But after I submitted my dissertation and tried to apply the writing practice I'd developed to other projects, and even to old ones--I'm writing fiction, working on the book proposal for my dissertation monograph, publishing articles with Chronicle Vitae and Inside Higher Ed, putting together three separate book chapters, and of course writing here--I failed. I'd sit down at the computer and come up empty. The white vastness of a blank Word document was paralyzing. My old strategy--sit at computer, write things--no longer worked.
But I had a thought. About halfway through 2016, I decided to abandon my 100% digital task- and time-management system (Todoist + Google/Outlook calendars) and go back using a physical planner/journal. I'd been pseudo bullet journalling for a long time before I decided to move digital, and so I went back to it in a slightly different form, using the awesome Hobonichi Techo Cousin planner, plus a Rhodia notebook for longer notes, lists, and my cooking and reading journals. (Yes, I'm a planner geek. But if you're into "bujo," as the kids call it these days, or into fountain pens and good paper, you know that Hobonichis and Rhodias are awesome.) I'd also been gifted a couple of gorgeous entry-level fountain pens (a lime green Twsbi Diamond 780 and a gold Pilot Metropolitan, for those of you who like pens) as graduation presents. And I found that I really loved the tactility of planning and recording my days on paper. The feeling of a super smooth fountain pen nib on Rhodia paper is really nice, and writing on paper is physically and visually pleasurable in a way that makes me want to find something to write just for the fun of seeing the bold black lines of my handwriting against the white sheet. Too, I loved the way that handwriting slowed and controlled my thoughts, narrowed my focus only to the words I was thinking and placing on the page before me.
|My planner + case combo.|
|Handwriting this post.|
Just don't make me give up my Instant Pot.