For your brain and your ideas.
I don’t know about you, but I tend to forget things if I don’t write them down. And there is nothing more frustrating than having a great idea and having nothing to record it on.
I carry a notebook with me everywhere. But that’s only the first step.
I know that a lot of people use their phones, and I do as well, especially when I can’t actually handwrite something. But you are actually more likely to remember something if you handwrite it. That’s what makes the notebook so critical.
Why A Notebook?
I have notebooks everywhere, in my purse, beside my bed — anywhere I often spend time. But I recommend starting with one that goes with you everywhere. Why? Because in order for the notebook (or anything really, including your smartphone) to be effective, you have to review it regularly. And more than one notebook to start off with is too much when you are trying to create a habit.
I always have a notebook with me, I eavesdrop; I write down what people say. It’s very rare that one of those things will provoke a story, but I think that that kind of paying attention all the time, and keeping everything open, lets the stories come in. But where they come from is still a mystery to me.
The good news for you tech lovers is that you can still use your favorite tech. But at a time of your choosing rather than as an impulse reaction. We’re all aware of the ways blue light affects us, so reducing the time spent with it helps. Plus you won’t have that bright light hurting your eyes when you are trying to sleep but got a wicked cool idea…and no blue light preventing you from sleeping for a while after. Never mind reduced eye strain.
The Review Process
This can be as simple or as complex as you want, as long as it gets done. I simply go over what I have written down each week on Sundays and send things to the appropriate place. To do’s go to Todoist, notes to Evernote as well as ideas for articles (which also receive a task in Todoist), you get the idea.
I’m a compulsive note-taker, and I used to feel self-conscious about pulling out my little notebook and taking notes during a casual conversation. Then I noticed that people really seemed to enjoy it; the fact that I was taking notes made their remarks seem particularly insightful or valuable. Now I don’t hold myself back.
I like the mashup of analog and digital tech, as it allows me to use everything at my disposal to make myself more productive. Your mileage may vary, of course.
How do you take notes? What processes work for you? Respond and give us all the 411!
Raiscara is a disabled single mom of one darling daughter. She fights the good fight every day, and somehow generally remains positive, despite her many challenges. Her interests are as varied as the stars, and she blogs at https://www.raiscaraavalon.com.
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