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App or book to organize everything on my homestead

 
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Every year, I seem to go through the same thing. Looking for a way to organize all my ideas. Daily To-do lists. Projects. And to have a current weather temp. Then I get sidetracked by everything and never find what I need.

I have a growing homestead with chickens, goats and a donkey. I’m learning to grow a garden.

Does anyone have a way to stay organized with all the projects they are working on? I would like an app that also records the current outside temperature. Something to record my animals too?

Thanks!
 
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I use a A4 notepad and a biro.
 
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Hi Lori,  You could have a look through this thread: https://permies.com/t/33784/document-gardening-Farm-journal-garden and see if anything jumps out as maybe working for you.
I have the same issue and I haven't found anything that works consistently. I kept a 'blog, but because it was public it doesn't record the messy bits (that everyone has). I write quite a bit now on Permies, and always have a couple of notebooks on the go, but am not discplined on writing stuff up I'm afraid.
For weather records I tend to just look online -  there are private weather stations not far away that will give weather data that is not too different from mine. They won't have your specific data, or inside your greenhouse for example, though.
 
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Something that you could do right here on the permies forum is to start a topic in the projects forum with lots of pictures:

https://permies.com/f/69/projects

Here is one example:

https://permies.com/t/40/152566/permaculture-projects/Home-garden-Japan#1326491

 
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I tried tons of things. I find that a cheapo notebook with lots of pages is best for me. No themes, no rules, just ANYTHING can be written. I do write the date at the beginning of any entry, be it journal, planning, etc, because that really helps with looking back and making it useful. I also try to skip lines or open space because inevitably I will want to go back and write additional notes or addendums when reflecting.

If most of what you write, plan, and log is text, then a regular straight-line ruled notebook is probably best.

If you do a lot of designing then a bullet journal (one with tons of dots) or a graph paper journal might work better.
 
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John C Daley wrote:I use a A4 notepad and a biro.



What's a biro?
Staff note (Nancy Reading) :

A biro is a generic name (UK) for a ball point pen - (like hoover would mean a vacuum cleaner)

 
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We have found that the best way to keep temperature records, of on-site temperature, is with either an outdoor thermometer or better yet an indoor- outdoor thermometer. We check the thermometer each day in the early morning for low temperatures and midday for high temperatures and record the numbers on a wall calendar (along with important Activities and Weather events occurring that day). Several calendars can be stacked one behind the other so that several years of events can be quickly accessed!
For things to do list, we use a yellow legal pad on a clipboard and merely make a list of things that need to be done and cross them off as finished.
Simple is often times adequate.
 
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