Thursday, June 10, 2010

can life be TOO examined? Yes, obviously

Some online friends are doing THIS. I am still on the fence and when I was wondering why I was teetering I realized that I am documenting my life, one way or another, all the time. I got immediately interested in making a list of my lists.  I admit that what follows is a bit excessive, but then again I never sat down and thought about how many things that I do could be categorized as a list and how computers interact with that process.  SO this is also a challenge.  How many ways do YOU document your life?

My documentation:
#1. The line a day book: I have been keeping this since 1989.  One line every day at the end of the day.  It is in a "record book" that assigns one page to every date in the year, no days, just dates.  I run out of lines in 2020.  At that point I am in deep chocolate. I know it is fuzzy, but then, so is a lot of my life without it and it is not intended to share.

#2. Morning Pages: I have been doing these for years also.  Ever since I read The Artist's Way. I love them but I shredded a ton of them earlier this year.  Now I only have last year and this year, and last year is in jeopardy.  Too much space devoted to something I would never read again and didn't want to outlive me. Still doing them every morning though and I stick a pad of sticky notes inside it so I have a mobile place for grocery lists etc.

#3. Desk Book:This sits on my desk and has confirmation numbers and phone numbers for things like the USPS when they -- for the second time this year already -- fail to leave either the package OR the pink slip that allows me to pick up the package.

#4. My Studio Journal: This is the result of a class called The Studio Journal A Designers's Workhorse from Sharon B. I loved the course even though I am not a fabric designer I learned a lot and many of the journalistic stuff that follows might eventually integrate into this one. It really holds the center place for everything and these never get thrown out.  They move to a shelf in the studio with date tags hanging off them so I can look for them.

#5. Knitting Record Book: This should probably all be online at Ravelry, where some of it is housed already,  but you can't touch the yarn and I have to touch the yarn.

#6. My Stash book: I have most of my stash documented here, again, this should be a Ravelry list but I have samples to touch and I am lazy about typing it into the computer.

#7. Evernote: I love this program and have lots of lists here: places to eat, places to shoot photos, places to suggest for Gill and Mark to visit the next time they are in town ... or for all visitors provided they are interested in sewing, fabric, knitting, reading, music, museums etc etc  Oh yes, and as long as they love to eat!

#8. To Read:  This is my Amazon wish list, first and foremost but there is also a paper version that I stick inside the pocket in the front of my studio notebook that is historical  -- just in case I find something on the street that I always wanted to read... I have been a book hoarder for many many years. I admit that my Amazon list runs 9 pages but I don't have to buy the books, this is just so I won't forget them.  Besides I enter every contest they have where they buy your Wish List.  You never know!

#9. Already Read: There are multiples of these and they are on my computer as the resource list for the two book clubs I am part of and reading other than that.  I try to remember to track my personal reading but the book club lists ...hmmmm one is up to date the other sadly not.  The one that is not up to date goes back to the late 80's and needs some work.  (note to self: do this!!!!)

#10. Both blogs. Above the GWB and Above the GWB Photo.  I am working at being more diligent.  hmmm a recurring theme.

#11. Digital photos taken:  On the computer in file folders sort of  -- at least the raw material by date but not really organized -- and they probably won't be, though I may try. Some are also up on Flicker but not most.

#12. Lists of patterns, knitting articles, craft articles and how to do's: Some are on Ravelry, many are just bits of sticky tabs sticking up out of magazines all over the house. Some knitting books are on Ravelry also, but not all by any means. There are years of Cloth Paper Scissors, older issues of Somerset Studio, Tabella Ansate, etc etc etc.  You want to bind a book?  I have an article for that.  (If I could only find it. )

#13. Lists of stuff sold on ebay, etsy, amazon etc.  I was curious to see if this was worth doing.  The verdict is still out. sits on my computer in a spreadsheet.

#14. Weight Watchers Tracking: People who know me are ROFL over the idea that I am saying this happens because they all know it is not a "real" list.  I DO track in my head, and I have lost 14 pounds in a year, but it is NOT a list on paper.  I just couldn't have #13 be the last number.


nadine said...

that certainly is a lot of record keeping.
The things that i like about the sketchbook project:
I won't be keeping the sketchbook. It gets sent back to the Project organizers.
The contents of book can be about anything. Or everything (on a very small scale).

The sketchbooks will tour, and then be housed together. Near YOU !

the best part: other artist friends are taking part and i am able to be in an exhibition with them. Yahoo.

Anita said...

Impressive stuff, Jordi! I use small square notebooks to record creative ideas and notes, with pages at the back for contact details, meeting notes, shopping lists when I've got nothing else to hand. One travels everywhere with me and have a shelf full now. Other than that, sketchbooks are project specific, and Ravelry organises my knitting life! Intend to put an exhibition blog together one day soon.
LOVE nadine's comment about us all being able to exhibit together - and in Brooklyn too!

MargaretR said...

How I wish I could me as methodical Jordi!