maybe you could start afresh with your diaary from the start of February? That’s what I’m doing with my spending diary 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at

%d bloggers like this: