Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Little Black Book

In an effort to improve my life through organization, I plan to start carrying around a small memo pad. I already write myself notes constantly so I don't forget things, just like the guy in Momento. Over the years, I've learn to trust my handwriting more than my memory. My "To Do lists" are written on scratch paper and either folded, or crumpled up in my back pocket. A little notepad might allow me to keep these same notes in a more organized fashion, and provide me with an simple archiving system. It would also keep me supplied with scratch paper for notes on the fly.

I considered downloading the latest organizer/planner app for my iphone, but the simplicity of a pen and paper is much more practical. I am to lazy to navigate through fields and text-type tiny messages. For now I'll keep it simple, and save the option to upgrade to my iphone for later.

Black Book uses:
  • Memos/Notes
  • To do list
  • Directions/Locations
  • Calendar Updates
  • Names/Contacts
  • License Plate Numbers
  • Sketch Diagrams
  • Time Stamp
  • Accident report
  • Statistics

The standard for Military/Police Field Notes are 3" x 5" spiral notebooks with graph paper, and some even have a leather covers. My notes will be organized by date with a line-break separating each day.

All Weather

I may get waterproof notepads from Rite in the Rain. They're priced pretty reasonably and provide a additional protection from the elements. They even offer custom notebooks.

I will let everyone know how it works out, but I figure it's a small price to pay to get more organized.


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Anonymous said...

Love this idea! I did it when I was away at college, I called it my "fat book". It had phone numbers, directions to people's houses, recipes, shopping lists, and whatever else. I always kept it in my purse. I still have it...somewhere

Dan Malone said...

I started using my Black Book, and it's working out great. I keep it with mee all the time, and find myself using it often. It nice to be able to accurately document information and not have to rely on my foggy memory.

-Dan Malone-