30 Nov flirting with organization
Because I have long said good-bye to focusing on all the things I’m not, I won’t go into a tirade about my lack of organizational skills. Nothing good can come of it and it only gets ugly. I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t even be an issue if I wasn’t a Virgo who has always desperately wanted to be organized but, that’s a personal problem and one I won’t bother harping on.
My new approach is an attempt to find solutions. I have still yet to dial in an optimum organizational system for myself so I am always keeping my eyes out for something that might work for me. Calendars work pretty well. And so do lists. And though i have considered trying some online solutions, I love writing with a pen or pencil, on real paper far too much to replace all my chicken scratches with plucking out keys. I do enough of that anyway.
As if she was reading my mind, Kristin Rutten, founder of Log Your Memory, offered to send me a copy of the new 2011 Memory Logbook. It’s an adorable, near purse-sized (yet quite thick) spiral journal that is designed to be your everything book. It’s choc full of places to write and ways to keep your thoughts organized. From cleverly designed monthly calendar (including themes you can infuse into each month) to weekly calendars that offer list lines to write on each day to plenty of room for daily notes, the calendar part is covered. Keep in mind that this is a book specifically designed for scrapbookers so the point of this book is to jot down notes, to-dos, thoughts, feelings, ideas, and inspirations to draw upon later (like for scrapbooking or other creative projects).
The cute-clever parts of the book come in the details. The prompted pages near the end called “questionaires” ask questions about holidays, bdays and other life events. And there are photo prompts as well that give you some ideas of what to shoot. Considering my Motherhood Memory Albums are all prompts, you can imagine I’m a big fan of the questionnaires pages. And at the very end of the book there are a number of pages dedicated to scrapbook challenges.
It’s a well thought out book that is really meant to be a “jotters journal”, so the paper and cover might be thinner than you’re used to for standard journals but that can make it less intimidating and more likely to actually be used (and not just stored on the shelves). Thanks Kristin for offering such a great invitation to the unique systems of Log Your Memory.
What do you use to keep your systems in place? Or, are you like me, desperately seeking a system? Log Your Memory has got me excited to keep exploring all the many options of organization out there. I would love to hear your ideas.