The 5-Year Journal, Q&A a Day

Afraid of diving head first into journaling? This baby
has prompts for each day to get the ball rolling for you.

With 2018 drawing to a close, I’d like to spotlight this neat little journal which I’ve been using to supplement my bullet journaling. It provides daily questions which, when used daily, is a nice reflection of those years once they’ve been filled up. I started this in January 2017 and managed to keep up with it, despite needing to go back a week to fill it in a few times.

Published by Potter Style, Q&A a Day: 5-Year Journal has beautiful gilded pages that caught my eye in Barnes & Nobles last year. Behind its simplistic paper covering and stylishly lettered title are 365 questions for you to answer throughout the year. The layout makes it easy for a person to start any year on any month since you fill in the last two numbers following ’20__’ before writing down your answer.

Firstly, this is a great introduction to journaling without a large commitment. Four lines to answer forces the writer to answer concisely yet there’s no requirement to fill the entire space.

Some of the questions can be incredibly poignant, while others are less so but fun to answer anyhow. The journal is incredibly forgiving if you forget to use this for a few days in a row, as most of them aren’t particularly based on what you did that specific day. Looking back, these were some of my more memorable answers:

I think ‘leaky faucet dripping sound’ meant that I was dissociative or lethargic that day. It gave me a good chuckle
reading back on this answer since I’d given absolutely no other context with that very distinct description.

I was slightly surprised at how profound some of the questions were, like these ones below. Somehow, it seemed some questions are timed perfectly to what’s been lingering in your mind. These can easily lead one to write more on what’s on their mind in, say, their bullet journal!

Overall, I really enjoyed this journal throughout 2018 and am excited to see what I’ll write in the coming years. It’s a fun little activity to do either in the morning or towards the end of each day (depending on the question), and it’s great to use alongside bullet journaling. Personally, it would be a sweet gift to give a loved one. This one is the general journal but there are other one specializing by person: there’s one for parents, grandparents, children, teens, for couples, college students, and creatives, and they range to last between 3 to 5 years. They are available on Bookshop here.

Originally posted on my old blog, The Plant That Never Blooms (on Blogspot)

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