I have long been inspired by Ali Edwards + have often followed along with many of her projects, including December Daily. However, her Week in the Life project had never stood out to me as something I wanted to participate in before. Although her albums come out lovely, I felt like there just wasn't enough interesting stuff going on in my life to fill a full album of just the ordinary. Plus, isn't that what Project Life does? I already have enough with that!
But then, as I continued to look at people's projects this week, a thought occurred to me. My project life album is filled with my everyday, by documenting photos of fun times + memorable anecdotes from my week, but how do I actually spend my time?
It brought me back to something I did in high school. There was a time when I had so much I wanted to do, but felt like I never got anything done. So I challenged myself, to write down what I did at all times. I didn't tell myself I had to devote a certain amount of time to being productive, just that I had to record what I did, and for how long. I started to realize that I spent most of my time trying to figure out what I wanted to do, rather than doing anything at all. I told myself I couldn't do that and refused to let myself finish one activity until I knew what I wanted to do next. I didn't continue writing everything down for more than a month, but the habits I picked up from that experiment have stuck with me since [that was 10+ years ago] and I feel like it has made me a more productive person.
So I thought, I want to do this. But I don't want a separate album, I already document my life weekly in Project Life, I don't need to do it twice. So this is how I blended Week in the Life with Project Life, making it super simple!
Instead of challenging myself to document all week in photos, which I knew I wouldn't do, I gave myself two simple challenges: (1) write down how I spend my time, in a schedule type fashion; and (2) take some photos of everyday activities I do with the goal of one photo per day.
Then I created my journaling cards, one per day with a Becky Higgin's 3x4 grid card, a bit of washi tape + a day of the week cut out sticker. At the end of the week I plan to copy my schedule for each day onto the proper card, using the back if necessary. I will use these + a filler card for the 8 3x4 slots in my week, then create my title card + one 4x6 photo per day to fill out the week. Easy peasy.
More on how I'm doing my photos later!
How is your week in the life going?
[[Note: I am back! I will be back in full swing starting next Monday with a ton of exciting new reveals, so stay tuned!!]]