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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