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Experimenting with The Pocket

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This article first appeared in Bujo U.

Back in 2022, I was a beta tester for the newly released pocket notebook. Due to all of the excitement around the release of the Pocket, I thought I would share my experience using it. I hope it might give others some ideas for using the Pocket.  At the time, I could not think of ways to use it as a companion to my A5 bullet journal so I decided to put aside the A5 for a little while and venture into pocket-sized bullet journaling.

My intention for this pocket notebook was to see what tasks were consuming my time at work. I had some areas of my work that I struggled to get to and needed to see what was happening so that I could make some changes.  I chose to set up my monthly log with tasks that had due dates on the right and then to the left of the line was my timeline of what I did on that day along with the amount of time I spent on each task. Also, I decided to color code the different areas of work so those different areas would pop off the page. 

Using the Monthly Log in Portrait Mode

I know this might sound odd but it was a different experience for me in flipping back to my monthly log in portrait mode. I found it easier to look back at my monthly while being in my current day.  I've tried to capture what this looks like in the picture below. I know that you can flip back to previous spreads in any notebook but there is something about portrait mode that made for a different experience. I think it allowed me to view the month within the current day. It was almost as if the page I was on was an extension of that monthly log. I really enjoyed this experience and would love to know how others might experience the portrait mode.

Daily Logging in The Pocket

For this experiment, I set my daily logs using a two-column format. The dotted lines in the center of the page made it easy for me to see the columns without having to draw a line to separate them. I've done similar spreads in my A5 bullet journal and this felt as if I was writing in the A5.  

However, the experience changed for me when I turned the page for the following day. Flipping back to look at the weekly list seemed to flow better for me than when I do it in the A5. Maybe my brain just likes to read things vertically.

Other Thoughts

Another thing I really liked about using The Pocket was the experience moving between writing and typing. The thinness of the notebook allowed for a smooth transition from writing to typing. Often I experience a "hump" when I transition between typing and writing, especially when the notebook is new. I find that I prefer using thinner notebooks for how I spend the majority of my work time.

I am looking forward to experimenting with The Pocket in other ways. I thinking that my next experiment is to just use the pocket for daily logging and keep my A5 for monthly logs and written reflections. I look forward to seeing and hearing how others will use The Pocket to enhance their bullet journaling practice. Please share your ideas and experiences.

About the Author

Karen Colum is a bullet journal enthusiast, university professor, passionate about preparing teachers to disrupt inequities & injustices in educational spaces.

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