My method for getting things organised and done so I can have peace of mind, is through simplifying and reducing the amount of things I need to use.
I love to write in notebooks (maroon Moleskine or black hardcover spiral bound MUJI art books are my favourites) but I they are for my personal musings (scribbles and illegible deep thoughts) or physical to do lists where I need to cross something off, or doodle notes for things I need to action within the week or so. Paper does help but I keep most things digitally for access / archival purposes. My pen of choice is uni-ball Signo 0.5, a precise ink pen with consistent, quick-drying flow. I bulk buy refills from eBay, shipped from Hong Kong for $1 each.
Current apps I’m using:
Keeps all notes, inspiration, research in one place and I can access it from anywhere I have internet connection. Same font size, same fonts. Bold, italics, and highlights.
I have only the lists of major tasks. I always have a general To Do List of things I need to do usually within the week. I might have a Travel list or a School list. I tick off completed tasks, and do almost daily clean ups of the lists (edits if priorities change). Again empty lists are the goal.
My inbox is my to do list / everything matters. I love when it says I have zero emails in my inbox. All travel information, bills etc are saved in their respective folders for Travel or Shopping. I don’t subscribe to any emails.
Just perfect for dates and appointments, or important details about a day that I cannot miss.
All inspiration images found on the net are on Pinterest boards. I have secret boards mood boarding with clients or group work. I use the Chrome Pinterest button feature and right click on images to save directly to Pinterest.
Great for quickly skimming through all subscribed blogs and keeping updated!
So I use paper for drawings, sketching out ideas and diary writing. My mum taught me to save time when I was in high school by typing out my essay on the computer, instead of writing it out on paper first. She noticed I had handwritten my essay and she pointed this out to me. I understand the benefits of writing things out on paper to help the thinking process, but this tip really helps save time by reducing that step of trying to read my writing (a very hard task in itself!), translating it to another medium, archiving the information.
I also read books in a similar way. I use post-its to ‘underline’ key lines, so I don’t draw on the book, and that’s about all I do with books. I try to amplify how I feel about what I’ve read by using my imagination to enhance it as I go about my daily life, I try to observe more in relation to what I read, reflect on my past, and I try to live by the advice in the books that I think will help me. I tweet epiphanies or quotes, again for storage.