In the New Yorker’s recent Why Startups Love Moleskines, David Sax describes the popularity of the spare notebook that many tech-savvy people find superior to digital task software. M.I.T. students, academics, artists and other high-achieving entrepreneurs prize Moleskine notebooks, which come in variety of shapes and sizes, for their simplicity and efficiency.
David Allen’s popular time-management method, Getting Things Done adopted the Moleskine as a preferred tool of productivity in which to capture charts, lists, and bullet points. Says Allen:
“The easiest and most ubiquitous way to get stuff out of your head is pen and paper.“
We couldn’t agree more. At Improvised Life, we often write ideas down as one things lead to another and we see new connections. THEN we transfer actionable ideas to our task software (Asana).
Of course, your notebook doesn’t have to be a Moleskine. Whatever feels good and easily carry-able will do nicely. Our friend Tara Mann liked an AM/PM notebook for tracking her days
Artist John Wellington published part of his journal as an e-book which included this dandy page:
Fashion designer Paul Smith envisioned a his ideal shed in a Moleskine:
A paper notebook, by contrast, is a walled garden, free from detours (except doodling), and requiring no learning curve. A growing body of research supports the idea that taking notes works better on paper than on laptops, in terms of comprehension, memorization, and other cognitive benefits.
Moleskines come in a variety of sizes, paper (lined, unlined or grid, of different stock) and jacket colors.
We think this red notebook is pretty snazzy…
And we also love this set of 3 large Kraft Brown Journals.The last 16 sheets are detachable and there is a pocket for loose notes.
But our favorite of all is the 7 1/2″ square”Moleskine with heavy cotton paper perfect if you want to draw or scrapbook.
Let us know how YOU capture ideas: analog or digital or both?