For all the time we spend writing in our notebooks, I am wondering how many of us are utilizing any kind of system for organizing their content?
My notebooks are unfortunately, neither labeled nor indexed. (And I actually own a label maker. I pulled it out last night after a frantic search for its proprietary USB cord only to discover that the labels have lost their stickiness…) I do however, note the date at the top of every entry which is better than nothing at all. (As my writings are typically stream of consciousness style, I’m not even sure how one would go about indexing that sort of mess.)
I once used a journal which had numbered pages and included a index. I thought it was a most excellent idea and wish Rhodia would consider adding that feature. (Is this a feature you would like to see added to the Webbies?) I actually bought an automatic numbering stamp machine to number my own pages, but I wanted to number the whole book in one shot and the ink didn’t dry fast enough and things got all smeary and the numbers were all uneven which drove me crazy… so it’s been sitting unused in a drawer for 5 years.
Do you have a favorite method of indexing your notebooks? Do share! If you you’ve been looking for one, check out these links below:
Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek talks about indexing his notebooks in this post: How to Take Notes Like an Alpha-Geek
The Art Of Personal Indexing: The Complete Guide To Indexing Your Paper Notes offers some great tips at The Technical Geekery
I found multiple versions of this notebook hack on the High Five blog which uses visual page cues along with “tags” at the back of the book.
Have you ever considered using The Bullet Journal Method? Is this helpful for journal writing or more as a planner?