For the love of a notebook

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Notebooks
February 7, 2017

Inspired by a fascinating article by Alison Birrane from BBC Worldwide I thought I would share my own OCD about notebooks and the need to write, write and write some more .  

Alison explains that even in this high-tech world the need to write things down on paper to help articulate thoughts and plan your schedule still prevails.  She interviews some really interesting, young professionals who have a need to use notebooks, sticky notes, whiteboards, coloured pencils and marker pens. 

Everyone is different but I still love my notebooks.  We all know the tremendous success of Moleskine but other quality notebook manufacturers such as Leuchtturm1917 and Il Papiro to name a few are doing really well too.  The notebook, alongside your mobile phone is becoming a way of showing who you are, just like the pen you use.  It's a statement.

I have to confess that's not where my obsession started.  Quite simply if I didn't write it down there's a very good chance I would forget.  I believe this is true for a lot of people and am always cautious when people turn up to meetings without a way of taking notes.  Will they remember what we discussed?  More importantly, will they remember the action points they agreed to (and there's a good chance they'll have a few)?

I was kind of pleased when I read in the BBC article that research proves that written notes are better than those taken electronically.  #JustSaying

As well, when I'm trying to work through a complex problem or put together a program for clients (and even when I'm preparing a Blog post) I will invariably find a quiet space, get out my pen and notebook and start writing.  I find writing down my stream of consciousness just helps me to get where I need to go.  It's easy to refer back to, to scribble on, to cross out and to add to.  Like Word and a keyboard just much, much better.

My budget allows me to use a nice notebook, even to convince my company to invest in nice notebooks for us to use and give away to clients.  And, with every new notebook I write my name, contact details, reward information and start date at the very front.  As my notebook comes to the end I ensure every outstanding action point is transferred from my old notebook to my new one, and I write the end date in the old one.  Very OCD, I know.  Even worse is that I keep them all.  I have boxes full in the shed.  My wife wants me to throw them out from time to time but I just can't.  I just can't.

So, thanks Alison :-) , and you can read Alison's article here.

Gordon Christiansen
Partner & SVP Marketing, Highlands
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