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Getting Back To It [Jan. 24th, 2011|02:01 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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I've failed to get back to my 15-minutes-per-day get-shit-done thing. I was in the hotel for Arisia (the science fiction & fantasy convention I attend every year in January) last weekend, through Sunday evening, & then I was pretty wiped Monday & Tuesday. Wednesday through today was mostly laziness. Developing new habits is hard!

But I did try something new this week. I mentioned a couple weeks ago that...

I need to switch off from using scraps of paper for my millions of "to do" lists and book titles and webcomic URLs and switch over to using something else... I'm not sure what that other thing will be.

I picked up a 3.5"x5.5" Moleskine Weekly calendar back in November for my 2011 calendar. It's bigger than the little pocket guys I've been using & I thought I might try writing more stuff in it. Each week is sectioned out on the left side of the book and the right side is lined notepaper.

On Friday I bought some 3"x5" Post-It notes & I'm writing my TO DO lists (that I was writing out on scraps of paper and stuffing into my pocket, resulting in stacks and STACKS of scraps of paper) on the stickies & sticking them to the page opposite the calendar (which is just lined paper). If I don't get it done this week, I can move it to the next week. If I get some stuff done & other stuff needs to be added, I can make a new sticky and move it around.

I'm not making the best use of their lined notes section, but it does mean the TO DO list is always in the same place & if it doesn't get done, I can just peel & re-stick, meaning I don't have to copy the damn thing over & over into the next week, and the next, which I would find really aggravating.

Also, I bought a 12-pack of the damned sticky notes to distribute all over the house, so I should always be able to find one to add things to remember to my notebook.

I haven't switched over writing down book titles, music desires, email addys, URLs, etc. to this thing yet. I still carry another, smaller notebook where I usually write that stuff. We'll see if I can consolidate without making myself nuts.

[User Picture]From: jbsegal
2011-01-24 04:09 am (UTC)
Does something like Levenger's Circa gear look like it might be useful?

I don't use it effectively, but I love it.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2011-01-25 01:38 am (UTC)
I had a small Circa notebook as my pocket notebook for a while & it got pretty beat up & pages fell out, because they'd get bent back & not be able to stay stiff enough to hold onto the ring-things.

The motto is "If it don't fit in my pocket, I probably won't use it." I carry a bag, but not always, so if I can't stuff it in my pocket, it won't get regular use.

This is why I started carrying the tiny pocket-sized calendars. Having a calendar always with me cut down on the number of things I missed or forgot. But now I need to cut down on all the OTHER things I miss or forget or scribble on one of twenty pieces of paper in my pocket which all go flying when I'm looking for the right one.

I do have a journal/notes notebook, where I write down whatever's on my mind when I have a free moment and where I also take notes at events and things. But I tend to only have that with me when I carry my bag, so it doesn't get book titles, musicians/albums, ideas, quotes, etc.
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[User Picture]From: lillibet
2011-01-24 11:52 am (UTC)
Congratulations on getting back to this project. It's hard to pick back up after a break.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2011-01-25 01:38 am (UTC)
Thanks! Danged hard!
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