Simple. I decided NOT to be behind - it's all in the definition and perspective. Project Life can be anything you want it or need it to be. This year's album won't start on January 1st. Instead, it starts on Monday, February 14th. I have the best records of this year beginning on that date. Works for me.
What about the first month and a half of the year? Those photos and stories will be scrapbooked. I have over a dozen page ideas sketched out and journaling jotted down in a notebook, complete with dates, titles and descriptions of the photos to use, ready to go when I make the time to sit and create.
How I am approaching this year is different as well. Last year, I attempted to do a photo a day and then label each photo during editing with the day of the week and date. Exhausting, time consuming and not realistic for being a first time mom. I have January through May finished in that format and the rest, well, I'll figure it out. This year I have a plan:
1) Journal everyday: I picked up a 4x6 weekly pocket planner in the clearance section at Target for $1. It's small, light and travels with me wherever I go - switched from diaper bag to work bag to purse depending on what my day looks like. I jot a few things about each day in the calendar. Sometimes it's just the mundane schedule, other times it includes an anecdote. The important thing is that I am writing down little memory cues for myself so that, later, I sit down and expand on the information on the PL journaling cards. Relying on my memory alone is a set-up for failure a la Mommy Brain. This works better.
-----> Are you doing PL 2011? How it is going and what is working for you?