I wish I had the capacity to carry around a 9” x 12” sketchbook with me at all times, but some days I don’t feel like carrying around a tote bag or backpack. I draw in my Leuchtturm1917 gridded notebook on days I’m not willing to carry around additional weight. A while back, I did away with carrying both a planner and an A5 notebook, and just combined both by using Ryder Carroll’s bullet journal system. You can read more about his system on his website.
At its core, my bullet journal has helped me combine essentially two notebooks into one, through what Carroll calls the rapid-log system. Tasks and ideas are written in bullet form and differentiated through signifiers. I’m able to take notes and keep an organized, dated to-do list throughout the day. There’s no right or wrong way to use the system, although I’ve seen some beautiful spreads with calligraphy headlines and great color schemes. I tend to stick to the barebones structure Ryder Carroll originally developed because I only need it to prioritize tasks and quickly jot down ideas. The additional drawings and pasted-on paraphernalia really only exist either for future reference in my writing or as initial idea exploration. I prefer to flesh out ideas once I’m at home, with my big sketchbook.
I haven’t spent a lot of time at home lately, so I’ve been fooling around in this smaller Leuchtturm notebook. I’m hoping that these next few months I’m home I’ll be able to play around more in the 9” x 12” notebook. Sometimes more space means more freedom (and maybe bigger messes—heh).
How do you keep your ideas organized?