Implementing the Learning4LIFE journal with the Managing Moments and TUL Notebook
Week 1: 09-21-2020 to 09-27-2020
Our first week of maintaining Ananth's Learning4LIFE journal with the Managing Moments kit and a TUL notebook.
Two pages for each macro-project
Page 1: Monthly Micro-project Map
Record/update SMART goals for a project you are doing this month. Track project on micro-project.
Page 2: Moments and Daily Activities
Record moments and daily activities
Write about a moment when you became aware of the micro-project possibility.
We have been aware of the possibility of using the Managing Moments kit and TUL notebook for journaling for more than a year. See discovery of TUL notebook section later in this post.
Write about a moment when you discovered a project that was doable with the resources at hand.
Managing Ananth's BBA study using the Managing Moments kit and TUL notebook became doable when he received the printed materials. While he had started studying, it became much easier to plan and organize study with printed materials.
Write about a moment when you decided on your direction by committing to the micro-project.
We decided to set up the study planner in the TUL notebook on 09-20-2020.
Write about a moment when you saw how to use your capacities and resources to get the micro-project done.
Now, we have started using the TUL notebook to organize memorization, diagramming, writing, and other learning activities.
Write about a moment when you saw some transformation or progress from your current state to your desired future state because of the micro-project.
We have a clear design of the journal with the micro-projects on one side and daily activities/moments on the other side. Once this month is over, we can easily move the micro-projects page to the October section in the TUL notebook.
The Managing Moments Kit and TUL Notebook
A key moment in the development of the Managing Moments journal was the development of the kit by Tamaala Arts. The notepaper, post-its, clips, and other elements of the kit nudged me to a design with small movable parts. While some of the elements of our journal are from the TUL notebook system, others (notepaper, post-its, and clips are from the Managing Moments kit!
Ananth and I want to share our experiences with the TUL notebook to show some ways of organizing information in the Managing Moments journal. Additional information about the TUL discbound notebook system is available here.The Managing Moments journal can be maintained in any diary or with electronic tools (Googlesheet, Thortspace, Prezi etc.). The TUL notebook is a versatile and flexible system that allows me to experiment with different formats and share with the Managing Moments community.
It is not necessary to use the TUL notebook. The kit can be used with any notebook. We are using the TUL notebook has features (e.g., moving pages and other elements around easily) that when combined with the small movable elements of the Managing Moments kit increases flexibility and helps us demonstrate the Managing Moments process more effectively
Discovering the TUL notebook
I had recorded the moment when I became aware of the TUL notebook system. I experimented with the notebook and then discontinued use. I stopped using it because the journaling process was not fully developed. It was easier to experiment in Thortspace. Now that the design is complete, we want to use Thortspace and manual tools to better serve different users.
Today, I came across the TUL planner and notebook system.
I purchased a 2020 planner but could easily add some sheets and divider to organize the Managing Moments journal for the rest of this year.
The approach can be as simple or as sophisticated as we want. I want to use the TUL system to show the range of approaches possible.
Since I purchased the 2020 planner, I added dividers to create sections for the remaining months of August. I can also use these dividers to continue using the journal beyond 2020. While the initial cost of a TUL notebook is high, it has many advantages. Pages and dividers can be added, re-arranged, and taken out easily. I can choose the type of paper. For example, I find simple paper with a space for title and date at top works better for me than daily calendar pages with date and time for each day.
I also like the TUL task list. I can think of different ways for using this task list in the weekly pages.
If I buy a punch for discbound system, I can add any type of paper (different sizes, index cards etc.). However, the punch is expensive. Thus, I purchased extra sheets with space for title and date at top for the binder. That is enough for what I want to do at this time.