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How do you keep track of your notes, ideas, thoughts, and the like?
I’ve experimented with various methods of notetaking and thought tracking. I used to use a Palm Pilot. That didn’t last long, as I found the games to be a distraction. Then I switched to using my laptop. That didn’t last long, as I hated getting it out and turning it on just to write a four word reminder to myself. Then I tried my cell phone, but my phone sucks and won’t let me save notes or use texts to send to myself or save for later.
My current method is to find whatever scrap piece of paper is around to write on. This usually ends up being old receipts, business cards, or napkins. When I’m in church I always scribble all over the ward bulletin, taking notes as I listen and ponder throughout the day, think of things for later scripture study, and record personal inspiration and random thoughts.
I’m sick of having all my ideas, thoughts, and reminders be so scattered and temporary. So in pondering a solution to my situation, I decided to purchase a Moleskine notebook.
The story goes as follows:
Moleskine is the legendary notebook used by European artists and thinkers for the past two centuries, from Van Gogh tot Picasso, from Ernest Hemingway to Bruce Chatwin.
Originally produced by small French bookbinders who supplied the Parisian stationary shops frequented by the international anvant-garde, by the end of the twentieth century the Moleskine notebook was no longer available. In 1986, the last manufacturer of Moleskine, a family operation in Tours, closed its shutters forever.
In 1998, a small Milanese publisher brought Moleskine back again. As the self-effacing keeper of an extraordinary tradition, Moleskine once again began to travel the globe. To capture reality on the move, pin down details, impress upon paper unique aspects of experience: Moleskine is a reservoir of ideas and feelings, a battery that stores discoveries and perceptions, and whose energy can be tapped over time.
The legendary black notebook is once again being passed from one pocket to the next; with its various different page styles it accompanies the creative professions and the imagination of our time. The adventure of Moleskine continues, and its still-blank pages will tell the rest.
I bought the pocket-sized ruled notebook, which is a little larger than the pocket-size LDS hymnal. I already love it, and hope it does for me what other notetaking methods have not been able to do.
What do you use?