Keeping Track

I have used a paper planner since I bought my first Mortar Board the beginning of my freshman year at Purdue. I have four wire-bound page-per-week calendars documenting tests, meetings, and starting junior year dates with the boy who would become my husband.

Over the years I’ve cycled through paper planners even as I bought a Handspring Visor and wi-fi enabled Palm Pilot and starting in 2013, a smart phone. I rely on Outlook linked to my iPhone for everything from a work meeting to remembering I have my 6-month dentist appointment tomorrow (I really do).

I started my professional career relying on a Franklin Planner but reverted to the old standby a 5.5″x8.5″ wire-bound page-per-week planner. A few years ago, life got more complicated, and I transitioned to a page-per-day planner. Wire-bound ones aren’t easy to find so in 2016 I upgraded to a Moleskine planner with C3PO on the cover. Last year, there wasn’t a Star Wars-themed one so I settled for plain black, dusted off my heavy duty hole punch and added steampunk gears and a bookplate to the cover.

Over the course of 2017, I learned about bullet journals and also studied the spiritual discipline of journaling. Because I’d already committed to the Moleskine planner, I spray painted a hardbound journal for writing my personal thoughts.

A few months ago, I began investigating bullet journaling because I realized it killed two birds with one stone and would streamline what I wrote. True confession, I don’t really like journaling. I just want to document my day.

So here it is my bullet journal. It’s a lime green Leuchtterm dot journal that I’ve decorated with water-based fine point markers and use my beloved Signo pens to document my life. As you can see, I have a whole lot of busy going on…

Do you use a paper planner or calendar or are you totally electronic?

About Gretchen E K Engel

Chemical engineer by day, spec fiction writer by night

2 comments on “Keeping Track

  1. I love bullet journaling. There are no rules and you get to design it your way.

  2. Primarily paper. Even though I have the tech stuff on my phone, I can’t have it with me on the job.

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