Well, after a massive amount of staring at a computer screen, it seems the Leuchtturm1917 A5 dot-grid notebooks fit the bill for both SWMBO and myself.
A while ago I saw the Bullet Journal website. It seems to be a thing now.
Looked like a cool idea, though I wasn’t sure I’d like to carry a larger notebook around – which it seemed I would need in order to utilise it properly.
For a while I have used a Wellspring Flip Note little notepad thing. It works well for short term notes, it is small enough that I can jam it in my pocket with keys or wallet (I don’t put things in phone pocket due to my dislike of scratched/broken screens) and I always have it on me.
A larger notebook I won’t necessarily carry on my person or have immediately handy, so I would think I’ll still use this little notepad.
But I want to try the Bullet Journal type system for organising my life.
I saw a couple of posts on Google+ regarding Workflowy so I have been using that, both on PC and Android. It works, but due to my job I don’t always have access and using it on my phone is annoying sometimes.
I lose things. I dislike that I forget things due to them being nested out of view. Using my Wellspring Flipnote works better in that regard, but I can’t fit EVERYTHING in it.
Now I tend to just use Workflowy for storing links to things… I guess it’s my bookmark list now.
So, Bullet Journal has led me to do ridiculous research on notebooks. Initially squared grid style pages were what I sought. Searching on Google does bring a ridiculous amount of results for Moleskine. Which as SWMBO pointed out while watching the Bullet Journal Video (it’s what he uses apparently), shows ink from the page behind one you have turned it. Also it appears fountain pens bleed through. So I want better paper – I’m undecided if I’ll use a fountain pen though.
I also found out about dot grid pages. So basically there is a dot where the intersecting lines would be on a squared grid. Interesting, and I do like it. If you’re curious: dot grid images.
I found possibly some suitable notebooks with these pages, but the one I liked had perforated pages. I think that would annoy me, I won’t want to remove pages for what I’m doing and I would not want to inadvertently remove pages while being fat fingered. I’m not keen on purchasing a notebook just to see how easy it is to pull the pages out.
- interpunctedthirty: bullet journal rehashed <- Quite helpful, check the older posts too.
- Lifehacker: five-best-paper-notebooks
…I had to reboot and lost the pages I had open. Oops. Anyway, there’s a lot of stuff out there on various blogs regarding Bullet Journal. Lots of reading to do.
I only have a few basic criteria:
- Squared grid paper
- Decent quality paper
I showed SWMBO Whitelines range, and initially she thought it was a gimmick but now this is her main requirement:
- Not dark lines (SWMBO: Preferably white, in fact)
You know how I said I was never moving again? I lied. I have since moved twice, but this is the last time for quite a while, as we now own our own home instead of renting.
And which means SWMBO now has a zillion more jobs for me to do.
I dug part of the vege garden this morning. Exciting stuff.
I actually got further than the pic, this ia kind of a “before” pic, I’d just started.
I was so exhausted afterwards I forgot to do an “after” one.
I do like having a large backyard for the demi-humans though, even if it is tiered.
I thought this blog might be a nice way to organise my thoughts, rather than spreading myself over Facebook, Google+ and Instagram, and then cross-sharing between.
Recently I decided that Facebook is really not for me anymore, too many random people adding me, and not required as I was previously pushing my business through a page there – which I am basically closing down and have a wages job again. So I already decided to onyl share on G+.
However, if only sharing on Google+, then why wouldn’t I just make the post there to start with?
And so I most likely will not be posting here anymore… at best I think this helped me realise that I really did not want to post everything on facebook, however am happy with Google plus and it’s far more transparent privacy via Circles.
Find me here: http://goo.gl/VXdsL
Over and out.
I am never moving house again.
That is all.
I just went to one such event. A mate’s 30th. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a good mate and a really nice guy. It’s just that at events run by his family (it seems his parents have great influence in his and his brothers lives) about 60% are family, 30% his workmates, and 10% his friends. Myself, being one of his friends, would rather watch paint dry than converse with anyone there.
Maybe there were less family this time, they are possibly starting to drop off by now.
Another of his friends whom we went to school with turned up, so at least I had someone to talk to. Turns out he feels the same way about these functions.
We had a laugh about how we didn’t really need to catch up as it is all on Facebook anyway, and chuckled at the largish guy going back for a heaped third helping of supper.
Which I got in trouble for.
It seems it was my mate’s (who’s party it was) brother in law, and his wife berated me for laughing at her brother. I felt bad at the time, but you know what? I actually don’t now.
I can’t take the piss out of the fat dude with the mountain of food, yet it’s socially acceptable to ridicule smokers? hmmm…