Where do you keep your life?
Not the living, breathing, soul part (I’m not feeling that philosophical today) but the organizational part.
I know more and more people who keep it all on their phone. Personally I find this horrifying for a many reasons like…
- What if it spontaneously malfunctions?
- What if I break it?
- What if I lose it?
- What if I drop it on a gravel path and the screen shatters? (True story)
- What if I run it over with an F250? (True story)
- What if I jump in a lake to save my kid with it in my pocket? (True story)
- What if I forget it?
Instead I currently keep my life in a red notebook.
- Notes about what to talk about at an author program.
- To-do lists for marketing a picture book.
- To-do lists for writing a picture book.
- To-do lists for managing a capoeira group.
- Things to prepare for Thanksgiving.
- Three months of who’s spending which weekend with Granny.
- Notes from a meeting with publisher and illustrator.
- Notes from talking with stores about carrying my book.
- Notes from talking with schools about doing capoeira demos.
- E-mail addresses.
- Blog post ideas.
- To-do lists for the poultry
- To-do lists for the week.
- Things to remember. (That’s a good catch-all page)
- Lists of butterfly houses and exhibits in the Midwest.
- Lists of favorite winter/snow books.
- And notes on how to plan and serve Thanksgiving dinner to 45.
And no, while bullet journaling sounds great in theory, that’s not a thing I do.
I am not unaware that while this is a system, it is possible it’s not the best system. It also occurs to me that a red notebook is just as prone to flood, fire and forgetting as a phone. But, for all I write on the computer and share documents over google drive and set things up in shared calendars, there is a perceived permanence to writing things down in my own messy, illegible, misspelled handwriting that I’m reluctant to give up. It’s as though in my mind a to-do list isn’t a to-do list if it’s not written at two different angles with big bold scribbles when something is crossed off.
I keep my life in a red notebook. Where do you keep yours?