In my sleep-deprived days with newborn babies, I knew that I needed to find tools that would help me record my memories so that once I was adjusted to everyday life again, I would have an easier time putting their albums together.
Some tips and tools that I found helpful:
The power of pen and paper
As much as I love using technology, I’m still pretty old fashioned. I write down my ideas on a notebook. It’s how I sort through ideas and can reference again and again. For me, it’s a lot easier to flip the page than to scroll through notes.
Some ways to track your thoughts:
- Post-it Notes
- Journal (Keep it small enough that you can keep it in your diaper bag or purse)
- Calendar or Planner (jot your memories down on the date)
- Dry erase board
Take advantage of technology
I think it’s safe to say that most of us have our phones near or on our persons at all times. There wouldn’t be articles like, How to Unplug and Live in the Present Moment, if it wasn’t true! Set alarms, schedule your calendar, and use apps to help you record things.
Some apps to consider (download one or all of them and see which one works best for you):
- HeyDay (I love how this app sorts the photos and how it has the location set-up for organizing my photos)
- Collect (Great for adding journaling to your photos)
- Day One (I love the diary format)
- Project Life app by Becky Higgins (I have no experience with this, as it just released, but I am considering it for other projects now.)
Bottom line: Do what works for you.
(This post is from my 31 days to a baby album series. For more information, head over here.)