Done by hand. Block style capital letters. Everyone gets a color. Spacing matters.
It’s taken me a long time to get over the notion that a beautiful notebook should only contain fancy, good looking items but now I relish ruining a good notebook.
You can’t trust distant memories. But you can trust your daily diary. It’s the best indicator to your future self (and maybe descendants) of what was really going on in your life at this time.
Truth. I also love his idea for a Thoughts On journal:
For each subject that you might have ongoing thoughts about, start a separate “Thoughts On” journal. Whenever you have some thoughts on this subject, open up that file, write today’s date, then start writing.
It’s Hobonichi Techo Swap Out Day!
Good post about moving from multiple notebooks to one.
A lovely little interview with Roald Dahl about his writing practice including his use of pencil and paper. (via Garrick Wood)
In some cases, the patients’ drawings looked just like scribbles. But how good – or bad – the drawings were didn’t seem to matter. In fact, in most of the experiments, the researchers assessed their participants’ ability to create vivid images and also their experience at drawing, and neither was correlated with memory performance. Even people who struggle to create a stick figure should, then, get memory benefits from drawing.
Could also be a good case for using Sketchnotes to capture information.
By the way, both this link and the previous one via Austin Kleon’s always excellent newsletter.
In an age of sharply escalating computerization and digitization of everything into an intangible ether, it can be hard to remember that paper, too, is just another medium, something that acts as a transmitter for something written or typed in the past.
I can divide my life into the disorganized forgetful mess I was before I had my first notebook, and the increasingly organizing and effective person I am still becoming since then.