Here are a few of my notebooks. Yes I said a few. I have a problem and I have been thinking a great deal about it the last few months as I have tried to simplify my life. I want order and structure, thus all the notebooks, but my life is messy and complicated.
For example, I don't study chronologically, meaning 1 Nephi 1 one day and 1 Nephi 2 the next and so on. I jump all over the scriptures and from talks to books and back again. One study period could require several notebooks if I wanted things to be neat and tidy. Although they are within reach when I am at my desk I tend to study all over the house depending on where and when I make the time. Taking too many supplies is not practical and it is cramping my current simplification mode.
I write nearly everyday. Always in my journal. It helps me decompress and focus before I study. I write the things I feel when I am listening to the Spirit. I write the musings of the day or whatever comes to mind. I also add thoughts and lessons learned from speakers and books. As I write I often feel torn between putting them in my journal or adding them to the specific scripture journal.
I don't want there to be a difference.
I don't want my life to be segregated into parts. All those parts make a great whole and by separating things out I think I am leaving out chunks of who I am. As I was teaching a family history class I realized that if someone were to pick up one of these notebooks they would get an incomplete story of who I am, but if I put everything all in one place you would see a more accurate picture of who I am based on my current struggles and the answers I receive. It felt like my journal will have all of the problems and an occasional answer. My scripture journal was filled with answers and no contextual questions to understand why the answers were so meaningful.
So for the last few months I have put everything in one place, testing... working through the kinks and what my end goal will be. I have added pages. I have listed and doodled. I have charted by daily exercise and food, taken notes from meetings, written the tender feelings of my heart.
Perhaps it makes me vulnerable to have everything written down in one place where someone might read it while in a meeting, etc, but I'm learning to be okay with that.
I still add the conference talks that I read and study, but one from 2015 is going to be right next to one from 1999. I am also less focused on the sketchnote and more about the impressions of my heart. Why did I read this talk at this time and how did it help me learn what I needed to learn?
I am also working on some new sketches for another download. I'm getting bored using the same ones.
You might remember that I talked about getting a planner (see this post: blessings). I loved the idea of a planner, but hated having another notebook. So I made a simple printable that I just print off on sticker paper and add to my journal. So far I still really like having a weekly map of what I need to do and our activities. I like having it with my journal. One notebook. Heavenly.
I also have enjoyed adding a few supplies, doodles and stamping supplies. I am offering the basic two pages that I use. I was inspired by Marcy Penner and a planner that she uses. I love the vertical columns (great for listing and the way my brain works). She offers a wonderful a couple of printables you might be interested in: 1. weekly planner page 2. weekly blueprint.
After playing with the design for the last month I decided I didn't want the format to stand out. I didn't want it to complete with the information I was adding. I scale mine down about 10% to accommodate the moleskine size, which I still love and keep coming back to. The paper is a little thinner than I would prefer, but the construction and durability is fantastic. I am really stressing this current one that I am using and it's holding up like a champ.
Download Akimball_simpleplanner (zipped jpg files)
You can also download my monthly calendar here. (I use that to track my miles in the month)
I know I have written at nauseam about the different journals (a couple of posts here: planning day and about a journal), scripture journals has it's own category here on the blog. I will still post things and ideas about how I make the scriptures and study more meaningful, but they will all be in one place here in my book/journal. A little like my site: a little of this and a little of that.