I bought a treadmill.
Set it up in the garage.
Rarely used it.
Then I bought five heavy-duty steel shelving units.
Set them up in the garage
Filled them with books.
I am on that treadmill all the damn time now.
Lost 100 lbs in the last year.
I think you are cool if…
…you think “B.J.” stands for something you carry around inside a notebook.
The brilliant Kevin Thorn describes how to take notes with doodles. Kevin has a lot more artistic talent than I do, but if you (like my wife) are a more visual person, Kevin’s approach – ideally suited to Moleskines – might be your refuge from pages full of jumbled letters.
Another interesting approach to journaling is Agenda Journaling, which to me is a hybrid between bullet journaling and scrapbooking. Hope Wallace Karney teaches an e-course on how to do this (those are her illustrations above, BTW.)
For those of you who think this is a “girlie” approach to journaling, hold off. I would not consider myself a scrapbooker, but I can see myself moving more in this direction in a couple of years when I shift a lifestyle that is somewhat less timesheet-driven (hint – see the countdown calendar on the sidebar of this blog.) I still catch ephemeris in my bullet journal, but not quite to this extent.
Inspiring. It helps makes the journals a lot more fun than just lists of actions and activities.
Out my virtual window today as I work: the Amtrak station at Ashland, VA, perched alongside the twin-tracked east-coast mainline between Washington, D.C., and Richmond.
There is always a healthy blend of Amtrak long-distance and commuter trains, mixed with a regular cadence of CSX freight trains. The scene is peppered by a local cast of characters staying at the Henry Clay Inn behind the station, munching croissant sandwiches at Homemade by Suzanne, or grabbing caffeinated sustenance at Ashland Coffee and Tea.
There is a regular parade of students from Randolph-Macon College seeking study help from the Sugar Fix bakery or the more mature fare at the Iron Horse Grill and the Caboose Market & Cafe, and one very fit retired fellow who rides a girl’s bike up and down Railroad Avenue for hours on end.
All in all, a pleasant place to work virtually. I’m looking forward to a day when I can do so in person.
I still prefer my iPad mini as a Kindle reader, but this little thing goes where I have to travel light and use little power. Like campouts. Which is why I bought it.
That said, I’ve found another advantage: minimum-distraction reading. I power through more reading on this, as with my iPad I am constantly taking detours into maps, Wikipedia, etc. With the Paperwhite, it’s all about the text, and I zoom through.
Last Saturday, reading intermittently as I followed my wife around Westfield UTC, I shot through a full fifth of Max Hasting’s superb Armageddon: The Battle for Germany 1944-1945. Next up: a book on Agile project management, then about a dozen articles and essays. That should cover me through the weekend.
Now that I’ve hit goal weight, the nutrition program diversifies a bit and good carbs come op, but protein is still my focus macro. 32g for 358 kcal in this delightful thrice-weekly fast-breaker.