“I’m not writing it down to remember it later, I’m writing it down to remember it now.” This is the tag line for Field Notes, the iconic American brand of pocket notebooks.
It’s been about a year now since I’ve been carrying a pocket notebook with me. Using it as a place to capture my daily to do list, details about my day, grocery lists, random thoughts and more. It’s crazy to say, but the simple choice of carrying a note book has been one of the best things I could have done on so many levels.
In the age of the smart phone and thousands of amazing digital resources, this analog way of capturing data still stands on its own. A notebook will never run out of battery or crash. It will always work in what ever environment you're in. That kind of reliability is priceless.
So what are the benefits of pocket notebook?
My mind is a busy place.
There is so much going on inside and so much stimulus from the outside world. When I have an idea, I don't lose it or have to try and remember it. I can caputre it quckliy and circle back to it when the time is right. If there is a new task that I need to get done, I can capture it.
I can capture information quickly.
Meet someone new? Write their number down. Need to record the dimensions of something? Write it down. Somebody tell you about a new movie to watch? Write it down. Did you read something that you want to remember? Write it down.
Use it to log information about your day.
It's a great way to log what you do through out the day. Your to do list. People you have meetings with. Random thoughts you have, funny things you hear in conversation. The possibilites of what you can capture are endless! That's what makes pocket notebooks so valuable. You are only limited by your creativity.
I use a Field Notes pocket notebook and generally a Fisher Bullet Space Pen.
On the left side page, I write out my daily to do list, using the 1-3-5 system. One big task, 3 medium tasks, and then 5 little tasks. In the middle right side, I log my expenses for the day. And on the bottom of that page, I log what I eat throughout the day. Then, on the right side, its free form. Gather anything that I might possibly want to think about or deal with later. There’s no filter here. I log what I do through the day. Random thoughts. New things that I might need to do. Names and phone numbers of people I meet. Movies, books, or anything else I may want to check out. This space is really meant to capture anything and everything.
Then either daily or weekly, I take time to process everything that I’ve written and figure out what to do with it. I pull out my iPad, my notebook and start dealing with it. Notes, calendar, contacts, reminders, etc.
This process is so helpful to me.
So that’s it. The pocket notebook is an essential part of my daily routine. It keeps me organized. It helps keep me on task. It makes me less forgetful. All of those are worth carrying it.
How do you use your pocket notebook?
Above is my collection of used Field Notes since I have started using them. Go check @fieldnotesbrand out!