Welcome to the second part of my planner set-up and we’re moving into the notes section. Before I start, though, I’d like to say a word about the sturdy card dividers and bookmarks that you can buy from William Hannah. These are available in a selection of colours to co-ordinate with the planner covers, they are punched to suit the disc system, and they have a textured front with a smooth back. They aren’t tabbed. I love their simplicity; they provide a visual break between the contents without being fussy or frilly. Since they are just card they can go in the recycling when they are ready to be disposed of which allays my slight concern about laminated dividers, gorgeous though those can be.
The second section of my William Hannah notebook contains my notes and it is split into two parts, divided with one of the card bookmarks. The first half begins with one of the To Do List pages which came in the initial trial pack of paper with the binder. I’m using this as a someday/maybe list, although there are firm plans included on there too. At the moment a lot of the things I’m considering would not be relevant if there was any change in my circumstances and so I am keeping them under wraps. It’s not the things themselves that are sensitive, more the reason why I might not end up doing them. However, keeping this list at the start of my notes section does keep these dream ideas to the forefront.
Next up is my list of books I might want to read. So far I’ve added on things I’ve seen BookTubers talk about and things I’ve seen browsing in bookshops. I definitely want to buy The Stolen Bicycle; when I was looking at it in Jarrolds’ book department, a total stranger came up and said she’d read it and highly recommended it. It was the day I intended to buy “The Three-Body Problem” by Cixin Liu, but couldn’t see it and ended up browsing for ages just seeing what was about.
Also in this section is a list of ideas of things to put on the inspiration board I am currently working on. Well, when I say working on, I mean I have emptied what was on there and not quite got to the point of adding anything new. Perhaps next weekend…
The most recent note I’ve added was the pictogram for the I Ching reading I did on my birthday. Whilst I usually write in fountain pen, I chose to use my Blackwing pencil that night.
The notes I keep in the book tend to be things that strike me as aspirational, or things that I take comfort in. Whilst I rarely have time to flick through my notebook when I’m away from home, I do like to know that it is there if I do want to look at it. I love the fact that with this system pages can easily be moved to a different location. For example, I took a sheet of the lined paper and put it in the middle of this week in my diary pages so I could write a full list of the things I wanted to get done over the weekend. When I’m done with it, I can dispose of it; anything I want to record permanently I’ll put in the diary itself, or write in my journal if that’s more appropriate.
The second half of my notes section is for creative writing and at the moment I’m reviewing whether this needs to be a separate section or can just be incorporated with my general notes. More on that in a week or so.
For now I just have to say that I am exceptionally pleased with my William Hannah notebook and I’m looking forward to using it for years to come.