Today is a bit of an odd one. An address book.
Who uses those anymore I hear you ask.
Well, I got it as a gift from my grandparents and thought I would add it to the blogging pile. The cover has a velvety feel (the black lines and magnetic closure are velvety) and personally I find the swirling patterns rather beautiful.
If it was an ordinary notebook I would be using it in a flash, without a second thought. Now I have to come up with a way to use an address book without using it as an address book…
Maybe password and logins? or a LinkedIn backup?
Last month I wrote about my monthly notebook for May the Leuchtturm 1917 Jottbook.
At the time of writing this was a fresh and new notebook, now it is almost full (and I am not even half way through the month yet). That is clearly a good sign.
If I like it, I use it.
I have found myself speed through the pages during a quiet moment. I have also taken the opportunity to carry out a quick ink test (although I fear my fountain pens seem to have gone walkies as people keep borrowing my pens).
As you can see very little bleeding – in fact the only bleed through is the permanent marker. My writing instrument of choice appears to be a mechanical pencil at the moment despite the pots (and pots) of pens I seem to have on my desk.
Don’t forget to check out this month’s carnival hosted at Rants of the Archer.
The to-do list notebook from Printed Portal is the latest addition in their organisational notebooks for professionals and the latest addition to my collection of work notebooks.
I have started working in a new department at work and I thought that this might be the most appropriate notebook for managing my task list. The work I do is very client based and there are several standard steps that are carried out in relation to each client (the emphasis is on getting it right for the client and not on deadlines and/or efficiency) therefore a client driven task list sounded perfect.
The style of this pocket-sized notebook (10.8 x 17.48 ) is in keeping with the rest of the professional range and is deep red in colour. Each of the 120 pages of the notebook is a list for a client and includes space for tasks or items, due date, draft and done. I use these pages by listing the client at the top and then having the list of tasks down the left hand column – this will include things like meetings, attendance notes, letters and documents. Where there is a due date I will fill this in but quite often I do not have a due date and I will put in the date I send something to the client instead.
The next two columns are labelled D and D (for draft and done). I tend to do a lot of drafts as well so I will use both of these columns as check boxes and tick them off. We usually have our own checklist procedure at work for checking draft documents so I usually tick the first column when it enters the checklist procedure, then a few days later when I get them back a second tick goes in the done column to show that the document has been finished and sent to the client.
The thing that is lacking in this notebook is how to sort information by client when you can’t reorder the pages. I came up with 3 possibilities:
- Enter the work into the notebook as you receive it – but then it is harder to find the client list when you need it again.
- Enter in all your clients at once and arrange them as you please – but as a trainee I do not have a set client list.
- Alphabetical Order
I have gone for alphabetical order. This I did myself by putting a tiny letter in the top right hand corner of each page (4x pages per letter with spare pages at the back). You can easily find the letter you need by using the top corner of the notebook like a flip book. Simple and easy.
So far the notebook has worked well and is keeping track of the work I am doing for each client. As always I will review again as time passes.
I am kicking off my return to blogging with a quick look at the Leuchtturm 1917 Jottbook an alternative to Moleskine. Leuchtturm is by no means new to the stationery world with over 90 years of experience but it is the first time I have ever purchased one of their notebooks. It was on offer (30% off) and was the last lavender one in store – so how could I resist. It is 90 x 150mm – so it is still bigger than my iphone (Part of me continues to want a notebook I can strap to my iphone but more on those ponderings another day).
Recently I have become more addicted to Squared Paper which seems to appeal to my scribblings more. So I was thrilled to find out that it came with squared paper. This will be my Monthly Notebook for May and I shall report in again at the end of the month.
- Squared Paper
- 60 Numbered Pages
- Blank Table of Contents
- 32 Perforated and detachable pages
- Thread bound notebook opens flat
- Stickers for labelling
- Ink Proof Paper
- Acid Free Paper
6 months have now passed and I have decided that it is time to return to blogging Full Force (or as full force as I can manage with my busy schedule). This means I will be attempting to bring all my blogs back at the same time:
I have been pleasantly surprised at how active they have been in my absence over the last 6 months. Now that I finally have a computer again I hope that there will be an increase once again in blog posts.
I am sure everyone has moments when they are like “argh, I don’t want to write” and feel slightly overwhelmed. I have been feeling like that at the moment. So much is going on with major changes at home, changes at work and lots of commitments taking up my time. I like to try and keep everyone happy. It is usually me to ends up not as happy.
Last week, or maybe the week before I was like – I am not blogging any more. That put me in a bad mood and since then I have not been relaxed enough to write anything. I am hoping that in a few weeks my life will be calmer and I will be able to relax and write again. However, looking at my schedule for the next three months…. I am not so sure.
Until calmer times…