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later august!

helloooo september.

i've been meaning to do a big post about my sketchbooks and sketchbook habits for a while now. this isn't that post, but it's related to the the underlying principle that my sketchbook is basically my brain's external hard drive. i have a smart phone that i'm a little obsessed with, but my sketchbook has always been (and continues to be) my real PDA, day planner, assignment book, etc. etc. it's the one thing that's pretty much guaranteed to be where i am, regardless of how frantic i was when i was packing my purse. i lose track of my sketchbook far and away less often than my wallet or my phone or my car keys.

i never used a calendar or planner much in school, but since i've graduated and started working a hodgepodge of comically-random freelance jobs, i've become much more dependent on actually writing things down in order to keep myself organized and on schedule (for certain values of both). one result is that i've started keeping monthly calendars in my sketchbook-of-the-moment.

most of my time is unstructured-- big blocks of "be in studio getting things done" with occasional actual meetings/appointments. i primarily use my calendar to know what i need to be working on and when things are due, rather than where i need to be. for my purposes, the most helpful calendar is a bird's-eye-view that lets me get a sense of how quickly deadlines are approaching-- not an hourly break-down of each day that's going to be filled up with variations on "work work work!".

one thing that always kept calenders from being useful to me in the past was that i'd get distracted and forget to check/update them (out of sight, out of mind). i definitely use the calenders in my sketchbook more regularly in part just because they're IN my sketchbook; it's something i already have a habit of working in constantly, not a new thing i have to train myself to keep up with and value. my pen goes everywhere my sketchbook goes, so i can always make notes as they occur to me, and each calender spread in my sketchbook has a tab sticking out so that i can flip directly to it. i've also found that i tend to be more diligent about keeping up with my calendar if it's brightly-colored. =)

January 2011

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