Entry 000

Yes, I left three digits there so this will roll over after 999 more entries. Let’s hope it doesn’t reach that number.

The series will use the same entry title with an entry number at the end of each.

This post and those that follow are inspired by a post by Ben Werdmüller titled “Recording life on the ground“.

He followed up that post with another, “Four Questions“. You can find the extended version of the prompts for journal entries but I will list the core questions here.

Credit goes to Ben and readers of his blog for these:

The core questions:

  1. What did you do today? Purely tactical: what did the day look like? It might seem obvious to us right now, as we’re in the moment, but once the pandemic passes it likely won’t. It’ll also most probably differ from country to country.
  2. What did you enjoy? This and the next question could have been condensed into “how are you feeling?”, but the more direct prompt is more likely to elicit more specific answers. It’s also a prompt to remember what has been good about the day; in difficult times, there’s an importance to that.
  3. What did you find difficult? Again, it’s worth being specific. These two questions were inspired by Arne Rubinstein’s GOLDEN framework – thanks to Erik Visser for forwarding it to me.
  4. What has changed? This is deliberately ambiguous. Perhaps it’s something big, like a policy change or a government reshuffle. Perhaps it’s something small, like a change in personal routine to find healthier ways to adapt. But change is a constant, and it’s worth recording the delta between one day and the next.

Featured Image Credit

Picture of "Field Notes" journals by Brian Bennett
“History” flickr photo by bennettscience https://flickr.com/photos/bennettscience/41418659324 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
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