I feel silly because I just realized that this little pocket is obviously for coins…
I thought today I would compare how I use my planner, Evernote, and Google Calendar since we’ve been discussing combining digital and analog methods on Google+. The picture below illustrates my ongoing battle of too many systems. I’ve accepted that I need more than one system, but my current goal is to define exactly how I use each one so they are more or less mutually exclusive. That way, I know precisely where to find the information I need.
I’m going to organize this post into three big categories:
Appointments, To-Dos, & Notes
TLDR (if you don’t want to read the whole thing)
- appointments + details
- known due dates for bills and school assignments as a reference
- simplified appointments under daily journal
- to-dos- master list, daily, and upcoming
- shopping list
- food log
- school & work notes
Here’s what Monday-Wednesday look like for the next two weeks in Google Calendar.
I like to put my schedule into Google calendar because it syncs across devices. Plus, I can easily set up my class schedule at the start of the term so there’s very little work involved. I can add events from Gmail in a couple clicks. Bills repeat automatically.
I usually go ahead and put in my school assignments at the beginning of the term because it’s nice to have here.
I have my CMNS 304W lecture today.
In my daily bullet journal entry, I have written in the class that I have today, but I didn’t bother to write in the time or any other details.
To-dos belong in my journal. I find having a single place for them is best. The one exception I make is my grocery shopping list.
I keep that in Evernote and I set up an IFTTT recipe for it using the hashtag #shopping so it’s easy to add items. I appreciate being able to pull up the list on my phone while I’m at the store.
(I have an IFTTT recipe for my Food Log in Evernote as well.)
Chores go in my journal under my monthly spread. I also copy school assignments in here and date-specific to-dos. I like it as my “big picture” of the month.
I still keep my Notes/In section at the front of my Filofax, but I’m wondering if I should just incorporate it into my journal section for a more classic bullet journal setup. I like giving myself a place to be messy so I can quickly dump my brain without worrying about formatting, but having one less section might be simpler. Hmm…
I keep my collections in a separate section.
School and work notes go into Evernote. I don’t understand how people can keep decent handwritten lecture notes. I can type much faster than I can write by hand and I can actually read it later (my handwriting is either fast or legible- never both). Having a search function is another huge advantage, as well the ability to cut and paste.
(The [Journal] notebook is for my IFTTT items. I should probably change the title to be less confusing.)
So there you have it- my work in progress.
The last thing I will mention is that I also use Google Drive, albeit not for things I need to access on a daily basis. It’s more of my file cabinet for important receipts, immigration documents, etc. I write and store my written school assignments there as well because the formatting is beautiful and Evernote is completely lacking in that respect (Evernote doesn’t even have a word-count to my knowledge).
Alright, back to homework. I hope you all have a nice day and thanks for reading!