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?

Animation of the TransAtlantic Flight Paths of Over 2000 Airplanes

Here’s a relaxing video and soundtrack to start off your Monday.



An animation by the National Air Traffic Services (Nats), the UK air traffic control service, demonstrates the flight paths of the 2,000 to 3,000 aircraft that fly across the North Atlantic on a daily basis. This animation shows 2,524 flights that travelled between Canada, the US and Europe on a single day in August 2013

Of course, knowing that many airplanes are in the air at any given time of the day may not be your idea of relaxation. However…Happy Monday!

[Source: The Guardian.]

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. :)

User Experience Design

Have you ever visited a web site and wondered who created such a great experience? Have you ever wondered who makes the invisible visible?

No? Why do you think that is? If it works well, you don’t notice it, and if the site is a mess, it is all you do notice.

Therefore, what element can help make or break a web site?

To me, one of these elements is the site’s User Experience Design, or lack thereof.

The following humorous animations by Lyle hail the role of the user experience designer. I bow….

Do you have any favorite web sites? Why do you like them?

[Via frank j. garofalo.]

Save the Data

Welcome to my own version of NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard-ism).

Yes, I know the US federal budget needs to be cut, but not my programs.

Seriously. :)

The Sunlight Foundation writes:

Some of the most important technology programs that keep Washington accountable are in danger of being eliminated. Data.gov, USASpending.gov, the IT Dashboard and other federal data transparency and government accountability programs are facing a massive budget cut, despite only being a tiny fraction of the national budget. Help save the data and make sure that Congress doesn’t leave the American people in the dark.

The video below provides a brief overview of some of the benefits the open data movement has provided.

If this issue is of concern to you, please sign a petition, write your Congressional Representative or Senator, write a letter to the editor, of just spread the word online via resources such as Twitter or Facebook.

[Via Citasa.org.]