I’ve not had anything pressing to do this evening, so I’ve been looking around for the best way to keep track of my tasks and appointments. I think I’ve figured out something worth trying.
I like the Bullet Journal idea of keeping everything together on one page. But I love the GTD way of dividing Next Actions by context. So I decided to try this with a Moleskine Cahier:
I’m planning to put this Cahier into my fauxdori when it shows up. Date at the top, then appointments (normally not more than 2-3 a day), then to-do items by context, then notes at the bottom and continuing onto the following page(s) as needed. I will continue to use a weekly printed calendar to give an at-a-glance for appointments and events, but I want to start doing this daily page every night before bed.
As I’ve mentioned before, I use a Pilot Coleto multi-pen for my planner. It’s become an integral part of my system, regardless of how I format my days or weeks. I have a 3-color one and a 4-color one. The 4-color is the one kept in the pen loop.
Purple: On the calendar, it’s my appointments. On the to-do lists, that’s “if I have time” actions.
Pink: Calendar is the Valkyrie’s appointments. To-do list is “urgent” actions.
Light blue: Calendar is the Naiad’s appointments. To-do list is the “not urgent but do it today” actions.
Blue-black: for labels and notes.
The 3-color Coleto lives in my pen case, and is used just for marking the weekly calendar. It doesn’t get used daily like the 4-color does.
Green: finance related (like the date a bill is due).
Brown: school dates (no reason, I just like brown).
Red: really important dates. (I think; I haven’t actually used it for that yet. I may swap it for a pencil insert.)
If I had to pick up a different pen for every color, I’d never color-code anything. But the Coletos makes it easy. I love them.
So my fauxdori will have the Not-a-Bullet cahier, a Midori weekly calendar, and something to journal in. Haven’t decided what yet…