Really fun and well done. (via Kottke)
“I simply gravitate to a notebook and a pen where there’s an unequalled level of freedom.”
Josh Ginter describes how he leverages the analog and blends the digital to get his stuff done. Really good writeup.
YOU’VE GOT TO DIG IT TO DIG IT, YOU DIG?
Barack Obama, no stranger to controversy, waded into an extraordinarily contentious area of American life on Wednesday when he revealed his pen preferences. The former president told the New York Times that when composing longform writing, including his recent book A Promised Land, he prefers to sketch out his first drafts by hand, rather than on a computer. What’s more, like all true stationery nerds, Obama is “very particular” about his writing tools, preferring the combination of yellow legal pad and black Uni-ball Vision Elite rollerball pen with a micro-point.
It started off normal. I had a planner party in November last year, where a handful of friends brought their stationery over and we all decorated and prepped our planners for a productive year. Welp. That was the last time I had a gathering of friends, and all the plans we planned went awry.
This, I believe, resonates with us all.
As far as I can tell, they were never sent through the post (if you know of any examples, please comment). They were just hand-delivered notes containing informal invitations, short apologies, brief questions, little flirtations, and so on. In the 20th century, their function was taken over by the phone call, and in the 21st century, by text messaging.
I had no idea of the long history behind notes like these. Via Alan Jacobs most recent always excellent newsletter.
When paper fails, memory; when memory fails, paper
— Alan Jacobs, Paper and Memory • Buttondown
The Work/Life Task System (WLTS) allows you to keep your professional and personal tasks separate in the same notebook, while accounting for how most tasks come into our lives in the first place: email.
New analog task system from Harry Marks (who used to be a contributor here). Worth checking out and seeing if some of these ideas might work for you.