I’m a huge fan of all things practical. I also love customizing everything I get my hands on. So, I suppose it is only natural that I just had to take my paper journal just a step further. But I wasn’t just geeking out. I had some problems to solve!
Can you relate to any of these problems?
- When I come across a web page that I want to either write about or do more research on, I hate the idea of hand writing in a URL and I don’t want to fuss with my endless browser bookmarks (I know… there’s an app for that…)
- Many times I download a whitepaper or a form that I want to come back to later and it is related to one of the goals or pages in my journal – I confess that I’ve been tempted to print the item, fold it and put it in my journal
- Sometimes I take a handwritten idea and I go digital with it but I’m frustrated later because I lose quick access to my idea when I’m looking through my journal (which I often do)
There are probably other problems I’ll solve with the method I’m about to show you, but I’ll save those for another post.
Here’s the solution in three steps:
- Create a blank online document (G Suite, O365, etc)
- Create a QR code that links to the document
- Print and stick the QR code on a page in your journal
Now all you have to do is scan the QR code, open the document and then paste links or add additional information to the document. Scaling this idea is simple. I created a folder in G Suite called Journal QR Links. I then created a dozen blank documents and named them 1 – 12. I used my Brother thermal label printer which can print on little 1″ square stickers and printed a QR code for each document. My journal has a pocket in the back and I just dropped each of the stickers in the pocket. Whenever I wish to add a digital link to any page in my journal, I just stick one of the stickers on the page and scan it. The scanned page opens and I simply rename the page to the numbered page in my journal and then add whatever content I want.
It works great!
Here’s exactly what I used:
- Moleskine Notebook (the best!)
- Brother QL-700 Printer
- Brother DK1221 Labels
- Brother P-Touch Editor Software
- G Suite
- Quick QR Code Generator (Chrome Extension)