Every weekend, I hand-scrawl my schedule for the following week. This one ranges from gallery details to stages of my book’s progress to blog and mailing-list updates, to yoga classes & online Chinese study. I estimate how long each task will take, which helps me prioritize tasks for the day over morning coffee.
I keep this notebook at my side all day long, and cross off items as I get through them. It’s low-tech, and keeps me focused on the task at present. Because my current main project is my travel-book about my quest for Southeast Asian paper, I complete many of these tasks on my laptop. Scrawling through a completed task is much more satisfying than simply closing a desktop window.
There are no lines in my notebook. Ever. Why? They get in my way.