I Wrote Something Everyday For 5 Years… [One Line A Day Book – Review]

Just over 5 years ago, I was given one of the best presents I’ve ever received – a “One Line A Day” book – and it’s been my little companion through the most influential stages of my life. From finishing A levels, to starting university, to graduating and starting a new job, it has helped me track not only the vital stages of my life but the ages where I grew the most as a person and overcame the biggest challenges. And because of this, I want to share a mini review on how it works and what I’ve learnt from it.

How Does The “One Line A Day” Book Work?

As simple as it is, you really do just write one line everyday (or in my case, as many lines as can fit!). You can share whatever you like – a quote, something meaningful, what you did that day. For me personally, I wrote a brief description of everything I did that day as if it was a diary in shortened form.

The unique element of this journal is that each page has 5 text blocks for 5 years, so when you return to that page the following year, you can see what you wrote on that exact day the year before, and the year before that etc.

What I Love About The “One Line A Day” Book

It’s simple, easy to use, and most of all, it’s just really fascinating. We go about our lives everyday and often we forget about the simple things that happened, but sometimes they’re the most impactful of all.

Sometimes, I’d go to write in the journal for today, and I’d notice that a small event had recurred from the previous year, such as seeing the same friend on the exact same day the year before, or eating the same meal. Sure, it was a coincidence and didn’t particularly symbolise anything, but it’s funny how small things like this can line up.

It’s also such a great way of remembering past memories. Before writing the journal for that specific day, I’d really enjoy reading back on the previous years just to see what I was up to. And often it was very different – as I changed as a person, my habits naturally changed too. It was so interesting to see my progression as a person and how that reflected in the actions I took in my life.

How Did I Manage To Stick With It For 5 Years?

This is a question I often asked myself too, but I think when something becomes so meaningful to you, it naturally becomes a habit. I’d sit down for 5 minutes every evening to fill it in before bed, and it’s not any different than using that 5 minutes to scroll through your phone. Plus, I liked the challenge – once I start something, I try my ultimate best to follow through with it, and this felt like such a big but rewarding challenge. And I’m so glad I stuck with it – having 5 years packed into one tiny book feels so so special.

What Did I Learn From It?

The biggest, and perhaps really obvious, conclusion I drew from using the “One Line A Day Book” was that people change a LOT in 5 years. Even in 1 year. Even in a month, a week, a day. Reading back on past entries I’d written, I not only noticed the different events and situations I placed myself in, but the change in mindset too. A lot of my earlier entries were shorter and kind of negative too, but I felt like I had so many defining moments in the following couple years where I really morphed my mindset and my health into a much better place. Having this within the diary feels so important to me because that was a really important moment in my life, where I felt like I really became myself, accepted myself and learnt about the power of self-developing and seeing the world in a positive light.

I also learnt that, if I put my mind to it, I can do something that seems initially impossible. Writing something everyday for 5 years? Well, that would seem daunting to pretty much everybody, and at the start I wasn’t sure I could do it. But like anything, if you want to achieve something, you make time for it, you prioritise it, and you make it happen.

I think, more than anything, it’s also a huge reminder that everything is temporary. What I was doing, how I felt, the way I looked at the world and the people in it the year before, is so different to now. And it will be the same the next year, and the year after that, and the year after that too. As humans, we naturally progress. There is no stagnant waters. There is hope that you can become whatever you want to be in the future. It just hasn’t been written yet.

Have you tried the “One Line A Day” book or anything similar?

Or perhaps want to give it a try?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

11 thoughts on “I Wrote Something Everyday For 5 Years… [One Line A Day Book – Review]

  1. I have the exact same one you have aha. I got it as a birthday present 2 years ago and also like you have been writing every day. It’s so nice to know what I did exactly the previous years on that day and how I’ve been anxious about something last year, but now it’s alright! It’s also one of the best presents I’ve ever gotten – great post!

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    • That’s so cool! You’re right – it’s so great for reminding yourself of how far you’ve progressed. I’m glad you’ve found it just as meaningful ☺️ thanks so much for reading and hope you’re doing well!

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  2. You’re right, when something is meaningful it helps with it becoming a habit. I’m curious what was the meal that you found yourself eating again years later? Your concluding thoughts on your experience are gold, that “everything is temporary” and that there’s hope in becoming whatever one wants in the future. 💯

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  3. I’ve done those short snippets every now and again. It was fun to go back and see what I’ve done on the same day the year before. It showed me how some things never change and how others really do. It sounds like a good idea to have one book for 5 years. I checked it out online and it looks like plenty of space for each day.

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  4. Every day of life really is like an unwritten page isn’t it? Yet so often if we’re not paying attention and appreciating all the wonderful little things, we can act like every page is already written and pull ourselves back from accomplish the wonderful things we are capable of.

    Thank you for sharing this, and the encouragement to acknowledge and take notice of the little things. 😊

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    • That is a great way of describing it and I completely agree! If we write it ourselves, we can really appreciate each day for what it is and move forward in the direction we want for ourselves, rather than let life passively take us. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!

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