Continuing our Featured Reader series, here is Vince to show us how he uses his ME journals. I had never seen these in action before so I was very interested in his post! It’s really cool how you can add digital content to your paper journal.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Vince. I’ve been married to my college sweetheart going on 17 years. We have 4 children ranging in age from 15-6, plus a beagle named Snoopy and a sweet little cat named Nyan. bivocational: I have a career in Quality Control and Compliance, and I am also the Associate Pastor at our church.
I received B.A. degrees in Spanish and Political Science, and a Masters in Public Administration/Finance from Kent State University, and a Masters in Theological Studies from Malone University.
I am a voracious reader and journaler. I love music, all kinds, although by far my favourite band is Skillet! I am also a HUGE hockey fan and a proud fan of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Do you have a blog/ website?
How long have you been using Quo Vadis planners and/ or notebooks?
I have been using Quo Vadis for a little over a year now and loving it!
Which Quo Vadis planners and/ or notebooks are you using now?
currently using 2 Quo Vadis ME journals: the standard/large size and the pocket size.
Please tell us some details on how you are using them.
I have a different use for each journal. My standard red ME Journal is my everyday journal. I love it! Love the paper, love the extra size (as opposed to the world of 5×8), love the tactile feel of the cover in my hands. I have what I consider a somewhat unique journaling style: I kind of bullet point and list all of my activities, and some detail, all in a list format. I sit and actually journal every 2-3 days, and just make it all in a list style format. Different, but it really works for me.
I use the ME multimedia function by uploading pics or video of whatever writing about to help augment to the journal entry.
For instance, this year at the school Christmas Concert for my youngest, it was the last year for the teacher after 30 years of teaching. I was able to record the grand finale and upload to my ME album. Now, not only can I read about it, I can relive the moment as I read my entry.
On another example, I went to a seminar at a local university, I really liked one of the slides shown, so I was able to snap a picture of it with my phone. Next day, I wrote about in my ME journal, and then uploaded the slide info that I want to keep. Sure helped to not have to write feverishly as I was sitting at the conference!!
My pocket sized ME I use exclusive as a reading log. As reading a book, or creating a devotional, if I come across a quote I want to keep, or a picture I want to keep, I snap a picture of it and have it saved on my album.
For me, the ME is just a perfect journal. Paper quality and build quality are just beyond anything else I have seen on the market, and having the ability to save a picture or video to reinforce what I write is a great feature. Plus the ME app and interface is straight forward and easy to use unlike some other text to digital applications that are out there.
What is your favorite Quo Vadis product?
What is the future for paper planners?
I think there will always be a place for paper planners and journals. There is something to be said for the tactile component of learning, retaining, and comprehending information that cannot be replicated digitally.
Are the Quo Vadis planner formats still useful or do we need to develop other kinds of layouts? (and if so what are your suggestions?)
I would LOVE either a Habana or an ME with double the pages in it!! I would really like just a little more paper.
What are your biggest time management challenges?
With 2 jobs, 4 kids, and a wife, my whole life is a time management challenge! But as with anything, with communication, diligence, and some understanding, we manage through it.
How many notebooks do you have in use at once?
3 at once: 1) Personal journal, 2) Reading log, 3) work notebook (soon to be a Journal 21)
What are the most important features of a notebook for you?
Paper quality, build quality, and amount of paper in the journal itself.
Thanks so much Vince for showing us how you use your ME journals! It’s really neat to see these in action.