|Why is it that I have nothing to write down on a planner page, yet I have too much to remember to do?|
|A sign of mental disorganization?|
|Notebook inserts, necessities, and a home-made Midori Traveler's Notebook style cover...sometimes it pays off to have leather lying around...|
I'm a list maker for certain - scraps of paper, sticky notes, backs of opened bill envelopes are all fair game. It doesn't matter if the list is keeping track of groceries, things to pack, gifts I need to make, or dolls that need clothes...a list is my go to method of mental organization. For appointments or other items that need doing on a certain day, I tend to take a few minutes to set up Google calendar reminders to send me an email in advance. As far as keeping track of creative projects, I supplement my lists with thumbnail sketches of what I want to remember. The problem is when I actually want to work on the list or project...how to locate the original thoughts in the jumble of loose paper scraps and partially used sketch books. Regular planners have always seemed confining - monthly squares too small, weekly/monthly space too large, and where do I make a list or sketch that is not date specific?. Blank books of paper present a different issue - too much freedom. I feel like listing in a blank book is not a good use of the paper, so tend to treat them only as a place to sketch or write a full page blog post outline.
|More tools for insert making, decorating, and organization.|
So here's the appeal of a Traveler's style notebook - I can buy single inserts that are blank or lined, grid or dots. There are a myriad of structured inserts too - from typical planners to lines in columns for listing or bullet journaling. With this, I can keep track of all my long term lists in one place, but also have a destination for temporary lists. For example - I tend to stop at the grocery store/Target/Costco on the way home from work several days a week. On those days, I make my list on a sticky note as I think of things during the work day. Now I will be able to stick this list into my list insert (washi anyone?), and don't have to worry about grabbing it at the end of the day (or loosing it in my car). Along with the home for lists, I can have segregated blank inserts for beads/dolls/sewing/blogging and other creative endeavors. I'm not going to get into decorating right now, but I will also not hide the fact I'm really excited to have a place to exhibit all of the small art and paper ephemera that I have accumulated.
|Collage fodder, washi tape and gel pens for decorating...I *might* need more washi already...|
All of this is very new to me. I hope to start implementing my ideas over the next couple of days and weeks and post my progress for you next time. Do you have a method for keeping track of your daily and creative tasks? How do you "externalize your memory"? (Seriously, that is my new favorite phrase.)