What is a Decade Journal and Why You Should Start One.

It is 1 book.
It is one journal that has at least 150 pages.

I use a A5 Leuchtturm 1917. But I also like and use Baron Fig’s Confidant notebooks.

The idea is to create a personal artifact. To have 1 book that can answer the following questions.

What did my life look like 10 years ago? Did I live a life that I wanted or intended to live?

On Jan 1st, 2020 I was 51. I thought back over the previous 20 years. 2000 – 2020. I had lived in multiple states. I was married, divorced and remarried. I have several jobs. I had several computers and digital devices – most of which are gone. My music went from being on CD’s to Minidiscs to mp3s to iTunes/iPod to iPhone to streaming. That is 4 transitions in my music when the previous 80 years only saw records to tapes to CDs.

My point is not about media and how fast things are moving.

My point is I would value at 51 having 2 journals that I could hold and touch. That I could see my own handwriting and feel a connection to the past.

I would turn the pages while reading and not break the emotional connection I feel with myself. I could see life lessons learned. I could see joy and celebration.

This could all be accomplished with one notebook. The pen could change over the years. But the notebook would be there.

The Method

  • Get as Notebook
  • Record your month on the last day of that month using 1 page only.
  • Record your year on the last day of the year using 2 pages.

Any other variations are up to you but I would encourage you to keep it simple.

I often reflect that having 2 journals that I could hold in my hands that had captured my previous 20 years of life would matter to me.

A personal artifact.

I cannot change the past but I can change my future.
I started my decade journal Jan 1st, 2020.
You can start yours this month.
Your friend.

PS. Here is a video I made last year to document my idea and concept.