Bullet Journal: Students and Analog-to-Digital Day Planner Conversion (Yes! It is Possible!)

I received this note last week from my contact page.

Hi! I really enjoyed reading about your experience with the Bullet Journal. I am thinking about giving it a go, but I am in grad school and a lot of my planning is around assignments. I have a LOT of homework…reading, lesson plans, etc. If you have any ideas about how to use the Bullet Journal system with tons of homework assignments I would really appreciate suggestions! I have a master list now in an excel spread sheet but I have no idea how I would put them into the Bullet system without planning every day of the month out with due dates. Thank you for taking the time to read my message and if you have a minute I would love to hear from you. Thank you and love your blog! -Jenna

I wanted to share my reply today.

Hi Jenna!

First, I apologize for taking a week to get back to you. What with the Thanksgiving holiday, and then catching up on work, I am only today getting through all of my emails.

I am a doctoral candidate, and I have not yet found the perfect solution for managing my time.

What I do with the bullet journal is on the monthly index, I’ll set aside 3 pages. They look something like this:

(Page 1)
December 2014 Index
Personal
**list tasks

(Page 2)
December 2014 Index
Dissertation
**list tasks

December 2014 Index
Research Assistantship
**list tasks

I tend to put appointments, meetings, etc. in my digital calendar, and then use the bullet journal for task tracking.

I hope this helps.

Also, FastCoDesign had this article today [about Adobe, LiveScribe and Evernote’s analog-to-digital work with Moleskine].

From one of the slides:

“It’s not the first time we’ve seen Moleskine embrace the shifting digital culture. Recently, they’ve released notebooks that pair with Livescribe pens to automatically digitize notes and doodles, and Evernote to upload your analog day planner into your cloud-based calendar.”

I plan to look into this, myself.

Best Regards,

Jewel

Do you all have any suggestions for Jenna? Has anyone tried Moleskine with Evernote, Livescribe, or Adobe?

What Have I Been Up To? Dissertation Writing…Sort of…

I hope to post regularly this semester, but I hope to finish my dissertation completely this semester as well. Between the two choices, I may have to set aside this blog a bit while I analyze, write, research, and revise (repeat).

Here are some comics to make you smile on a Monday. I think these apply to any writing task, not just the dissertation or thesis.

PhD Comics: Thesis Writing
[Source: PhD Comics.]

PhD Comics: Our Thesis
[Source: PhD Comics.]

PhD Comics: Finished Thesis
[Source: PhD Comics.]

I very much relate to this one below, especially the coffee part.

PhD Comics: Blood Sweat Tears Coffee
[Source: PhD Comics.]

PhD Comics: Writing Your Thesis Outline
[Source: PhD Comics.]

PhD Comics: Your Thesis Title
[Source: PhD Comics.]

PhD Comics: The Thesis Repulsor Field
[Source: PhD Comics.]

This is me, below. I hate to admit that, but it is.

PhD Comics: Why? Why???
[Source: PhD Comics.]

And, this gem below is me, too. (Insert a friend or roommate, though, not a boyfriend or spouse.)

PhD Comics: You Have Started Writing, Haven't You?
[Source: PhD Comics.]

Last but not least, The Thesis Committee, below. I’ve posted this one before, but it is so wonderful I want to post it again.

PhD Comics: The Thesis Committee
[Source: PhD Comics.]

How do you procrastinate when you write? I mean any writing…a blog, a paper, a news article, a letter to someone, or, a thesis or dissertation.

I think I am past the “dread” stage, and I hope I am past the worst of the procrastination stage. I want to finish and start the next phase of life. This has been a wonderful journey, but it is time to move on.

And now, I’ll stop writing this blog post as a form of productive procrastination, and get back to the dissertation writing.

Have a great day!

The History of the Internet, Visualized

The Hamster Dance, c. 1997I love history. I love technology. Thus, an infographic detailing “The History of the Internet” should be right up my alley, correct?

Only if it is accurate.

Gizmodo recently released this detailed version of the Internet’s history, but there are some glaring errors. Where is Vannevar Bush’s Memex from 1945? What about the invention of the personal computer and the mouse? You cannot use the Internet if you do not have a computer.

For comparison, please check out The Computer History Museum’s Internet History (1962-1992).

Gizmodo's History of the Internet

Can you spot a few other things that “should” be mentioned in this infographic?

As for me, Internet history means one thing, and one thing only. The hamster dance. :)