A small pocket notebook. One that’s convenient enough to comfortably fit in your pocket. Throughout the day there are likely many times when you might think of something that you want to remember for later. Maybe it’s something that you need to do, or want to do… A project idea, something to research, or maybe something to add to a ‘buy’ list, etc.. There are tons of examples, but you know what I mean.
Here’s the problem… How do you remember all of those things? Especially as you are distracted by every-day life.
We all know that the older we get, the more we tend to forget ;) Unfortunately that’s just the way it is. However even for the younger folks, you might not remember ‘all’ of those ideas you had throughout the day…
Here’s what I do. And I’m republishing this because I need to renew this habit!
I keep (should keep) the following two things in a pocket. A mini pocket notebook, actually called a composition notebook, and one of those small bullet-style “space pen’s”.
Mini Marble Composition Books
(view on amzn)
I also bought this leather cover that perfectly fits the small pocket notebook listed above:
Refillable Leather Mini Composition Cover
I can write a quick note faster than I could type it into an electronic device, so I do it the old-fashioned way.
This small notebook stays with me (if I remember it – haha…) throughout the day. It fits easily in one of my cargo pants pockets with plenty room to spare. It is part of my every-day-carry. And I try to make it a habit every morning to include with my other pocket carry items.
CAUTION: When accidently running through the washing machine, your notes may become difficult to read ;)
I transfer some of the pocket notes to other lists which I keep on various formats. Like a pad of paper on the desk. Maybe a list / spreadsheet on my computer. Or a grocery list. Etc.. The point is this… At least I didn’t lose “the thought”, and it’s now recorded somewhere.
I love the small little ‘space pen’. It fits nicely in my pocket. It has a cap that will ensure that no ink will leak out (a click-pen will likely get clicked in your pocket – whoops). What about a pencil? Nope, the tip will break, or might poke holes through your pants, or jab your leg.
In summary, I thought that I would share this simple but effective technique which has been working for me. I tend to think of all sorts of ideas and things throughout the day – so I write it down. Some of it will get scratched off later (not all my ideas are good ones ;) ), but it sure has helped to keep track of things…
Do any of you have your own way of doing this?