I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

My Moleskine

Recent­ly around the inter­net, well real­ly the blogs I read, I have been see­ing a lot of peo­ple talk about these lit­tle sketchbooks/notepads, what­ev­er you want to call them. It’s kind of inspired me a lit­tle bit.
In Sep­tem­ber I will be enter­ing into the final year of my degree and it’s kind of trig­gered a bit of a let’s look at myself moment. It was kind of trig­gered by my results for the last semes­ter, which had dropped off from the first semes­ter. Basi­cal­ly, it has made me con­sid­er my rou­tines, habits, sleep­ing pat­terns that kind of thing, its all a bit of a self anala­sis and a what can I change to make things better.
You’re prob­a­bly won­der­ing what this has to do with a Mole­sk­ine at the moment? Well one of the things I realised was that I don’t seem to be very organ­ised. This can be applied to many dif­fer­ent aspects of my life and is rather a strange one con­sid­er­ing how much I like things to look and feel bal­anced, you would think I was a very organ­ised per­son. So enter the Mole­sk­ine. There’s also anoth­er aspect that has come to the fore of my mind. As a cre­ative I have always been encour­aged to have a sketch book with me at all times. When I was younger I used to draw a lot, but as I have got­ten old­er and dis­cov­ered com­put­ers etc this has been way laid a lit­tle. So, once again, enter the Mole­sk­ine.

The Plan

In sim­ple terms my plan is to always car­ry this lit­tle book around with me.
In slight­ly longer terms my plan is to use this book for every­thing. To write to-do lists in it, to jot down lit­tle bits of infor­ma­tion I might need in it, to when I have an idea sketch it out in it, for when I’m sat wait­ing to sketch some­thing in it, basi­cal­ly for it to con­tain as much as it pos­si­bly can. It is to func­tion as, well, a resource I sup­pose. A resource for the jobs I need to do that day, a resource for what I have got on the week, for lit­tle bits of cre­ativ­i­ty, for pret­ty much every­thing really.
Now I don’t think that this can func­tion on its own, while it will serve to keep me a bit more organ­ised, using it in this man­ner may make it a lit­tle hard to track bits and bobs down, so the idea is to use it in part­ner­ship with oth­er items.

In Partnership With…

iCal. The cal­en­dar pack­aged with OS X. It’s easy to use and inte­grates with every­thing else on my Mac. The idea is to trans­fer events and appoint­ments from the Mole­sk­ine and process them as I do it.
My Uni Sketch Book. To han­dle the ideas for my work which I get whilst out and about but quite often for­get unless I talk to who­ev­er I’m with about it.
My Bible. I intend to use the Mole­sk­ine for every­thing, includ­ing a few notes at Church and CU and as a way of remem­ber­ing peo­ple to pray for.
So there it is, thats what I intend to use it for. by start­ing now, before i go back to Uni I hope for it to become a bit of a habit that will car­ry on to become sec­ond nature. Now I just have to tack­le the whole sleep­ing pat­tern and oth­er such issues when I am at Uni.

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