Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Question of the Day: Allocating Space

Stephanie

Question from Bruce: “I find myself with a great deal of minutia that I’d like to track or remember. Quotes. Ideas. Thoughts. Details that don’t lend themselves to a folder in the filing cabinet. I haven’t put them in a notebook because I haven’t figured out how many pages to allot to Quotes vs. Things I’d like to do vs. Remembering something. How do other people handle this? Just start on page one and forget about organization? Two notebooks? One for quotes and future dreams and a different notebook for mundane day to day stuff?”

In my own world, I often face the same issue and what I do (at least for now) is this. I enter it into my current journal at the time I discovered the quote or other tidbit of information. I see it in my mind as something relevant to that moment and if it’s important enough, I’ll copy it to a piece of index card and move it forward from one journal to the next. One such quote that is important to me is “Thought Creates Form.”

I do keep a list of things I want to do – not so much a bucket list but what I envision for myself in any current space of time. I did one at the end of last year and there are things on it not as important so they get crossed off, and new ones added. The list is on a single large Exacompta index card.

For remembering details from my past, I also have a “list book” but I don’t use it often. I pull it out when I get to thinking about things like what my Mom used to cook for me when I was a child and I will make a list…. One list usually spawns another and another, then the book will sit for months.

We’d love to hear how you keep your thoughts organized… Will you share?


22 thoughts on “Question of the Day: Allocating Space

  1. I like Kelly’s system of dividing the notebook in half – I’ll try that. Currently I have notebooks for various different things and I find it’s getting out of hand.

  2. I like Kelly’s system of dividing the notebook in half – I’ll try that. Currently I have notebooks for various different things and I find it’s getting out of hand.

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