Sorting out my Study [Notebooks]

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Being at home at my parents means that I am organising my parent’s stuff – however, it has also given me the opportunity to dig around my own room for some notebooks, diaries and albums from my childhood. Did the study today, here are some of my finds:

Wooden Cat Notebook bought in France in 1998. With a cat design on the front. Inside are sheets of squared paper and a pencil. I loved the style of this notebook but never found a true purpose for it – probably why the majority of pages remain unused today.

I made the cover of this one for my AS Level Art project. It was a Paul Gauguin themed book (inside I did various copies of his paintings). The cover itself is done using batik, using stock scenic imagery from his paintings. It is also very textured with different stitches, sequins, and beads, as well as being cushioned.

This is one of my favourite notebooks of all time – purely because Little Women is my favourite easy reading /feel good novel. The note book is full of little quotations, which make it an enjoyable read in its own right.

Of course anyone who reads regularly will know I’m a big fan of paper journals/diaries. Here is what has been found so far…

Now I got to decide what to do with these finds given that they are just stashed on shelves.
For the full collection check out my Flickr Set.

Keeping Track

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Life has gotten busier since leaving university and more complicated – simply because I don’t have the same rigid timetable. Unfortunately my page-a-week moleskine diary which was perfect for my studies is feeling the strain.

The solution: Purchasing a page a day desk diary (2009 ones are going cheap at the moment). I have chosen one that just says the date at the top, no times/schedule along the side – just a page for you to get creative.


Here is an example of a page:

I’ve split it into categories:

Jobs, to do list, plans for dinner, and blog.

(yes, little time & sunshine = pigging out)

Following a simple but rigid pattern to keep track of my to-dos and my job applications (will also note deadlines, when I should get a response by, and brief details of the job – there is a point where there are so many on the go it is just confusing).

In addition I’ve been noting my expenses, and notes on things I want to blog about etc (although I do a fair bit of the blog notes online).

My second example is slightly different – has the same overall structure, but I’ve allowed more free flowing thoughts:


Here I’ve had a lot more to-dos and of course packing to go on holiday – so the orange writing is my packing list.

I’ve found this idea really helps because recently I’ve been writing everything down on scraps of paper such as job application info and flat hunting info – I have so many pieces of paper with a phone number on it and no name – it was just getting ridiculous – this method allows me to pull everything together in one place with plenty of space.

I’m sure everyone has a diary method that works for them, so this is just a snap shot of my current method to share some ideas.

p.s. the interview went okay today, I hope I impressed. Should hear soon as the start date is pretty close.