I carry a notebook and pen wherever I go. I know, I know— my smartphone has a lovely Notes app, and I have tried Evernote and Google Calendars and lots of other things. But I’m an old-fashioned girl: I like paper.
For me, it’s just quicker to jot something down on paper than get out my phone. I don’t have to wait for anything to upload, update or refresh. I can just record the thought before I forget it.
Plus, I think having pen and paper on you makes you look like you mean business. Let me explain: when we were searching for our home, we went to a lot of open inspections. At each house I visited, I would always take notes about the pros and cons of each property. When the real estate agents saw me doing this, I’m pretty sure they realised that we were a couple who were serious about buying a home. (This also taught me that going to open inspections is really about getting to know the agents in your area, not the houses—but that’s a story for another post).
I also used to look at a lot of vintage furniture (but not since moving into a small house— I’ve run out of room!). As soon as I got out my notebook, I could see the dealers mentally re-checking their prices. No agreements are concrete until they are on paper, even in the digital age.
These little notebooks are small enough to fit in your pocket or purse. Add a mini pen, and you’re in business. And they come in other colours too, so you can find one to suit all tastes. I use mine to keep a record of important information I find hard to recall when I’m out and about: a record of my university timetable, my husband’s clothing sizes, and a rough inventory of my children’s clothes. If I see some clothes on special, I can quickly check what size I need and not worry about buying the wrong thing.
Back when we were on a strict budget, I used to use my notebook as a price book, and I would record the prices of frequently-used baby items in different stores so I could buy extra when I saw a good deal.
When my children were born, I had one of these books for each of them. I would record their feeding and sleeping schedules as I was too exhausted to remember. Now, the books are a wonderful keepsake from those times.
More from the Organised Habits series:
- Oganised Habits#1: write lists
- Organised Habit #3: keep a Phone Calls log
- Organised Habit #4: leave yourself a starting point
- Organised Habit #5: keep a stack of blank cards
More about capturing ideas before you forget them:
For more inspiration to get organised, see my Organisation pinboard.