I love to write. I have been writing a short story and a novel, and hopefully you’ll be able to read both stories fairly soon (well, the novel is written in Norwegian, but the short story will be available in English). The thing about writing is that I have felt a need to keep a journal, and a way to keep track of everything I do. And when I combine writing with marketing, I really need to focus.
But, I haven’t found a way to keep track of everyting using just one notebook or one service, I guess what I’m saying is that I need help to remember.
Writing and doing business
I have started a marketing business, but I am also blogging and writing stories, and I am combining all sorts of activities and that makes it even more important to keep track of everything.
I started out by using a pen and paper (a Moleskin notebook). It worked great for a while, but after a few weeks I had already forgotten what I had been a week ago, and I had no way of searching for past projects and sentences I had added (as part of my writing projects). I had a feeling that the notebook wouldn’t be such a good idea – a notebook would eventually turn into chaos with all my various projects.
I have ended up testing several services, and right now I am using four services to keep everything on track. I have been thinking that I should probably just be using a single service in order to be more productive and feel that I am in more control, but so far, the four services are working out great.
Things for task management
I am using Things to keep track of all my tasks. I add a new task, and I delete it when it’s done. I add projects, and add tasks to the various projects. I use Things for my Mac, iPad and iPhone, and it syncs. It makes it easy to add new tasks and always have a complete overview of all my tasks.
I am using BusyCal (a powerful version of iCal) to keep track of all my appointments and to add time to the various tasks. For instance, if I need to attend a meeting, or I need to work on a project, I’ll get all the details in BusyCal (but the details on the tasks will be in Things).
I am using Fantastical to add my appointments and everything else into BusyCal. I know that it sounds weird that I need a software to just add new things to my calendar, but Fantastical makes it incredibly fast and easy to add whatever’s on my mind to my calendar and at the same time, it makes it very easy to get a fast overview of what I need to be doing the current day or the next few days.
I have just bought Day One, but the one thing I really needed was a way to keep a journal of whatever I am doing. I have all the tasks and projects in Things, and I am using my calendar (BusyCal and Fantastical) to get an overview of everything, but Day One has been the missing piece where I do my writing. I add words (sometimes a lot of words) to every single day of the week. I add words to my tasks, and to my meetings, and to whatever is on my mind. I am using Day One for Mac, iPad and iPhone, and it syncs using iCloud.
Your turn – I’d love some feedback
It might seem a bit much to use all four, but it has been working great so far – but I’d love to get some feedback about what you’re using to keeping a journal and track of your projects. Are you using a notebook or one service, or are you like me and using multiple services to keep everything in order?