My Pens & Pencils

January 21, 2012 § 3 Comments

The Problem:
I could never find the right pen or pencil…

Not a complete mess but half a mess.

The solution…. Pen folders:


Rolled out.

Sorted and organized.

(Click for larger view)


Checklist Memo Pad & Memo Post-its

January 6, 2012 § 1 Comment

One of my best buys last year: A checklist memo pad from Muji. I write to-do lists all the time, and scatter the notes and lists everwhere.  Last year I wrote most of my checklists in my diary/planner (to avoid the scattered to-do lists), but the pages would look so messy, and after a while I’d retort to writing lists on separate notes again, but on post-its this time so I could move the lists from day-to-day in case I didn’t check that item on that particular day.

So far, this memo pad system has worked really well for me. I use the checklist pad for smaller tasks that could easily be checked off during one day, and then throwing away that list at the end of the day, making a “fresh” one when planning the next day. I use the diary/planner for keeping track of activities or tasks that are dependent on time, like meetings, appointments, trips, deadlines or scheduled activities. And keep the checklists with day-to-day tasks inside the diary/planner. I also have a separate journal where I keep track of larger and more time consuming projects, the Action Journal (which I will write about in another post).

Moleskine 2012 Monthly Planner

January 4, 2012 § 1 Comment

Each month is shown on a two page spread. Between each month there are two ruled pages for notes. At the end of the planner there are another 51 ruled pages for notes. Both a notebook and a planner! Along with the planner comes mini stickers with symbols and words, to use to mark important dates or deadlines.

I’m using the monthly planner to get an overview of what’s going on each month, and for more detailed information for each day I use my daily diary/planner. My plan is to bring this planner when I’m going on trips or travelling, because it will be easier to bring along than the daily planner. The monthly planner takes up less space and is considerably less heavy to carry around.

Personalizing the planner with a make-over :)

Idea Filing System

October 2, 2011 § 1 Comment

From now on, I keep my ideas organized by filing them into a ring binder. I tried out the idea of the idea box for a while, by placing all of my yet unprocessed, not categorized ideas in a box, for later reference.

Since I hadn’t done anything about any of the ideas in the idea box, I thought I’d go through the ideas and file them in a binder instead. As I started this, I thought, why not organize all my unfinished projects and ideas in the binder? Some of these ongoing projects are already organized in a filing system, but I also have notes, like the ones collected in the idea box, and numerous notebooks from a couple of years back. So I decided to file all the ideas that were in the notebooks as well, by cutting out the pages and sorting them and placing those in the binder, too.

I created four tabs, or categories (see picture above). The first one (green tab) is for new and old ideas that I plan to make something of some day. For each project and each idea in this category, I typed out a paper with the title of the project and a brief description. And added the title to an index in the beginning of the binder, for quick reference.  The second tab (yellow) is for ongoing projects that I’ve had time to develop and maybe worked with for a while. That is, ideas that are a bit more complex and can’t be given a brief description. Under this tab, I inserted another tab index from A-Z (see below). Everything related to that project, from loose notes, index cards, post-it notes and pages I cut out from the idea notebooks, is sorted and filed under the project they belong to (for instance, everything related to “Forests” is placed under that tab, and everything related to this blog is under the “Meaxylon” tab. And so on.)

Sometimes I have more material related to the projects: sketches, photographs, drawings, print-outs… These things are stored in the folders of my filing system:


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.

Black tab index for manuscript

September 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

The storyline will be segmented into scenes. Fragments of scenes will be written on separate index cards. The scenes of the story will be assigned to numerically marked index tabs.

Getting Things Done

September 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

At the moment, I’m organizing my art projects with GTD. I’m trying online GTD services, and have narrowed the selection down to Nirvana and Todoist.

I love the nice-looking and user-friendly interface of Nirvana, but I also like the stripped down, simplistic lo-fi feeling of Todoist. I would like the possibility of hierarchies in projects, to split projects into subcategories, not just tasks. I also would like to able to make simple lists, as with Listography.

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