Having this kind of boundary in place keeps me from spending too much time on each question.
This is not just a gift to future generations; it's a gift to yourself. It can give your life a sense of purpose and control. It can help you make sense of past events and current experiences.
It puts you in the driver's seat of your life story—you get to decide what you write about and how you interpret and connect past events.
I also try to keep up with my 5-year question a day journal, which will wrap up at the end of March.
I have an Evernote file, where I keep ongoing bulleted lists, one for each month, to record my daughter's milestones, phases, funny sayings and more.
It's the #52stories project sponsored by Family Search, whom I happen to write for.
The idea is to write one story from your personal history every week for a year, based on a question or prompt.To make it easy for me (and for you), I wrote a total of 144 questions based on 12 monthly themes, so there are plenty of options to choose from each week.You can download the full set of questions at the bottom of my "Define Your Dash" article, and I'll post January's list below.This is your project, and you get to make the rules. The stories you tell will be random, pulled from many different periods of your life. This is just a collection of stories, not your comprehensive life story. You don't have to answer each question with a paragraph-style response.But the project has the potential to make you a better writer, get you in the habit of exploring your past, and even put you in the mindset to write your comprehensive life story. Some questions might be better answered with a bulleted list.Read over all the questions at the beginning of the month, and read them again at the beginning of each week.