What does your trusty old notebook say about you?

//What does your trusty old notebook say about you?

What does your trusty old notebook say about you?


Taking notes, tracking your to-do lists… it’s all very personal.  A system honed over time, weather-tested.

I’ve tried about every option out there and I keep trying to move to an all-electronic method.  Then I end up having things half electronic and the other half on paper – it’s all quite frustrating.

For me, there is something about pen to paper.  I guess it’s old school.  My kids laugh when I say, write it down, and then they tap it into their phone.

My house is full of personal assistants, Google Home, Echo… we have them all – in some rooms both are present, ever listening.  The only thing I use them for is the daily news briefing when I’m making coffee and to play music while I’m cooking – a glorified stereo for me I guess.

Other people are really taking advantage of them though, adding items to shopping lists that the whole family can access, adding their contacts in so anyone can be called by voice, adding in reminders…  I need to get on the bandwagon.

But at work, I go into a meeting with my notebook and my laptop.  Others are using tablets and handwriting notes on glass.  I have noticed a very distinct advantage to this that is driving me to make the shift, finally, once and for all over to electronic notebooks.  All the previous notes on that topic are in one place when electronic – with my paper system, I have to flip back to the day the last discussion on a topic took place.  Since I go through a notebook a month, this causes me a lot of time wasted, flipping back.  My colleagues, however, have all notes on that topic at their fingertips.  There just more productive.

There is one other thing to think about if you’re not ready to give up your paper notebook… is it supporting the stereotype that older workers are not technologically versed, resistant to change?  I hate to admit it but I think it does perpetuate that image and I’m determined to change it and move to an electronic system.

What works for you?


By | 2018-08-16T11:29:32+00:00 August 16th, 2018|Women with Dynamic Purpose|2 Comments

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  1. Sharla August 16, 2018 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    A quandary worthy of discussion!

    This calls to mind an interesting study shared on NPR about the value of note-taking by hand for memory retention. Basically, you remember words you WRITE far better than words you TYPE ( https://www.npr.org/2016/04/17/474525392/attention-students-put-your-laptops-away ) And I do want a strong memory.

    But for people like me with horrible handwriting, typing is better for notes that I must share with others or return to later. (I certainly can’t just write on my tablet. That’s the worst of both options for me! ) However, then I must remember in which online file I put them! I’m trying different online programs, but so far none of them suits me just right.
    Emmy’s flipping back and forth is like my clicking and searching!

    Is it old-fashioned? Maybe. But I have notebook envy for those of you with artistic flair and beautiful handwriting.

    My creative friend Teresa uses a Bullet Journal and her notebook looks like the practical version of a Tim Holz scrapbook. I don’t view her as old world. I view her as hip. Even half of my high school interns still use notebooks, so it’s not completely out dated yet.

    All in all, I choose to just go with my own flow. To me, being relevant depends less on how others view me, ultimately, and more on how I view and project myself.

    • Emmy August 16, 2018 at 11:46 pm - Reply

      I have been thinking about trying the Bullet Journal and totally totally agree on the writing by hand to the retention link!

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