A nice write-up in the New Yorker about Bullet Journalling, with an interview with its creator, Ryder Carroll.
Can Bullet Journaling save you?
In the next hour, he helped me set it up. “The Bullet Journal is designed to embrace the chaos that is life,” he said. We made a meta page with my intentions for the journal and a “brain dump” for anything on my mind. He had me draw bullet points instead of a checkboxes for tasks, because, he said, “Things aren’t binary; things begin, they pause, they resume, they get moved.” We talked about the BuJo practice of “a.m. and p.m. reflection,” when you look over the day’s notes. “For us, lists aren’t just stuff we have to do,” he said. “Each task is an experience waiting to be born.”
“Only add what serves you, and be patient with yourself, because it’s a new thing. You’re not doing it right, you’re not doing it wrong, you’re just figuring it out as you go along.” He paused. “It’s another reason why I love the notebook,” he said. “It’s like every day is another chance.”
The notebooks I use for work are based on this, a little. For all the bells and whistles that the million apps and online systems have, there’s something immediate and concrete about pen and paper that I prefer. As he says, things aren’t binary.
As with anything, some people can get carried away with it all, and spend hours creating wonderfully polished, Instagram-friendly pages that would take more time to produce than the actual tasks being listed. But that’s up to them, it’s not a requirement of the system. Thankfully, as my handwriting’s appalling.
I read another great Quartz Obsession e-mail the other day, this time on Wikipedia.
Earlier, I shared some articles on two celebrated Wikipedia editors, Steven Pruitt and Jess Wade. This one is about the project more generally, its history and controversies, as well as some fascinating lists.
“The wiki rabbit hole is the learning pathway which a reader travels by navigating from topic to topic while browsing Wikipedia and other wikis,” says Wikipedia. Intrinsic learning—to learn something for its own sake—is the number one reason people use the site. And truly, there is so much weird stuff to discover.
In 2011, Wales told Esquire that one of his favorites is the entry on the Metal Umlaut. Quartz editors nominated the following as their favorite Wikipedia pages: Bloop, List of largest cosmic structures, Gardiner’s Island, The hum, List of common misperceptions, Observable universe, Sodor’s legend of the lost treasure, Animals with fraudulent diplomas, Longest flights, Emperor Norton, Inventors killed by their own inventions, Impossible color, and What Wikipedia is not. And you could spend a day following every link in Unusual articles and List of lists, two Wikipedia metaguides to eclectic content.
Here are some other Quartz Obsessions I’ve enjoyed. You should sign up too, if you haven’t already.
Everyone’s at it.
Goodreads Choice Awards – Best Books 2018
London Evening Standard’s best books of 2018
Guardian best books of 2018: across fiction, politics, food and more
Barnes & Noble – Best Books of 2018
The New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2018
Publishers Weekly – Best Books 2018
Quartzy – Best books we read in 2018
And if all that wasn’t enough for you.
Download 569 free art books from the Metropolitan Museum of Art
You may remember that we featured the site a few years ago, back when it offered 397 whole books free for the reading … [T]he Met has kept adding to their digital trove since then, and, as a result, you can now find there no fewer than 569 art catalogs and other books besides. Those sit alongside the 400,000 free art images the museum put online last year.
I think I prefer Maria Popova’s round-up, though.
The loveliest children’s books of 2018
Maurice Sendak’s last book, a celebration of history’s heroic women illustrated by Maira Kalman, a stunning serenade to the wilderness, and more.
So many books, so little time.
We should ban the ‘best of’ end of year lists – they make us feel guilty and old
I mean, I suppose if I did nothing else with my free time, I might be able to get through the Times’ list, but that would be next year gone, and I would have to put off all the great new books of 2019 until 2020 and so on, year after year until the sweet release of death.
I think it’s time for a backlash against inane, obvious productivity advice, and this article from the Guardian feels like a good start.
Overwhelmed? 10 ways to feel less busy
#8 Slow down, however wrong that feels. The last thing you want to hear, when you’re drowning in to-dos, is that cultivating patience might be part of the solution. But our urgency-addicted culture is at the core of the busyness problem, according to the addiction researcher Stephanie Brown. We’re convinced that with just a bit more speed we could stay in control – and so we grow unwilling to tolerate the discomfort of slowing down. When you’re already on this urgency treadmill, it can feel excruciating to attempt to slow down – but you may end up getting more done if you try. Experiment with doing nothing at all for 10 minutes between tasks: the harder that feels, the more you may need it.
Some invaluable advice here from novelist and screenwriter Nick Hornby.
Eight excuses I have told my son to use for his failure to hand in English homework, excuses I have learned are acceptable during a thirty-year career in journalism, books, and film
Dear Mrs D, I’m sorry I haven’t done my homework, but my homework diary is currently full, and I’m not looking to take on anything else right now.
Something else I came across when researching records management was this list of records management resources on the web. It’s been compiled by Paul Duller via JISCMail and whilst I’ve added a couple of links of my own to this, I obviously aren’t taking any credit for this. I’m copying it here really for my own reference.
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