Nifty Pocket Page Bookmark for my Moleskine Diary

January 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

This is a follow up to the post More on Project Planning (Creating Structure to this Year, part 2) and offers an improvement to the system for keeping track of long term projects day-to-day.

Moleskine Cahier Journal back pocket

My first step was to cut off the back pocket from the cover of one of my notebooks that had been used up.

Detached pocket with to-do lists

The detached pocket can be placed inside the planner, much like a bookmark, and can be used for several purposes:
• I place to-do post its there, where I write down important highlights, from ongoing long term projects, so that they are constantly visible and keeping me on track with the “plan”.
• I keep notes, index cards, clippings, to-do lists for later, etc, inside the pocket.
• The pocket can be moved from page to page, so I can to move all notes and post-its in one move. (A problem I had before with post-its was that I very often left behind post-its when I turned page, and after a while ended up with a heap of post-its with unprocessed ideas and unattended tasks.


Since I used another Moleskine journal for the moveable pocket page, it fits right into the planner. It also functions as a bookmark.


Moleskine Japanese Album

January 16, 2012 § 2 Comments

A Moleskine Japanese Album. Sometimes this type of album is called an accordion album.

It has zig zag folded pages:

And as you can see, the pages are blank. Still no idea on what to draw in the album.

While I am figuring that out, one could always search the internet for some inspirational or beautiful examples of how others have used their accordion albums. Here are some I found, and liked:

Gail Behrmann Detail from Beyond the River and Into the Trees Book I, 2003 - 2009

by MariPili and Alicia Asuncion. Photo from Patricia Moreno's blog

by Samantha Zaza. Photo from Flickr.

More on Project Planning (Creating Structure to this Year, part 2)

January 16, 2012 § 3 Comments

This is a follow up to the Creating Some Structure to this Year… post.

Project planning: At the start of the planner i keep track of my projects with a Project Overview (see above). I am recording the progress as the projects go along so I can actually see how much attention I give to a certain project. So that I can shift focus if I see that a long term project is suffering because I am only giving attention to short term projects. A problem that might arise, for me, is that I might not look at the Project Overview as often as I need to (in order to be reminded often enough of where my focus should be), because it’s placed at the start of the book which means that I wont see it when I’m looking at the day-to-day pages to do the tasks I’ve written for each day. I seem to need constant visual reminders… So I used one of my memo post-its and made a Project Checklist (pictured in the photo below), and used the same colours  for each project on the Project Checklist as I use in the Project Overview. That way, I am reminded that I have multiple projects going on and that I should prioritize. And because it’s a post-it note, I can just move it over to the next page when I turn pages as the days go by.

Yesterday I found some advice/resarch on how to achieve your goals on this blog. Worth a read.

Creating Some Structure to this Year…

January 14, 2012 § 3 Comments

Making some changes to my Moleskine Pac-Man daily diary/planner.

I am creating structure to my days by dividing each day into time blocks. Alongside a to-do list for tasks that could be done any time of the day:

At the start of the planner there are monthly overviews. I am using them for keeping an overview on how art projects are progressing. Deadlines, time left, parallel projects, assignments… I am also making notes of when I get some work done on a particular project.

Below is my Moleskine monthly planner. While I use the the overviews in the daily diary (see above) to keep track of projects and progress, I use these overviews to keep track of all “events” that can be tied to a certain day, like deadlines, appointments, meetings, and other important dates.

Idea Box

January 28, 2011 § 1 Comment

I get a lot of ideas for, for example, drawings or projects that seem fun to do, and then I write them down and never have the time to actually do them. I only have time for a couple of projects at a time, so up until now, these notes have been scattered around everywhere around my home, as constant reminders of things I want to do, or should to. And they keep piling up. Now, I’ve started to put them in a box designated for “unprocessed” ideas, separate from where I keep my more structured ideas and ongoing projects.

Using index cards for text editing

January 16, 2011 § 1 Comment

I’m going to make a book.

So far, this is what I’ve done (and how):

1. I assembled texts I had written on this topic, and I selected parts from my texts that I thought would work for my book. It’s going to be a rather short book. I tried to choose sentences that were to-the-point, and parts of the texts that shared common themes.

2. I wrote down these sentences and short passages, rephrasing and splitting up paragraphs where I felt necessary, on separate index cards. Some cards had only one sentence, others had 3 or 4 sentences. Then I rearranged the cards, so that the connections between the themes became as clear as possible. I had made a diagram of the relations between the texts, which showed that the connections weren’t exactly linear (see the top index card in the middle picture below). So there was some shuffling/sorting/reordering that had to be done before I was happy with the outcome.

3. I made a layout for the pages of the book, based on the order of the index cards. (Btw, that last image – yes, that is how awful my 1st sketches look.)

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Outlining with Index Cards

September 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

Each chapter is summarized on separate index cards. Each synopsis card will be attached at the front of a tab index, and all scenes related to that chapter will be placed under that tab. If I need to add a chapter I’ll just have to insert an additional tab index between two chapters. It should also be easy to shuffle the indexes around, if I chapters/scenes need to switch places. I’m also creating index cards for particular places, for instance, “the hide-out”, “the jeweller’s”, with descriptions and ‘facts’ about these locations for quick reference.

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