365 questions, 5 years, 1825 answers…
For the last few weeks, my bedtime routine has incorporated an extra stage – answering a question from a book.
My best friend Katie received this book from her sister for her birthday in August and as soon as I saw it I immediately had to get one myself. I’ve never been one for keeping a diary, but this book just seemed fun in its simplicity and, importantly, it seemed easy to stick with.
It’s essentially 365 daily questions, each different, which you answer every day for five years. It’s the perfect gift as you can start the book at any time (no need to wait til January) and you fill in yourself what year it is, so it won’t date.
I have purposely tried not to look ahead at the questions as part of the excitement is not knowing what you’ll be asked, but they range from serious to frivolous; it might be a question about what made you laugh that day or what you had for dinner or it might be something about your life goals or career direction.
When you’ve answered all 365 questions, you start again! I’m excited to see how my answers change (or don’t) over the next five years.
I’ve roped the boyfriend into doing it too (he was thrilled, naturally) and when we started on September 7th it was a suitably WIWT friendly question
And we haven’t missed a day since. It’s not hard to remember to do it, the book lives on the bedside table (okay, windowsill, we don’t have a fancy pants bedside table) and only requires one simple sentence per day.
I know what I want to achieve in the next five years, so if those things happen I’ll be really intrigued to see how my daily answers change. When it comes to certain questions, there’s a strange feeling of thinking “I really don’t want this answer to be the same when I get to this question in a year’s time”, so there’s something quite motivating about it, without it being annoyingly hippy-like in any way. Of course for some questions, you might want the answer to be the same every year! I’m sure there are plenty of answers I’ve given that I’ll look back on and cringe, but that’s the whole bloody point of a diary, right?! It’s for the comical value when you find it ten years later and kill yourself laughing for seven weeks straight.
I know there are websites that do similar time capsule type Q&A things, but I really like this being a physical book.
It’s a US publication, but I got mine here in the yoo-kay at Anthropologie for £13.99.
I def recommend it as the perfect little birthday present for someone, although clearly I couldn’t wait til my birthday and had to buy it for myself!