journaling, john quincy adams, and minimalizing

John Quincy Adams Twitter

i’ve never kept a journal.  i’ve always wanted to because i think it sounds cool and smart.  unfortunately, my life has never been that exciting and i could never think of enough to write about.  perhaps, my search for a journaling philosophy that works for me has ended.  finally, a minimalist approach…

200 years ago, john quincy adams kept a journal during his travels to russia as a diplomat.  each of his daily entries fit on one line of paper and averaged between 110-120 characters (they are being referred to as twitteresque…). for example, the entry for august 7th reads like this, “Fog. No Observation. Spoke a fishing Schooner from Grand Bank, bound to Plymouth. Read Chantreau’s travels.”

you can read the entire story here: John Quincy Adams, Twitterer?

or you can celebrate the 200th anniversary of the diary by following the daily twitter feed: twitter: JQAdams_MHS

and here is today’s entry for my journal: Hot and Sunny. Business Lunch at Panera. Pizza with family for dinner. Continued reading Wiseman.

not bad for a first entry if you ask me… what would your daily entry look like for today?

Joshua Becker

About Joshua Becker

Writer. Inspiring others to live more by owning less.
Bestselling author of Simplify & Clutterfree with Kids.

Follow on TwitterLike on Facebook


  1. Alan says

    You might find interesting. It’s a very minimal journal/diary. Only allows five short items of the day. I can easily search for what I did on what day. And it helps me see that my life isn’t as pedestrian as I thought it once was.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *