Calendex is the first spread in my journal after the main index. Its purpose is to record events and help me find the pages relevant to that event.
I use two pages together. My notebook is a Leuchtturm1917 A5 dotted notebook it has 12 columns, one for each month. (In this notebook each column is 4 squares wide)
I write 1 – 31 for each day vertically down the page (top tip start at the bottom and work up that way you don't have to count or spend lots of time on layouts) and the 6 months on each page horizontally across the top.
So how do I use mine?
I still use a icalander app on my phone for events so that the whole family has access to it. So birthdays, school holidays, my children's school and homework commitments. These are simply represented by coloured dots (that match my icalander) on my Calendex this is because as they occur so frequently, there are so many and whole family needs the information accessible. I don't need to record the information in detail twice but I do need to be aware that something is happening with it. So it is merely represented by a dot.
Then I revert to the method to which the Calendex was designed. Inspired and designed by a gentleman called Eddie Hope , I have included his webpage here where he explains the process further. I strongly suggest you go check out his page too.
So let's give an example of how it works. I have a meeting with a new team member on Wednesday 4th January 2017.
In my journal I am currently writing on page 42. Here I record the date, time of this meeting and write down what information I need to take along , the address of where I am meeting, persons contact details and anything else relevant, then I turn to my Calendex and in the January column next to the line dated the 4th, I write the page number 42.
Later any quick look at my Calendex instantly tells me I have an event this day and refers me to the page I need for all the information for this event.
This will later help with my monthly and yearly planning
Future log is a way of quickly recording future events all in one place without having to write out a full year diary spread. Easy to update and refer to as the year goes on this is the system that was created by a gentleman called Alastair Johnston click this link to find out more
I use his method at the front of my journal straight after my Calendex. My notebook is a Leuchtturm1917 A5 dotted noteboo. I have a row of small one dot size columns for each month to the left. Then a long space across two pages for free form writing. I have also added a column to the right with the title done , for ticking back when it has been added to my journal in a more permanent way so I have planned it in my monthly or other page/s.
It doesn’t matter if the events are not added chronologically. That's the beauty of this spread you can quickly write it down with no place to forget.
When I'm writing out my monthly spread or am ready to plan event in detail I can move these over and tick off. All I need to do is quickly scan down the column of the month, locate the dots to signify entries for that month.
I find this is a great place to store birthdays and for social reminders for example when people tell you they are 'thinking' of arranging something next month or anything that has a less than permanent plan. But I also use it to record events I book and meetings. Anything you need to for the future. Mine gets quite busy so I allow 4 pages for each year and if I run out of space just write in a differnt colour although usually I'm on my next journal by then. This is the first page of my 2017 log.
Save £1000 a savings challenge I have set myself.
Timescale one year.
I have made a journal spread to track my progress for each week. Visual so I can see if I am achieving or on track for my goal
The amounts could be altered to suit your lifestyle
You could use these numbers and save the monetary amount by either saving from your income, earning this amount extra, or avoid spending this amount for each week.
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Author - Linda Perry
Sharing my personal experiences of Journalling.