Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Do you Ink it When You Think It?



A comment to a recent post mentioned the concept of “Ink it when you think it” which in it’s simplicity, seems to be an absolute golden gem of advice for capturing and retaining our fleeting thoughts. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve lost what I thought at the time was a brilliant idea because I didn’t take the time to write it down. “Oh, that’s so good, I’ll remember that for sure!” Then POOF! It’s gone.

The frustrating thing about this is that I always have pen and paper close at hand- or at the very least, a note taking app on my phone. So I am capturing some things, but not as much as I would like. In this article by Sam Horn, she mentions the use of a small tablet or notebook carried with you everywhere which if dedicated to this particular process, might not be a bad idea for me to try. (I’m thinking Rhodia Unlimited) 

How about you? What is your process for retaining your own fleeting thoughts?

Image courtesy of Kookymakes on Instagram

4 thoughts on “Do you Ink it When You Think It?

  1. Small but beautifully formed. That’s the little 3″ x 5″ Rhodia notebook that lives in the left side back pocket of my jeans. The Pilot V5 fineliner lives in an upright pocket elsewhere in whatever I am wearing. It lives way too deep at the moment as we have only 1 degree here in UK at the start of spring! Later my keyword notes that are deemed worthy of further expansion are transferred to my Midori Traveler’s Notebook at home. [Ooops! Have I just blasphemed? Will I be struck off the Rhodia fan club international list? … never mind, it works for me]

  2. I write everything down… always. I forget everything, even when I repeat it to myself over and over. I just forget. I don’t know if I have a terrible memory or I just get distracted easily. It drives me nuts because every tiny detail has to be written down! On the bright side, I get to write a lot :)

  3. I always carry a “pocket briefcase” filled with 3 x 5 notecards. One side has a writing easel that grips cards at the ends. It also has three separate pockets. One pocket holds a supply of blank cards, one serves as the “inbox” for used cards, and the third one is where I keep reference cards that I need repeatedly.

    When I get to my destination (office or home), I simply empty the inbox and restock the blank cards as needed.

    My pen of choice is a Uniball Signo Micro. Love those clicker pens!


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