I think you are cool if…

I think you are cool if…

…you think “B.J.” stands for something you carry around inside a notebook.

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Journaling for Doodlers

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.

Adding Jazz to the Journal – Agenda Journaling

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.

 

The Scouter’s New Friend

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.