I am at 99 books for the year.
Yes that is one book (actually less then 30 minutes) away from reaching my goal of 100 books for the year. It is not even August yet.
This has taught me one very valuable lesson for next year.
I want to read everything and I want to have read it all yesterday. Yet looking back I see so many books that really were not worth the time I put into reading them. I feel horrible saying it, but it is true.
There are so many wonderful books to read that I do not have to try to rush through all the junk to get to the gems. My goal for the rest of the year is to reach out for the books worth reading.
It is ironic that I am saying this on the verge of the N.E.W.T.s Reading Challenge. I have 15 books planned to read in the month of August. Looking at all of them I can tell you that there may be a few adjustments. I plan to allow myself to start "DNF," or not finishing, books that are not grabbing me.
I started this adjustment with Girl Fights Back. The writing had promise, but when the plot became ridiculous I just could not finish. I then finished Peak (I still need to write a review) that is a life changing book on the psychology of expertise. I highly recommend this book! I finished out the week finishing up a book for work called Degrees That Matter a book about measuring learning in higher education.
I have been using a "bullet" journal for many years now. I started with paper and then moved over to using an iPad exclusively. I started by using Notability, but I moved over to GoodNotes shortly after. I love how GoodNotes uses specific journals and allows me to organize them.
I create a new journal every month. This allows me to not get bored and allows me to make edits for changes for things that did not work the month before. I create the journal in Keynote on my iPad and then transfer it over to GoodNotes for use.
These pictures were taken from the document in Keynote.
The first page in my bullet journal is a 2018 monthly calendar. I downloaded this page (and most of the other) from Scattered Squirrel. This is to help me for future planing to help me know when a date is. I can also write notes in it. Although, for actual future appointments I usually put them in my phone calendar.
I placed the pages onto a matching background. The pages are lined up side by side with a spiral in the middle to mimic a paper binder. I did not create tabs for this month. Mostly it is because this is a brand new planner I am creating and I did not have time to finish it. I already miss the tabs.
I have put an index on the second page. Next to this I have put a month overview page. This is a way to plan for goals and an monthly overview. I cannot remember where I found this page. When I do I will post it here.
Next I have the monthly budget that is also by Scattered Squirrel. I think I will recreate my own next month. This does not quite have what I need. I left the right page blank so I can use it to plan and keep tally. I may make this a lined page next month.
I am also working on paying of debt and creating a savings account. I find the visual way of keeping track to be helpful in making me keep going towards my goal. Since I do monthly journals I do have to update them every month instead of keeping using the same page. It is a trade off, but one I do not mind.
Next I have my daily pages. The sheet is also from Scattered Squirrel. I pre-number them before I save them to a pdf. This is the first time I have used these daily pages. I created my own last month, but I was bored with them. I searched through a lot of daily pages to find the one that I thought would be the most useful for my needs.
Next I have added Journal pages. The first is an index that I will create as I add the days to the page. They will not be linked this way, but it will be useful when I am going back to look at the pages.
I also have another collection of Notes pages. It looks just like my journal pages. I use the notes pages mostly for my work meetings. However, they are also useful for personal notes.
I hope that you enjoy looking at my digital journal. I will show you my setup again next month.
As many of you know I have a book box subscription with Page Habit. I enjoy it, but I wanted to look into other book subscriptions as well. I decided on a book subscription that was hosted by Cratejoy.
I was under the impression that by picking a subscription box from Cratejoy would give me more protection as a buyer. It is a massive company that hosts multiple subscription services. The third step in using Cratejoy is "You Subscribe with Confidence." Unfortunately, this is total BS.
I subscribed to a book box company that was on Cratejoy. I waited for the box to arrive. After a month I realized that it should have come and went back to the site. The company had been removed from Cratejoy.
So, I contacted Cratejoy. The customer service emails are written extremely nicely. They are also extremely vague and offer no help whatsoever. It took multiple emails just to get contact information for the company - I got a gmail address. Seriously, if I took people's money and ran I would not be logging into that email address anytime soon. They had no other way of reaching out to the company. Their grand solution was to file a claim with the credit card company.
Yes, I can do this. Yes I have done this. However, is not the point of Cratejoy to "Subscribe with Confidence?" They offer zero claims or assurances. They refuse to provide any policy. They take days to respond, but when I did not respond back to them they offered to close my ticket. It was less then 24 hours from their last response - on a Sunday.
I am sure there are great subscription companies on Cratejoy. This is not about them. This is about Cratejoy as a company. The bottom line is they are in it to collect money. That is it. They will happily sell you a subscription to a non legit company. Then you are on your own.
My advice is to stay away. Work directly with any subscription company. Before joining a subscription company make sure others have worked with them for an extended period of time.
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