How to write daily entries in a simple handwritten diary
I write a free-form diary in copybook.
This document describes a simple notation dedicated to make it a little more structured.
It involves certain equipment, that is not that hard to find though.
4 colour pen
(optionally) a “notebook toolbelt”, or a notebook with pockets
Date in the top-left corner, YYYY-MM-DD
Day of the week in the top right corner
Time of writing of each sub-entry at the left margin
Write a todo-list for the day
Circle important items with RED
Circle simple items with GREEN
Write your daily records after the todo-list
Never cross out incorrect text, always erase it
When an item is done, cross it out
When an item is “done for the day”, circle it with blue
When a item is “done for now”, circle it with the primary pencil (do that as many times as there are iterations)
Circle “easy” items with green
Black colour in the pen is unused; it can be utilised e.g. for the records other people may make in your diary (say, contacts)
I make the todo-list numbered, and try to keep high-priority items at the top, but this is hard to enforce