In the process of sorting out my half of the mess we’re calling the spare bedroom I finally updated my laptop to Yosemite and added a SSD. I’m not going to comment on the other halfs other half – but its at the point where I’m seriously considering getting one of those big screen things…
I have a love/hate relationship with yosemite. Its fast – like it used to be, its an i7 15″ macbook pro but now none of my adobe software works on it and they got rid of spaces which was the best feature of snow leopard! A small glimmer of hope is that I recently acquired a mac mini from work so when I return the harddrive to them and put in a nice many terrabyte replacement I will have my photoshop & snow leopard back again! GIMP is … ok for resizing and curves but its severely lacking in basic non-destructive photo editing.
The complete reformat has reactivated my organisation gene so I’m slowly going through all files and coming up with a better storage system and just generally trying to be super organised.
I’ve also been inspired to get back into good old fashioned planning - I bought a filofax! I went for the cheapest option I could find, the compact patent personal in lemon. (I bought it from WHSmiths though, it was on offer then) I thought I’d go for a small one at first in case I didn’t use it but I’m now looking for an a5 desk planner for bigger projects – and more room to write.
In addition to the filofax I’ve also been re-assessing my Evernote setup. I’m trying to come up with a system that uses both to the best of their abilities – Which is hard because I can’t use the filofax as a calendar because I don’t really have many appointments. My filofax is mostly notes – and now that I’ve bought my new printer – personalised colourful notes!
I went mad with the stationary – bottom left is all kinds of pretty post its in the floral book, an envelope full of washi stickers, FLAMINGO PAPERCLIPS!!!!, pens and my custom peony ‘dashboard’ ! Plus ipad mini (pink) and bullet journal (green)
If your wanting some inspiration for the new year – now is actually the best time to do it because loads of people have fallen off the planning band wagon so start trawling ebay for unwanted christmas filofaxes!
Other good resources for inspiration:
- Pinterest (duh!)
- Strange and Charmed - also her youtube!
- Happie-Scrappie - tempted to buy a happie-dori when their being made again – thats a whole other rabbithole I’ve been falling down.
- And if you want general productivity awesomeness – Asian Efficiency Podcast
- Every episode they mention Getting things done by David Allen – I’m reading it at the moment so I’ll let you know how I get on!