A recent post on mypenneedsink.com about writing things down caught my eye. I asked the writer if I could have permission to use the first paragraph of his post to share with all of you on Rhodia Drive. I thought his ideas might spark some good conversation and insights from the group, on whether is notebook system, and writing things down vs. typing on a keyboard has additional benefits besides the pleasure of writing. As our conversation progressed, I asked him if he would like to write about the topic on Rhodia Drive. I am delighted to introduce Bob, from My Pen Needs Ink. Visit him there for other pens, paper and ink adventures.
Hello from a guest poster you may not recognize, though I hope to change that in the future. I’m Bob and I blog over at www.mypenneedsink.com about pens, paper, writing accessories and life experiences of a pen enthusiast. I was honored to be asked by Karen to guest post here on Rhodia Drive about my use of project notebooks. I hope to hear from you and get the opportunity to share experiences.
I think writing things down makes me smarter. OK, maybe not really smarter but at least a better retainer of information. I have always had a To Do list personality but I get more benefit from penning thoughts than just writing tasks down and crossing them off later. I seem to retain knowledge better when I record my thoughts with ink on paper. I have recently converted to a journal or notebook for each of the variety of projects that keep me busy. The board of my home owners association, my daughter’s wedding, longer term home improvement projects and the like. These usually require meetings or visits outside my home or office whether it’s over lunch with my daughter or at the home center for that next piece of lumber. I just grab the appropriate project notebook, my favorite pen and I’m ready.
One could successfully argue that the safety of paper notebooks is risky due to loss or damage but I would call it a wash since electronic media can crash, get damaged and get lost as well.
My preferred format is the side staple bound notebook with fountain pen friendly paper. The side staple format lays flat in my briefcase and stacks easily on the desk. Each notebook has a label on the front and the back courtesy of the little plastic tape label makers you can get at any of the office supply stores. Labeling front and back helps with quick retrievals when fumbling around in my briefcase.
All my entries start with a date and after that it’s free form. It could be a contact phone number, a window treatment measurement, a drawing, a price quote or any type of information that is hard fro me to keep track of in the different formats of the electronic project management software/apps.
I’m not building space shuttles but for me juggling right at my capacity of what I want to do and what I need to do these notebooks work great for me.
What do you think? Have you found writing things down help build your knowledge base?