A while back, Brip Blap wrote a post entitled “Another Drone in the Moleskine Army” all about how he bought a beautiful fancy notebook to make lists and notes in that he could not resist once he touched it. The title of that post has jammed itself into my head and I cannot shake it loose. Clever, Brip Blap.
But also from that post, I kept thinking about having a notebook for listmaking. I make too many weird and varied lists for a notebook to store them all, and I have a good number of my lists housed on the computer now, but there is something about putting pen to paper and simply… writing. Typing is effective, but typing cannot completely compare. And a good cross-out with a pen beats a click to delete any day of the week. I was thinking about asking for a notebook specifically made for lists for Christmas but it seemed… excessive. But oh, a centralized list of all my many varied lists and progress, kept daily… ah, the thought.
Fast forward to last week, when I needed to buy my son a notebook to take to his speech preschool with him. My son is behind the curve a bit in expressive language, and he is going to a specialized preschool this year to help encourage him to talk more with others and have conversations. We needed to send a notebook with him because we are supposed to write down things he did at home that the teachers can use to start conversations with him. Or so I thought. In fact, I misread the sheet, and the school was providing the notebook for him. So now I had a random little notebook that I’d already written in so couldn’t be returned…. that we had gotten at a back-to-school clearance sale for $0.75.
For the past few days I have been making a daily “to do” list in this notebook for myself, with a heading from each of my other major lists (Blog posts, Blog-related activities, Finances, Work, House, Errands, Misc) and writing down everything from each of those master lists I want to accomplish that day in the appropriate places. And I feel… organized! Productive! Calm. Mellow. It is amazing. And every day I cross out what I’ve accomplished and transfer the rest to the next day, adding whatever I need from the original master lists, and… ta da! I’m getting things done and feeling good about it.
I may not be a drone in Brip Blap’s moleskine army but I’m a drone in its very cheap cousin-army… the 75 cent notebook one. (It is striped and has an elastic to hold the pages in place… what more could I want?)