“Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up into your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable than gray matter, and lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.”
~ Jack London
Dad always carried a small notebook and pen in his shirt pocket and when something came up that he wanted to remember he’d pull out his notepad and jot it down. What I’d give to have one of those that little treasures and be able to glimpse into what he considered important enough to make note of.
I’ve had a notebook of some manner for a good part of my adult life. Since I retired I started relying on my online calendar for appointments and used my notebook for lists, prayer requests, journal entries, brain dumping, writing ideas, and a multitude of other things. I’ve also used Evernote, Pages, Word, sticky notes, and have ended up with a hodgepodge mess with no organization.
This year I set up a personalized version of a bullet journal (http://bulletjournal.com) using a blank notebook I had on hand (I have a stack of them that I bought before we moved back to Canada fearing I’d not find the same ones here). I’m going to use it to keep track of dates and lists, random thoughts and projects, but also as a tool to help me stay on track with the focus areas I set for the year.
Intentional focus. Plus I get to use office supplies. Seems like a win-win to me.