In ZenJo’s Day-At-A-Time Work Area (DAATWA), where the day’s notes, events, and Most Important Tasks (MITs) are annotated and recorded, each day can be separated by a header of your choosing.
For me, and I’m guessing for a lot of other art-challenged productivity practitioners and Zen-Journalers, I opt for a simple layout in text and lines (pretty boring in comparison to Erin’s) that serves to act as a header separating each day’s entries.
My header elements
- The Date – this is obvious, the month is on top and the day on the bottom, like I said, pretty obvious stuff
- The Day of the Week – I use my ZenJo every-single-day, so I label the day of the week as well, again in the numerator position
- Life Day Number – the nice folks over at TimeandDate.com have a calculator that determines the duration between two dates; simply plug in your birthday and the current date and it kicks out how many days you’ve been on this lovely orb. I prefer documenting each day in this manner because it reminds me that my life is finite; to take nothing for granted, and to live this current day as if it were my last. (And you thought this was just a header…) 😯
- Line Separator – it serves to create a boundary between entries
- MITs – I try to list no more than three MITs each day; listing more might feel ambitious but it often leads to more incomplete tasks and more task migration to the following day; it can lead to task traffic jams, a.k.a., task stacking.
Make it your own
In whatever way you decide to introduce a header in your DAATWA—whether it’s via colorful artwork or a formatted text-based header—I think it’s a good idea to make it personal in some way.
I personalized mine with my Life Day Number and sometimes, like on my birthday, a holiday, or some other special day, I insert a short title in the middle of the Line Separator as I did recently on Thanksgiving Day.
Personalizing your header makes you feel more at home in it the pages of your ZenJo. It invites you to participate in planning your day.
It also serves as a regularly appearing and formatted element that imparts a designed feel to the pages of your Zen Journal.