. . . I'm trying something a little different. Instead of buying a diary, I'm giving the Bullet Journal approach a go.
At any one point in time I can have three or four notebooks on the go, each recording something different. I'm keen to see if I can consolidate it all - the diary, the scheme ideas, the lists, the birthdays, the milestones, the things I have to do and the bills I have to pay - into one mega-book. If it works it could be amazing and if it doesn't, I've had fun with stationery so that's still a win.
As luck would have it, I had the perfect notebook to hand . . . in my stash of notebooks that I've hoarded away in anticipation of needing them one day. I found this one at the local dollar store. Initially I didn't have very high hopes for it as its cover says "promise yourself to be strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind." I'm not really one for motivational one-liners, especially ones that lack punctuation. However, on closer examination I discovered the cover came off, revealing a truly awesome notebook with a stitched binding and good quality paper. So I bought it (and two others, just for good measure).
I've set my journal up in a way that I think (hope) is going to work for me. My future log (over two double-page spreads) is basically just a birthday book, so I've also created an Alistair Method future log for stuff that comes up . . .
(Yes, I agree, at this point I beginning to sound a little obsessive compulsive . . . )
In addition to the index and the monthly and daily logs, I've also created a section for all the things I want to make this year, and a dump-zone at the back for cool shit that I find (and want to rip off).
Initially it was a bit of a challenge for me, not having ALL THE DAYS already laid out. But then I realised my phone does that for me . . . though I still might see if I can find one of those business card-sized calendars just to slip in somewhere.
So anyway, I'm giving it a go. I'll report back to let you know how I get on.