Log “A Day in the Life” To Pass Down to Loved Ones

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Article and photo by Rain San Martin

Historical events have made their mark on timelines. Yet nothing paints a true picture as our daily recorded activities.

You can base your day in the life entry by using your existing routines or schedule as an outline. The key difference is you are adding more details that uniquely occurred on that day.    It need not be an exhaustive account of your day. Include only key highlights.

Not only will your family appreciate the memory of how you lived, your record may be used as a historical reference. Then perhaps one day your story may be shared, as in the blog post: A Real 1950’s Daily Cleaning Routine.

How to Log Your Day

Have a good quality journal available. Though you could write a digital version of your day there is a slim chance it will survive for posterity purposes, it may not last unless it is printed and bound. Digital formats change with time. One alternative is to write your day in the life journal entry in digital format with an action plan for presenting the text in a printable format.  Start with the time of day you woke up. It’s similar to a morning routine yet will contain more informative details of the day. I will show you an example of the difference between the two:

Typical morning routine:

  • Wake 5 am.
  • Brush teeth, weight, dress.
  • Brew coffee (read articles for 20 minutes) Scrub one item in the bathroom, straighten.
  • Write blog for 20 minutes.
  • Exercise for 20 minutes. Make breakfast.

An example of a morning routine written in the “A Day in the Life” style.

  • Wake at 5 am to the sound of springtime birds. Put on black and white jagged skirts, stripped matching tights, and pirate-ship cameo necklace from Etsy.
  • Brew a strong cup of Sumatra from Fresh Thyme. Light candles on the mantle.  Relax for 20minutes while reading technology and industry news (via the Apple iPad Mini) on Forbes, Fortune, and The Verge.
  • Write blog post for 20 minutes using WordPress. Set timer.
  • Lift weights for 20 minutes as I watch a YouTube documentary series about Dead Malls by Dan Bell, as we are currently in the Retail Apocalypse!
  • Make breakfast to be ready by 9 am.

You can also include a recipe you routinely use.

Here’s my healthy and flavor-packed recipe for Corn Tortillas with Spinach,  Mushrooms, Garlic, and Bacon. And yes, this includes plenty of real natural fat, just as they used in the pioneer days! Serves one. Multiply ingredients by each guest for more servings.


  • 1 cup of frozen spinach
  • 1/3 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 slices of bacon (and reserved bacon grease for extra flavor)
  • 4 yellow corn tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons of canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons of butter

On a cast iron skillet cook 2 strips of bacon. Set aside when done and pour bacon grease over spinach in baking pan.

Lay out 4 sliced yellow corn tortillas on a cooking tray. Drizzle with canola oil and a touch of butter. Assemble the frozen spinach and mushrooms with olive oil and butter in a separate cooking dish. Cook both trays for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Add chopped fresh garlic to the veggie mix for the remaining 3 minutes.  Top the crisp tortillas with veggie mixture and bacon. Enjoy a healthful hardy breakfast, bursting with flavor.

Publish your journal entries for posterity!

You may even turn your writings into a book such as Henry David Thoreau did in with Walden.  The masterwork, which was published in 1854 logged his account of simple living out in the open woods. Noting the folly and trappings of mindless purchasing, his philosophy resonates with the people of today’s minimalist and simplicity movement.

Now go and log your day in the life!