As this month is ending I have been getting my journal set up for October. I have a hybrid BuJo and record/reflections journal which I enter the art, writing, Bible study, podcasts, videos, books, music, which have accompanied me on any given day.
I am not perfect at the forward planning, or the recording of what I have done to be honest, but it is a habit I try to keep to, as much as a reference point than anything else.
I am not fancy and artistic with my journal. It might be soemthing I try in the future, but at the moment it is more of a utilitarian document – a document that I have done things and also a source for future work and projects.
I have kept journals off and on for many years, but the thing which generally breaks down the habit is my handwriting. It has always been poor – after six weeks of being on the same handwriting card in Junior School and having not improved at all, the teacher told me I could move onto the next card out of pity. In A-Level study my History teacher asked me to write in block capitals so he could read my work!
As in most things, I am now trying to be slower and more deliberate with my creativity.
I admire the Japanese crafts people and artists, who seem to instinctively understand this and see it as just as much of the process of producing artefacts and creative pieces as the tools and materials which go into the finished item.
Being more deliberate. This is part of the process in keeping a calendar or a BuJo. You are forced to consider the time you have available and commit to a specific act within a portion of that time.
Consider the act of creativity you intend to do and slow down in the production of it. Each word you write, note you play, or brush stroke you make, is deliberate and not rushed. Each action and decision is purposeful.
My handwriting may still not be as successful as some of the other things I do, but it is benefitting from being more deliberate in its execution.
Be Deliberate and Be Creative!
Some Links to the things I use in my Journal:
- My Journal is the Paper Republic Grand Voyager XL in Chestnut
- I usually carry three Moleskine Large Squared Cahier Notebook in the Journal – Daily Planner, Writing Ideas/Planning, Bible Study notes.
- I use the standard Bullet-Journal method and add in my own codes for recording information e.g. A-artwork, W-writing, R-reading, B-bible study, P-podcasts listened to, etc. You can also use whole pages for notes, or ideas within the daily planner/journal.
- Pens! A constant trial and error to find something which helps my poor letter forms, but I mainly use a fountain pen – Kaweco Classic Sport – but I bought some 0.35mm Gel Pens for sketching and I have started to use these for writing as well.