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The Everything Notebook

Everything NotebookI am very analog in everything I do, and research activity and workflow planning isn’t the exception. I don’t carry around many planners, nor do I dump everything in a cloud-based service like Evernote: I have a trusty Everything Notebook, where I schedule tasks I have to carry out for my research and teaching and service, write my notes about seminars, courses, readings, capture fieldnotes, and plan my research output.

I literally keep EVERYTHING in my Everything Notebook.

This page captures all the blog posts associated with how I came up with the idea of the Everything Notebook, how I use it, and what are some key ideas to keep it going.

How I use the Everything Notebook to plan my research

This post explains what I use the Everything Notebook for: planning and scheduling my weekly, and daily To-Do lists, as well as maintaining my notes about all my research, projects, students, ideas, papers I’m reading or writing, all in one place.

How I plan my year using an Everything Notebook

This post shows in great detail how I do my annual project and conference planning, and how I integrate this process seamlessly with the Everything Notebook.

How to start and maintain an Everything Notebook

I wrote this post in response to Dr. Veronica Kitchen’s request to explain how the Everything Notebook would work when we write in loose pages, and when we aren’t fully sure of where is each piece of research and/or handwritten notes we’ve taken.

Synchronizing Google Calendar and the Everything Notebook with the Whiteboard Weekly Planner

I am quite analog in everything I do, but in order to be able to remember exactly where I am supposed to be at a certain point in time, I always cross-link my weekly To-Do lists (which are listed in the Everything Notebook) with my Google Calendar, and with my Whiteboard Weekly Planner. This post explains how everything synchronizes.

Should you bring your Everything Notebook virtually everywhere?

The short answer is: if it’s a heavy notebook, like the ones I normally carry around, it’s probably best if you leave it back home and staple pages back to the specific section where they belong when you come home.


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