Hello Little Red Notebook
I am the Queen of the Post-It Note. I have a secretary desk; the front folds down to form a work space and then folds back up when I’m done to put my books and such out of mind. The inside of the desk — the part that folds up and disappears — is completely covered in post-it notes. There are usually one or two on the front of the iPad case. Those are usually daily to-do lists. And a few scattered by my bedside table. There are currently two stuck to the carpet next to my bed. They’re really important, and I don’t want to lose them. So I placed them on the carpet because that looked odd. Therefore, how could I lose them if the weirdness of having two post-it notes stuck to the carpet was always in plain sight?
Please don’t comment on how I need a better system than post-it notes on my bedroom floor.
I tend to get everything done — very little falls through the cracks — but I never feel on top of things. I spend all my energy trying not to forget things.
BlogHer had a post on bullet journaling yesterday, which I had never heard of before. I watched the short video to understand what it entailed.
Something about it spoke to me. Josh went out and got me a little red notebook. I tweaked his format a bit to fit my needs.
I started out with the index page and the two month pages as he stated in the video. But on the left-hand month page, I’m writing 1 – 10 words to define my day. Just capturing a moment or saying how the day went. Something I want to remember. That will always be written in retrospect. I’m using my actual calendar for events because I have too many to keep track of in a notebook, and things change all the time. On the right-hand page, I’m writing long-term to-do items. Such as on-going projects or things that I need to get to but not by a certain date.
THEN I added a page called “May Miscellaneous.” It’s all those tiny thoughts that end up on post-it notes. Like the name of a song in a commercial (“Original Don” by Major Lazer and the Party Squad — name that commercial!) or a funny name I made up and would like to call someone one day. All the small, random things that have no other place to go but that I don’t want to lose.
THEN I started the daily lists on the next page. I made a square box mean “task,” a dot mean “worry or thought,” a star mean “writing idea,” and an exclamation point with an acronym of the name of a current novel mean “a novel note.”
I put the May start and the May Miscellaneous page numbers in the index. I’ll start a new miscellaneous page every month.
I love my little red notebook. I’ve gotten rid of all the post-it notes, including the two that were stuck to the carpet. Everything I have to do is in one place, and that book is never out of arm’s reach. I can sweep up the novel notes and deposit them in my writing documents whenever I sit down to write. I can always look down at the book and scan the stars, looking for blog post topics. And I even have a record of random thoughts or worries; just so I can release them.
This thing is going to change my life. I think.