Throughout much of my career I’ve opted to carry a notebook. I suppose it is my own form of “idea GPS”. (Moments of clarity deserve to be recorded.)
Notebooks have so much to offer, including a dose of balance to our ever-growing online lives. They are easy companions and can accompany you on business trips, vacations and rare moments of solitude. I suppose other methods might prove to be superior in certain situations. However, there is nothing like putting pen to paper. (The physical process of writing helps to commit information to long-term memory and can aid idea development.)
Da Vinci utilized notebooks and that alone is good reason to employ one. He often used mirror-writing — but don’t let that deter you. Mirror writing is optional.
In the past, I’ve carried standard spiral notebooks (I enjoy college logos). However, today there are so many interesting choices that I splurge on notebooks that catch my eye. They are little like a “statement” piece. The purchase is an everyday luxury, like a really great cup of coffee.
My notebook habit may seem old-fashioned. However, it’s a habit I don’t intend to break. I have some quirky habits that are captured. For example, glancing at my notebook “system”, there are project notes and “to do” lists at the front and client interview notes toward the back (dated with contact phone numbers). On the very last page, I keep a running list of discovered music to visit on YouTube.
I’m sure your system is equally as quirky.
However, notebooks are very forgiving.
Below you’ll find a few interesting options. Click on the item photo or link to learn more, read reviews or purchase.
I hope you find a notebook that can help your great ideas come to life!
Rhodia: This one is great for meetings:
Hand Crafted & Playful:
Blooming Branch Notebook by Fabulous Cat Papers: http://tidd.ly/29884294
Custom Spiral Option by Paperien Co.: http://tidd.ly/12a622fb
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