why i take notes in a paper notebook18 Jul 2017
this past weekend i wrote a draft of the last essay of my book. feels good to have drafts of all 7 essays. they’re sloppy af, have many holes, and probably don’t make much sense, but they exist! now i just have five weeks until my august writing retreat to fill in the holes and prep to edit the whole thing. oh wow… i’m sidetracked super hard right now!
i brought up the book process because something came up in writing the draft that i hadn’t fully processed until then. it started last week in a conversation with kelly bates and then came out more fully processed during my weekend writing day.
the essay is on tools and i was writing up why i have both paper and digital todo lists. i spent most of my time writing about how my digital todo lists function, but there were three important insights that explain why i don’t have a completely digital system. in fact, i was all paper back in the day, then switched to completely digital, and now i’m in a ‘both/and.’
so why have i brought paper back into my system?
some tasks just seem to vanish in my digital todo lists (usually the small ones)
sometimes it’s awkward to take notes on a computer, especially in 1on1 settings with someone i haven’t worked with before. the physical barrier of the screen adds to a psychic wall that doesn’t feel conducive to building relationships
it just feels good to use a notebook! i like carrying it and taking it out and using it. i like using it even moreso now that i’m running it bullet journal() style. feels good and looks good: these things matter for personal systems… they matter a lot more than most people expect.
taking paper notes helps keep me in the meeting. sometimes i get caught up in trying to keep up with taking detailed notes instead of engaging in the moment.
it’s helpful (at least initially) to track next steps from 1on1 meetings in the same place that i took the notes for that meeting.
words / writing / post-processing
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