Alternatives and Additions to the Bullet Journal (Part the First)

When BuJo Isn’t Enough (or too Much) The Messy Bullet Journal, Part 7a If you slogged through the previous post with my 17 Basics of Personal Productivity list, you now have some way to explain your own needs and evaluate [...]

Brandt’s 17 Productivity Basics

Or Why it’s Impossible to Find the Perfect Productivity System The Messy Bullet Journal, Part 6 Plans go awry. I originally planned this post to list alternatives to Bullet Journaling for managing your life. However, as I looked at different [...]

Bullet Journal: From Paper to Digital

Should the Messy Paper Bullet Journal Go Digital? Part 5 of The Messy Bullet Journal Series Can the Bullet Journal be taken to Digital? Yes and No. Some people like to do everything digitally. But remember, the Bullet Journal is [...]

Your Bullet Journal, Your Way, Your Style

Individualizing Your Bullet Journal The Messy Bullet Journal, Part 4 There are advantages to using a blank notebook as an organizer, as in the Bullet Journal system. The beauty of the Bullet Journal is that you can personalize your notebook [...]

Be a Bullet Journal Action Hero: Tasks, Reviews & Rituals

The Messy Bullet Journal – Part 3 In our previous post, we reviewed the parts of the Bullet Journal – The Perfect System for Imperfect People. The key to success, though, is in the execution. To be a Bullet Journal [...]

The Messy Bullet Journal, Part 2

How to Build Your BuJo Need to Get Organized? Is your life a series of missed appointments, late arrivals, forgotten deadlines, misplaced tasks, and multi-colored Post-It reminders growing around your computer screen like mold on cheese? You’ve tried calendars, whiteboards, [...]

The Messy Bullet Journal, Part 1

The Bullet Journal – The Perfect System for Imperfect People I’ve previously written on Frugal Guidance 2 about notebooks and how to use them, including a cowboy-themed series on different things you can do to break in, corral and ride [...]

Why I Still Use LibreOffice

How Does LibreOffice Stack Up Against Microsoft and Apache OpenOffice? Back in August of 2013, I began an experiment. Although I had used Microsoft Word on both Macs and PCs for over 25 years, I wanted to see if LibreOffice [...]

How Do I Start a Blog?

There Is an Easy Answer, and a Longer Answer In the past few weeks I’ve received several LinkedIn messages from connections asking for help in starting a blog. Unfortunately, asking “How do I start a blog?” is like asking “How [...]

Painfully Waiting for Spring

Ennui in the Snow & an Anniversary There is an unusually painful and impatient expectation of Spring this year in the hills of northern New Jersey. Last week a nor’easter dropped about eighteen inches of snow on the area, plunging [...]

Writing Hacks for Beginners (and Others)

A collection of writing hacks and tips for beginning (and most other) writers.

A Rambling Remembrance of Typewriters

A Blogger Goes into Full Nostalgia Mode Typewriters have a special niche in the history of technology. Many of us of certain age have a fond memory of using typewriters of various types before the technological upheaval of personal computers [...]