I’m keeping a gratitude journal this year, and this is how I’m doing it. I sourced this Mark’s EDiT storage.it day-per-page diary in B6 size from Japan, and there’s enough space each day to write five things for which I am grateful. But crucially, there’s not so much space to fill up each day that it becomes a daunting task, and this has been the key to my success. Also, the fact that each page is dated gives me the incentive to write something each day, even if it’s just a few sentences: I don’t like to see a blank page. Let me show you a few of the features of this lovely diary.
First, the cover: you can store things in it! Or, you can update the look of the cover by slipping in a post card or photograph. Here’s how it looks with two different types of scrapbook paper:
Inside the diary, there are all the usual pages you’d expect. A yearly calendar, monthly calendars, train and subway maps for major world cities, notes pages and time zones. You can click on any of these thumbnails for a larger view:
In addition to the monthly calendars, there is also this monthly summary (pictured below). Here you can record your goals, expenses and plans for the coming month. And there is a yearly overview too, where you can record your Year Vision, Planning List and Monthly Events.
Onto the daily pages, there’s space for recording the weather, your to-do list, and appointments from 6AM until 11PM. The numbers are small enough that you could ignore them, as I do. The ruling is 5mm, which is larger than the 4mm ruling of the Hobonichi Planner.
It also has some other nice features, like a pen holder, card holders and pockets inside the front and back covers. There are two ribbon page markers. I’ve been using the cover pocket to hold stencils and stickers.
How I came to own this diary
There’s very little Japanese text in this diary, so perhaps we’ll see it for sale in English-speaking countries one day. But at the moment, the only place you can purchase it in English is Rakuten. However, when I discovered the EDiT, Rakuten had sold out of all their stock, and the Mark’s Diary webshop is only in Japanese. So after some searching I discovered the White Rabbit Express service. With this service, you send them a link to the product you want, and they will source it for you, adding their commission and postage costs. I can recommend this service for sourcing things that are difficult to find outside of Japan.
Now, in the third month of 2014, I am starting to feel the effects of using a gratitude journal. To date, I’ve only missed one day, and I couldn’t have created this daily habit without a dated book like this. I count my blessings every day!