Dear Future Me

Have you ever tried keeping a personal diary? Something you’d write in every night? Something where you can be open with yourself, where you can pour your soul in, where you can talk about your inmost thoughts — as screwed up as they may be — without anyone judging you?

The concept of diaries has existed since antiquity, and there are many benefits to keeping one — it helps reduce stress, it boosts your self confidence, and it gets your creative juices flowing, among others. But the problem most people have with keeping one is that it’s a huge commitment.

Let’s face it — we all have “off” days. Sitting down every night to write about how exciting the meeting you had today at your 8–5, corporate job isn’t something many would enjoy. It becomes redundant, boring, repetitive. It’s no wonder most people can’t keep one for long.

But there are many things in life worth remembering. Your high school graduation, how stressed out your were in your first job interview, the day you got married, the day your first son was born, the time you lost a loved one… These memories get lost over the years with a million others.

And that’s just sad.

When the idea of Life Calendar came to me about a year ago, all I wanted to do was create something that would help me solve that problem. I always struggled with keeping one as a part of my daily routine. And then, one day, I read a blog post online titled “your life in weeks” that changed my perspective. Did you know that even if you live to be 90, you only live for like 4690 weeks? And you sleep for about 1400 of them!

But then I got an idea: Instead of keeping a daily diary, I decided I’d keep a weekly one.

“One note every week” made perfect sense. We all get a fresh start every week. A week was a relatively short, self contained period of time. And sitting down to write only once a week was an easy to build habit. It barely took any time, and in that one note, I would write about the most exciting or important thing I had in that week, and that was it.

In one year, I would have about 50 notes. In ten, I would have 500.

And each of these notes would be like a snapshot of my life at that point. And 10 years from now, I get to view those 10 years of my life just like that — a group of snapshots, side by side, in a small notebook. Almost like a picture book.

One note every week

With that, I whipped out a small Android application that did just that, and pushed it to the Play Store. I didn’t tell anyone about it, and for a long time, I was the only user of the app. I kept thinking to myself that I should add a couple of features, or make some fixes, but I never got around to doing anything.

A while after that, however, I noticed that there have been some occasional downloads, and I received a bunch of 5 star reviews with some very good feedback. It seemed like people really liked the idea. Shortly after that, I pulled the application off the store, and decided to make it something I could be proud of.

I slowly began working on expanding the application, and added some features like Life Snapshots, Life Notebooks, and The Birthday Box, and along the way, I received a ton of great feedback from friends and online communities like Slack and Reddit.

And now, after about 6 months of solid work, Life Calendar has finally become something I can share with the world.

Your life in years and weeks

Life Calendar is not something you pick up and play with for a couple of days before moving on to the next app. Life Calendar is a commitment. It’s something you’ll have to use for at least a couple of years before you get any good value off of it.

But it’s (hopefully) something that will make a difference in your life.

Life Calendar is now available for download on Android and iOS. Subscribe to the newsletter to receive occasional emails and updates. Let me know what you think of it on Twitter, and feel free to contact me with any questions you have.