I don't write things out before recording mostly because I don't feel good and can't muster the energy for it. My recordings generally focus on central themes like happy wishes on holidays and birthdays, advice about dating and finances, and individual messages to my closest family members about how much I love and appreciate them. I try to create them right after waking up and getting dressed since that's when I feel my best. I think that helps.
How are your messages coming along, Sara? I can see how beneficial it would be to create a bullet point list of information to cover beforehand. The service provided by Ohio Hospice is versatile, you could create your messages in text instead of video. That might make it easier to cover topics that make you sad. I considered creating HeartPrints & American Pride that were a mixture of recordings and text, but I'm just not up to it. It's easier for me to talk than to write. I'm glad we have many options to leave our legacy.