Theme System Post Series: The process of finding out my own

2024-03-13 00:00

My first attempt at this was to do it on paper, a long time ago actually, this summer. I tried to do my own thing on paper. But it never worked out for me. Mostly because of all the up keep of creating the layouts.

This time I first tried to do it in Notion, but I never liked it that much. And doing it digitally lead me to a setup with too many Outcomes, Daily Themes etc.

Then I started to play around with a different system; mostly the app Chronicling for Daily Themes and Day One for Daily Journaling; it stil had all the too much problems that I hadn’t addressed yet, plus the daily journaling had no structure at all.

After trying this out for a while I ended up with more of a hybrid system

Theme System Post Series: Why I stopped using them

2024-03-11 00:00

The official journals worked well, for the most part during the time I used it.

But at the end of last year a bunch of things happened causing me to move on from it.

I had a subscription for them through Cotton Bureau; fuck I hate spelling that. That got in this weird state because they complained my card didn’t work, I made sure it was money on it and they used like FOREVER to actually charge it, like 12+ hours, and by that time there wasn’t enough money anymore.

And I started to think and decided I wanted to try something else for a while. Mostly because I felt like it was a good time to do something based on the same idea but with less fixed constraints.

Theme System Post Series: How I used the official Theme System Journal

2024-03-06 00:00

For the year or so I used the Theme System Journals this is how I used them as I reached the end of the final one.

Something got messed up with the subscription renewal on the one I had and I just decided to explore doing a similar things with other tools when that happened.

  • I did a new theme and new goals after three months always
  • Sometimes a slight variation other times a big shift
  • The Daily Themes was adjusted after each 15 day period
  • In the daily journal pages I used to fill in the best and worst things in relation to the theme / goals in the two first boxes
  • Then some things I could improve on and ideas etc in the big one
  • And in the final one I wrote the most important thing for the next day

In addition to all of this I always wrote a retrospective after each 15-day period plus after each journal was used up.

Mont Blanc: Royal Blue

2024-03-04 00:00

I have never really used any Mont Blanc products, because most of them are stupid expensive. Like ridiculous expensive. Where it is so far beyond what I’d ever consider that I just start laughing whenever I find myself looking at their pens etc.


I decided to check out one of their inks a while back, and I ordered a bottle of Royal Blue”.

Interesting enough their ink is really cheap.

I like the color, it isn’t anything amazing, but I have had a lot blues that are much worse than this. The ink is a little bit dryer than I prefer, at least in the Pilot Custom 823 I’ve been testing it in. Much better in the Lamy 2000 I also inked up at the same time though. So might just be that the dry pen and drier ink combination that rubs me the wrong way; as always.

I really like their ink bottle design though. Different look and interesting take on how to make it possible to ink up pens from a bottle as it gets empty.

More pocket notebooks

2024-03-01 00:00

I’ve been trying hard to get back into using pocket notebooks over the last couple of months. And it have gotten better. Still far from anywhere at the level I was at pre-pandemic.

My setup at the moment is to use my Passport Travelers Notebook. I have the blueish color.

I have two refills in it, one dotgrid and one lined. Plus a pen holder on it, where I usually have the Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto 1000 multi pen.

The dotgrid refills is for lists, either capture, or todo lists when it is the best option. And the lined is for writing drafts or journaling that I’m not going to keep for the long term.

Journaling: paper or digital?

2024-02-28 00:00

I have both digital and analog journals in active use. And I think they all fall in three different categories.

I have paper journals that I’m going to keep. Like my 5 year journals will most likely end up in storage for longer if not forever, but most of my notebooks end up in the trash when I’m done with them.

While the stuff I have digitally are typically there forever.

The stuff I know will be noise in the long term will always be written on paper because I find it much easier to get rid of them than digital because the cost of keeping digital content is so much lower.

While the digital is things I will go back to look at. Some of it is proper journaling in Day One. And other things are more logs and less mindful and is often moved out of there to other places as time goes by.


2024-02-22 00:00

Cartridges isn’t something.I have used a lot with my fountain pens. I used to use them back in the very early days. But I soon moved over to bottled ink and piston fillers and converters.

But I have since the summer gotten a few of pens where I do use them: Kaweco Sport. I have converters for them, that I haven’t tested out yet. I have just continued using cartridges with them.

The original plan was to use cartridges, but I should probably test out the converter. Where it leads all depends on how much (or little) ink I can get in them. If it is too little I’ll probably just stick with the cartridges for the convenience.

Common Place Journal 2023

2024-02-20 00:00

I have a common place journal that I keep in my large Travelers Notebook. The system is usually that I number the entries and change books no matter what when I get to the next year. But last year I didn’t write more than a couple of pages in it because ADHD.

So I decided to just keep the current refill. Hopefully this year will be better.

Year of theme

2024-02-15 00:00

I’ve done the Theme System for a while now, both with and without their notebooks, and to a varying degree of within their system.

One thing I do differently is that while I sometimes phrase it as The year of X” I will often change or adjust my theme after 3 or 6 months.

For me and the kind of changes I’m working on an entire year is way too long.

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