I started keeping these Stuff of the Month lists around age 12. (Credit to my sister Gemma for coming up with the idea, which I copied.)
You know how there’s an Employee of the Month? The Stuff of the Month list is a form of bullet-journaling where you name the Food of the Month (as in your favorite food you ate recently or a food that featured prominently in your month), Movie of the Month, etc.
If you’re looking for a way to get into bullet journaling, or gratitude journaling, or those one-line-per-day journals, or any other of the millions of journaling techniques—here’s one more to consider. I like this one because it’s fast, fun, and you don’t actually have to do it that often (just once a year will be enough to spark vivid memories when you re-read it decades from now).
For example, now when I look at my lists from 13 years ago, like “Outfit of the Month, Sept. 2007: Pink henley shirt from Target, A&F jeans, white and pink Nike shox,” I remember when I thought that was the height of fashion. Since I don’t have these clothes anymore, I might have forgotten about them otherwise. It’s a fun way to reminisce.
This activity is even better for kids: get them to write down their favorite toy of the month, cartoon, cereal/breakfast, dream pet (unicorn?), etc.
All you do is turn to a new page in your notebook and write down your entries for the following categories.
(These are the ones I like to record, but obviously you should replace the ones you don’t care about with whatever’s important to you, like video game or protein powder flavor of the month or whatever.)
- Makeup routine:
- Boys (replace with the appropriate word for your type of love interests; “men” doesn’t quite describe mine yet, haha):
- Friends (who I’ve been hanging out with lately, who I’m close to, new people I’ve met):
- Outlook (how I feel about life these days, in a word):
- On my mind (what I’ve been thinking about lately):
- Looking forward to (to end on a positive note):