I have received many asks for this! And yayyy, finally a post on it! Thank you to @obsidianstudy in guiding me on how to do a tutorial (ノ^ヮ^)ノ*:・゚✧

If you still have any questions after this, feel free to ask me!

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// Might be late to this bandwagon, but I absolutely love this application. Have been using it for 5 months and it’s helped me stay organized + productive (two favorite words, mmm). It can be useful in so many ways for almost anyone, but I specifically use it as a “lab encyclopedia”.

Why I Use It:

After reading so many articles about very specific methods / results, I realized I couldn’t remember them all and I needed to summarize - but I wanted a depot for all the summaries so it would be useful for me. I also wanted to keep track of the theory behind some of the research I do, like why certain proteins aren’t present in rat liver naturally, or how to take care of certain cell lines I use.

How I Keep It:

Within the notebook “Lab Encyclopedia” (I’ve got other notebooks that I use with my supervisor and we share experimental plans and debriefing of meetings on it), I’ve got 10 tabs/chapters

  1. Project (list of experiments do to for all the projects I’m working on)
  2. Pathology (theory behind the disease(s) I’m focused on)
  3. Organs (theory on how disease affects the organ, what we already know)
  4. Organelles (articles on the disease + particular organelles play a role)
  5. Proteins (known proteins involved in particular disease/metabolism)
  6. Methods (theory behind experimental methods (not actual procedure))
  7. Cell Lines (information on all the cell lines I work on)
  8. Pathways (protein signalling pathways in articles that seem intriguing)
  9. Possible Antibodies (narrowed-down list of proteins to look at, and where to find them in stores + reason they’re interesting)
  10. UB (R code for programming for bioinformatic analysis for a project)

*Within these tabs, I’ve got specific pages for each section. For example, under “General Pathology”, there are 3 pages: “Fatty Liver Disease”, “Obesity”, “Insulin Resistance”.

How I Use It:

I started the encyclopedia off by taking a review article that combined info from a lot of good articles, and jotted down the main ideas. Whenever I got to terms that I wanted to remember, like “nonalcoholic fatty liver disease” versus “nonaslcoholic steatohepatitis”, I wrote them down and found simple definitions for them and highlighted the word (like a dictionary). When I want to talk about a good article and their results, I put them all under a heading like “fatty liver disease and insulin resistance”, include the link (displaying the name and authors instead of the link), and then a nice little summary.

Some of these pages I share with my supervisor (like the antibodies page), but I actually have a separate notebook that I share completely with him that includes all meeting details so that we’re on the same page when I leave a meeting with him.

On my phone, I use the OneNote app, and it comes with a list feature. I included a list of all the experiments I need to do for each of the projects I work on (my thesis + collaboration projects) - down to the specific trial number so that I can get some satisfaction after spending 3 days on a trial.

I’m sorry this was a long description for something that not many people are going to use it for, but I thought if I described it, someone might be inspired to use it in a different and personalized way as well!

After trying many apps considered to be the best inventions since sliced bread (and, of course, finding out they weren’t), these are my ultimate favourites: 

  • CamScanner: A real life saver. You won’t need again a scanner, only a smartphone with a decent camera quality.  
  • Duolingo: Almost self-explanatory, one of the best apps for learning languages. You don’t know what you’re missing out until you give it a try. 
  • OneNote: It is most useful if you also use OneNote on your laptop. Sure enough, the mobile app gives you full access to every document you have in there. 
  • OneDrive: OneNote’s sibling, and in my opinion much better than Dropbox, with 15GB of free space. It makes more sense to use this app in your laptop as well. 
  • Infinite Storm & 8tracks: If you are like me and you work better with some classical music or nature sounds, these two will save you precious time on deciding what to listen to. Infinite Storm only for iOS. 
  • DropTime: Pomodoro app, and keeps a record of your sessions. 

Have a nice day! x

I’m going to be documenting my attempts at not only making notes on paper, but also transferring these onto OneNote.

1. Create a notebook. If you use a specific colour for each subject, use the same colour for the OneNote notebook. For example, I use blue=geography, red=biology, purple=english and black=photography. In this example, I’ll be creating my Biology notebook - that means picking a nice shade of red.

2. Create a place to put your course specification. This can also be used as a place to store information about exams, which is what I’ll be using it for. This means I can easily see what units and information I need to know. As well as the above, I’ve included a page for a grade tracker - I’m not too sure if I’ll use this yet, but the space is there if I decide it’s a good idea.

3. Create a divider for each module, unit or topic. Personally, I’ll be doing it by module, with topic subpages. I’m not sure whether I’m continuing to A2 with biology, but I’ve created the section for it should I decide to. Also, if I pass this file on to other people, they’ll have a place to add in more notes.

4. Colour code each section, trying to keep to a colour scheme. I’ve stuck to using red tabs, because it’s the only colour I’m using for biology, but you could use monochrome or similar/contrasting colours - it’s up to you completely.

If this is a thing people like, I might do more posts showing my progress through making the notes. It’ll inspire me to keep at it, too. Now all I need to do is figure out a set way of making notes - for example, text size and font for the main body, tips and header. Please reblog/like to support!

Paper-Free Bullet Journal

So, bullet journaling. It’s been showing up on my dash more and more recently and I finally checked it out.

I was immediately hooked and started looking up where I could get a nice, sturdy, pretty journal. The $25+ price tags threw me off - that’s a LOT for a notebook. Even a pretty notebook. Especially because I’m notorious for getting excited about stuff and then forgetting it. Not to mention I’m exponentially faster at typing than I am at handwriting.

But, I have my Surface Pro with me all the time, and it’s got OneNote. I love OneNote. 

So, I’ve adapted the “ Analog Note-Taking System” to OneNote, and I’m going to be using it starting in 2015. I’m starting to set it up now, though…

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Book of Shadows for the Digital Witch

I think that there is somewhat of a stigma that comes along with being Wiccan, Pagan, or any sort who uses a digital Book of Shadows or other type of digital journal to keep organized within their practice… I’ve had flack from Wiccan friends who insist that you need to have a hard copy and it’s lame if you don’t have some kind of fancy journal that you’ve made or spent a fortune on. 

While I understand the novelty of a huge, leather-bound journal filled with pages upon pages of mystery and magic, written exclusively in ink made from natural pigments with a feather-turned-quill that was scavenged from the bottom of your raven familiar’s cage… 

Well… I don’t have that kind of time or money. 

Instead, after trying to keep organized on paper for so long and experiencing nothing but frustration over trying to find specific spells or recipes in an efficient manner and coming up empty, I have opted to become, what I like to call, a Digital Witch.

I have always had a terrible time writing things down in a journal and keeping them organized in a way that will make sense to me when I come back to look at it. On top of that, I sometimes have a hard time reading what I’ve written, and I have a mean lazy streak and prefer to type, or in some cases “Ctrl C, Ctrl V”.

Recently, I’ve begun using Microsoft OneNote as my Book of Shadows. The format is perfect for this, as you can create a notebook with sections, and pages within those sections. You can even include pictures, which is perfect for anybody who has a visual memory… you can just snap pictures of your process and stick them in next to the instructions.

With digital witchery, If you need to do a ritual and can’t have your laptop nearby or have a stationary computer, you can simply print out the page needed… this is less cumbersome than an entire journal, and you can stick it into a protective plastic sheet to keep it away from oils, candle wax, water, and other elements that might mess up the paper. 

When you’re finished, you can even stick it in a binder or folder for later use so you don’t need to print it again if it’s something you will use often. No more flipping through pages and pages in a book to find what you need, or messy post-it note page markers!

I’ve listed below a few options for any other people who are as frustrated as I was, or are interested in going digital for any reason;

  • Microsoft OneNote (free for PC or Mac) - Great for use as a Book of Shadows due to it’s high organization and customization.
  • Diaro (free online journal with phone apps) - This one is really cool, especially if you need to keep track of ideas on the go or like to be able to make entries from any device. It is a daily journal, so I don’t see it being as suitable for use as a Book of Shadows, but that is all personal preference.
  • mySchoolNotebook (free online note-keeping with phone apps) - This one is awesome for the coven that shares their BoS with one-another, since you can connect through Facebook and share notebooks with each-other. 
  • Evernote (free for PC or Mac) - Similar to OneNote with its high organizational features, however it is more business oriented and a bit more difficult to use at first. 

I hope some of you find this information helpful, and I hope that the stigma against digital witchery someday stops.

Blessed be!


6-11-‘14 7:54pm | typing out notes.
Since my handwriting sucks, typing my notes in Onenote is a lifesaver. I get to revise them and be able to print them out later. I tried Onenote before but didn’t really like it until I rediscovered it on my iPad. With the insert feature i can take a picture of whatever i cant type and keep on typing. So i always have a notebook on hand to write when I’m in the mood to and jot down drawings, diagrams or anything and insert them and do it all neatly in Onenote. When I can I prefer to type it instantly instead of writing first (go green?). Enough with the rambling, time to get busy and drink that coffee