The month is coming to a close and that means it's the perfect time to reflect upon and record what has happened in your life during April. It's so easy though that anybody can do this - just answer as many questions and prompts as you want to. That will help you document what has happened in the past 30 days.
Feel free to save this image for your own personal use. If you share it anywhere online, please link back to my blog here so others can find the original source. Here are the prompts in a written list if you want to copy and paste them into your own word document or blog post.
Here’s a written list of the Roundup Prompts:
- List what you read and/or learned in the past month.
- What fun things did you do with friends and/or family?
- What milestones occurred? Any holidays or celebrations? How about special events?
- What happened in the news and the world around you? What was the weather like?
- Talk about the everyday and routine bits of life in the past month.
- What tv shows did you watch? Did you go to any movies or live performances?
- What and where did you eat?
- What places did you visit? Did you travel or go anywhere out of the ordinary?
- What good stuff happened? What were the hard things? Anything unusual?
- Report on the progress you’ve made toward your goals or list any new goals you have set. What accomplishments did you make? What projects did you work on?
Remember, you don't have to answer ALL of these questions and prompts and you are free to add whatever else will help you get your month documented in a meaningful way. This is just meant to be a basic checklist to help you think about what you want to remember.
What's the best way to go about all of this? How do you remember what has happened in the past week, or thirty days, or even a year? Yes, you can apply the roundup technique to any period of time! Here are the tools that will help you Roundup Your Memories! I created this graphic to help you see this task list all in one place. It's a great one to pin to your Pinterest boards for a reminder!
Here's the list in written form if you prefer it that way:
How to Roundup Your Memories
• Gather all photos taken during the month and be sure they are uploaded to a labeled file with month and year in the name. That file can be on your computer, and external hard drive, or in the cloud. Try to be consistent with file naming and structure.
• Gather any papers, documents, awards, receipts, etc. that help you illustrate your month. Scan them or take photos. Include them with your monthly file.
• If others have taken photos during the month that you want to include in your memory keeping, be sure to ask them for copies. Include them with your monthly file. You can name them differently if you want to remember who they are from.
• Look through your social feeds like blogs, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. to find information you can use for journaling. Copy it all to one place (Word, Evernote, Email, etc.) if possible. Put a copy of that file in the same folder of the month that you have everything else saved.
• NOW back that monthly folder up to a few locations. Make sure at least one of them is offsite (Dropbox, Flickr, Google Drive, Evernote, etc.) Back up photos more often if possible.
Need a few more resources? Here are some helpful links:
- Some of my Roundup inspired scrapbook pages
- Using your digital presence to make memory keeping easier by Heddy at The Daily Digi
- How to organize the past
- How to capture and document the things people say written by me for The Daily Digi
- How I organize my digital photos
- Why I don't sync dropbox
Have fun roundup up your memories and documenting your month! I promise that it's worth taking a few minutes now to have those moments preserved for a lifetime!