For several years I have used a Franklin-Covey planner with varying degrees of success. I have switched from daily classic size to weekly compact and various stages in between. At this point in my life, I still need a planner and don’t see that changing, but I need something bigger and not as big all at the same time. I can’t hold a year’s worth of weekly planning pages in the binder, so I try to squish things into the monthly view. All I end up doing is frustrating myself and writing across the whole silly calendar. Maybe a year or so ago, I visited a site with step-by-step instructions to turn a pocket-sized moleskine into planner of sorts with a system of tracking projects. It reminded me of the F-C system, but without the expense of pages and the binder and the overwhelming size. I found a second site that turned a pocket-sized moleskine into a project management system.
As I was looking at other planners today while I was out and about, I couldn’t find anything that was exactly what I desired, so I purchased a journal of sorts which closes tightly to protect the pages. To my utter shock and amazement, I was able to find both sites tonight without the aid of my bookmarks. Since I found the sites again, I am going make my own hybrid system for managing my calendar for the new year. Yes, I’m planning ahead. Actually, I have F-C pages up through the end of the year and even though I want to stop using it now, I can’t bring myself to waste 1/3 of the cost of the silly pages by not using it. Yes, I’m an illogical glutton for punishment. So I will start creating it and begin using it in January.
This is a photograph of a painting that is currently hanging in a museum in Paris, France. I was first introduced to this painting when I was creating visual presentations for a pastor with whom I worked. I won’t attempt to quantify what it means to me, I will just say that it stirs something in me when I see it.
As the name implies on Wednesdays, during NaBloPoMo, my posts will be graphic in nature. At my former place of employment, I did a fair amount of graphic editing with Photoshop. If I had $1,500 I didn’t know what to do with, I would still use it. Since I do not, I have happily switched to GIMP for Linux and Windows. The above graphic features letter tiles created with GIMP after viewing a PhotoShop tutorial. I didn’t translate into GIMP this time, I searched for GIMP tutorials. The site that linked this tutorial featured all the tutorials I just viewed for Photoshop and I’m not sure what to think about. I’ll link to the actual GIMP tutorial, not the repository, yet. The tutorial was nice and simple, easy to follow. Even someone without previous graphic experience could follow it. I am also investigating Inkscape to replace Illustrator.