The 2024 Journal Plan

    I’m planning my 2024 Journal plan. I’m always trying to fine tune and tweak the process to be most effective and easier for me to continue to be consistent.

    I have bought a new Bullet Journal every year for the past few years and always end up back to using my Lochby. I like the modularity it provides, and I don’t have a book for a year, I have a smaller booklet till it runs out of space. I then simply label the date range and pull it out and replace with a new.

    Furthermore, I am planning to run four booklets at a time this year. The first is the Calendar and tasks book. This will be general bullet journal style, and its title gives away its purpose. I don’t know if one booklet will last the year or if it will be split into another, I’m interested to see how that turns out.

    Next is Notes, this is just to have a place to scribble stuff if I’m on the phone or in a meeting. Pretty simple and won’t really be organized, just for immediate chicken scratch.

    Then there is the journal insert which will be where the true journaling and writing will happen every day. I expect to fill a few with them a year if I can stay consistent.

    And finally is my List booklet which is for exactly that. The books I’ve read through the year, a list of movies or shows I’ve watched, and anything else of the sort.

    And finally, I plan on carrying a field notes size pocket notebook for tasks on the go and when I don’t have the full journal with me. I have to thank CodeMacLife for the idea.

    We’ll see if I stick with this through the whole year. What I end up doing the past years is a month or so of consistency then a lull, then back at it. I would really like to be consistent throughout the whole year. I am thinking carrying the pocket notebook will really help.

    And also today, I have another question. Those of you who have #Scrivener and know how to use it. Is there recomended tutorial or video that makes me not confused trying to use it. 😜

    Wondering what to write about

    Wondering what to write about. I’m sitting here feeling like writing something, but I am not sure what to write, no idea. So I’m just sitting here pecking at the keyboard, trying to wing it. As you can tell, this has led to me babbling about what to write about.

    I think there have been at least a few hundred times, if not thousands, where I had that light bulb go off without the time or means to record it. This of course leads to me never remembering it. And now, when I want to put something to paper, or the keyboard in this case, I’m a blank.

    Maybe I need to find a good way to record ideas when they happen. A voice recorder would be cool, but what do you do when your idea comes to you when you’re on a call or a video meeting? I try to carry a little notebook around, but in reality it makes it onto my person about 15% of the time, with the rest of its life sitting unused on my desk or possibly near the toilet.

    If anyone else has a solution to this dilemma, please share. For now, I have some house cleaning to do.


    So far the new Apple Journal app is clean, easy to use, but not many features at all. Pretty bare bones. I’m assuming it will get more stuff incrementally. Right now you can’t share entries and no export in anyway.

    With a strong desire to start another blog and to give @manton more money, I did. I am going to separate creative type writing from general opinion, reviews and babble. So you may see some post repeat because I’m moving stuff around. It also lets me use @pimoore ’s Tuft theme.

    I’ve canceled DayOne. I think my Standard Notes, physical journal, and the future iOS should be plenty.

    Electronic Journaling

    I’ve used two main pieces of software for journaling on and off. The first being DayOne Journal and the other being Standard Notes. I feel I should only be in one, and I would like it to be Standard Notes, but I find the book printing feature of DayOne so appealing. To be honest, I have never ordered one, but I find the idea comforting and will eventually some day.

    Standard Notes does let me save a backup in plain text, but it is much harder to separate, format, and I would have to self-publish it in some way to get a copy, maybe through Amazon(cringe!). This seems like a very difficult task, unless I could somehow automate the process with some sort of script. But I pay for StandarNotes as my Notes app, so it makes it the preferred place for Journaling, since I already pay for it. I just want the dang book.

    I wonder if anyone who reads this has a method of achieving the printed book option without using DayOne. Please use the reply by email link below to share.

    I forgot how nice writing with a fountain pen can be.