The current state of my Midori Traveler’s Notebook


I made another video about my Traveler’s Notebook. I am excited because I have found something that has worked for me! Because of this, I am feeling much less scatter-brained lately. I love how the Traveler’s Notebook has evolved and changed with me as I develop what works. I thought it would be fun to show you that evolution.


Here are some links to things addressed in the video.

  • Bullet Journal. I have been doing this with great success. My favorite thing about it is the index. It’s brilliant. Now those scatter-brained ideas can be found! I love using the Midori 2 month blank calendars for this. They work perfectly with the Bullet Journal system.
  • Chronodex. Still not completely sure what this is all about but it seems to be working for me. I guess I like the visual representation of my day. I can take one look at my Chronodex for the day and know where I am supposed to be. I also like my ritual at the beginning of the day of coloring in the different spaces. It’s a nice way for me to get focused on work in the morning. I started out with the journal that Patrick Ng graciously provides for free but have moved on to my own way of using it. I simply tape in a printout of the blank Chronodex template for each day. I don’t use it to track what I am doing each moment (as it is supposed to be used), I use it to help me keep track of where I am supposed to be during the day.
  • I’ve been buying my Midori stuff at Baum-Kuchen.

I should note that I just bought a passport-sized Traveler’s Notebook. I am planning on using that for my Bullet Journal/work stuff. The small size lends itself well for carrying around in my pocket all day.  That is the plan, anyway. I will let you know how it works out!

In the meantime, I will use the regular-sized Traveler’s notebook for creative stuff. Sketching, photography, etc.



My Term Student Mandala

I went through a Term Student program at my Sangha this past Fall. This is, simply, a period of time when you focus a bit more intensely on your practice.

I learned so much about myself during this time. I will blog more about it – if I can find the words to say about it. Much of what I learned is still percolating inside of me.

On the last retreat our teacher had us draw a mandala that represented what we learned during this time. The photo above is what I drew. Honestly, it is kind of hard to express in words what it all means. I did have explain my mandala as part of the retreat , but I had a hard time finding the words for it. Drawing it came from a different part of myself, the part of myself that doesn’t use language to communicate.

As I drew this particular mandala I felt a familiarity.