Any old excuse, but I am now using a different journal for my bullet journal… ahem.
Planning and journaling
Music and journaling
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A Compilation of Sundries is a quick weekly review of what I have been doing. Partly for me and partly for the blog, and therefore, you. The weather hasn’t been great. It rained a lot. It was grey a lot. I don’t like the grey. I don’t mind the rain, just not the grey.
I moved my BuJo into a Bullet Journal Leuchtturm1917. I mentioned some dissatisfaction with using my Midori as my Bullet Journal and made the leap. Part of what pLAnarchy is about is changing your planner system if it isn’t working, however much time and effort you have put into the one you are using. I’ll have more about this in future posts. And pLAnarchy has some new stuff on the way…
I had a little Freelance work. I finished that this week. It is always good to do something a little different. It helps to be directed in what to write. And, of course, a little income is also greatly appreciated.
Sometimes the sun came out. When it did. Things got a little steampunk.
I began working through The Artist’s Way Workbook by Julia Cameron. I was looking for something a little different to try this Lent (I am always looking to deepen my spirituality, and Lent always prompts me) and I like the way Julia Cameron links creativity with spirituality, or as a spiritual exercise.
Book three of the Ian Cormac series, and the 5th, chronologically, of the Polity series, if I have worked it out correctly. I love a good action, space opera that I can get my teeth into. Mr Asher is one of the best authors around at building worlds and creating a believable future.
Ok – you need to read that very slowly like someone is saying OK, but they are not really. Patriot is borderline pretentious. It is sometimes achingly slow. It is convoluted. It is over-simplistic. The characters are all caricatures. The characters are all believable. I think Patriot could be genius. See what you think.
I didn’t get to write 14 songs in 28 days. I managed about 10 or 11. I did enjoy it though and I still intend to finish the tracks I have.
That’s about it for this Compilation of Sundries
The very thing I like about the Midori could be its downfall in my journal set-up. The narrow size of the Traveller’s Notebook makes it unique and, for me, attractive to use. The ability to swap inserts is an additional feature, but not its primary lure for me.
The narrow notebooks are very neat but I am beginning to think I need a little more width. At times I want to write more. We’re not talking essay ‘more’ but a little extra would come in handy. And this is leading me to a new and troublesome thought…
What? No Darren! I thought you were happy. The Midori Darren relationship seemed strong and stable. Even the elastic bands haven’t been breaking and annoying you.
I know, that’s all true, but I need more from my primary journal and planner. I am seriously thinking of moving up to an A5 size and that will mean a Leuchtturm1917. It is probably time for a change… It has almost been two months – who said I am fickle.
So, Mr Andy Gray of onegraydot suggested in passing (on twitter actually) about having tabs in a bullet journal. I ponder this very thing in this week’s journal video among other things, like Lent, the new moon and … well, you can see for yourself.
I have the journals out, so it must be a get my butt into action type day. I have a lot of those days. The days when I really should be getting on with things. Far too often I let them slip. I’ll get distracted or, more likely, simply drift and meander my way through the hours the universe has given me.
Not today, today I do. To make sure I know what I do, I have my journals and notebooks. All my actions are listed. Notes have been taken, expanded and drafted. Calendars have been checked and reviewed, and deadlines set.
I wonder why there are so many days when I drift? There is probably some deep, dark procrastination issue that I need therapy to overcome. Because when I do plan and list and prepare, I end up finishing things. I finish things on time, I achieve my goals, I get ahead of the curve.
The simple act of journaling, in whatever form I am currently exploring, helps me. It clears my head and enables me to see where I need to go and how I can get there. Journaling is a map in words, or lists, or bullets.
I journal, therefore I do.