Rants about my Boring, Disorganized Life... and my addiction to Stationery and Fiber!
Monday, April 11, 2016
Loathing Habit Trackers
So, the verdict is that I think I’m going to abandon the monthly tracker and go back to a weekly tracker in May. That way if something is relevant I can start tracking it immediately, and the same if I want to let something go. I’ll give it a test run on my next weekly spread, since I have this week laid out already. I split my spread into 8 equal boxes and one has a To-Do list in it for the week. The tracker data will go there next week. I decided to do an un-Bullet Journal thing and pre-plan space for the week because I found that I was fitting just over a week on the 2 page spread anyway, rarely taking more than 1/4 of a page for any given day. So breaking the pages down into spaces this size seemed to make sense. Not much waste and I can put things onto my to-do list for each day this week as I think of them, instead of hoping that I remember when the day is here.
I’ve been doing a lot of brain dump writing. And a lot of lyrics that I’m copying into the book. I really like writing out song lyrics. It’s something I’ve enjoyed since I was in high school, long before sites where you can just look them up. Something about writing them out by hand makes me absorb the lyrics and their meaning more than just reading them. I was relegating them to a Clariefontaine french ruled spiral, but since my Master Notebook has plenty of room and I’m not thrilled with how the binding is holding up, I want to get it filled so that I can move onto another notebook. I love the size of the Master notebook as far as being able to fit a lot on each page, but it is requiring me to carry a backpack in order to tote it with me. I’m unsure if my next notebook will be a Master Slim or a medium A5 notebook. Obviously the pages are considerably smaller in the Medium, so I would probably need to go back to filling daily pages as I go instead of making a weekly spread. But I could fit it in my purse. Of course, carrying a backpack also allows me to bring my huge pen case. I’ve got a couple months at least before I fill this notebook and need to worry about what I’m going to use next. I’m trying hard not to change to a different notebook until this one is filled.
Speaking of changing notebooks and what we put in them, I saw how Kara @ Boho Berry does her repurposing of notebooks. This is something that has long been a problem for me. I start a notebook for some purpose and then 3-15 pages in, I abandon the project and the notebook sits until it’s eventually thrown out. I can’t tell you how many notebooks and journals went into the dumpster when I cleaned out my old house. Some blank soft cover Moleskines I had only drawn designs on the covers of, not even put anything in them. Well, since I’m investing in more expensive notebooks now, I’m trying not to do that going forward. It also helps when the notebooks aren’t your private thoughts. In the past, they were mainly diaries or stories I was trying to write and that would have been embarrassing for someone else to stumble upon. But I think I’m going to employ Kara’s strategy and just use washi tape along the unbound edge of the next blank page and change the subject matter of the notebook. I started my turquoise Leuchtturm medium A5 notebook for notes on an online class I am taking, but it seems unlikely that I will need a whole notebook for that. I suppose I could do a test in my turquoise A5 before I buy my next notebook to see if I can make that size work for my do-it-all notebook.