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Elizabeth Larkin

Good Habits | Carry a little black notebook

By April 30, 2013

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Despite its racy legacy, a little black notebook is one of the most useful tools for keeping yourself organized. I find notebooks dovetail nicely with the methodology behind David Allen's Getting Things Done. His concept is that the human brain is wired to wander, so in order to be organized, you need to create receptacles for your constant thoughts, musings, to-do list entries, and the brilliant ideas that pop into your head mid-commute.

To put it simply: You never know when your "A-ha!" moment is imminent so you need to be prepared to capture it when it strikes.

There are many receptacles with which to capture your thoughts on the go:

  • Blackberry
  • IPhone
  • PDA
  • Voice recorder/Dictaphone

Those all work, but I prefer the "Keep It Simple, Stupid" method of a small notebook for its sheer portability. I never have to turn my notebook off, it never runs of out of batteries and it can fit in my work bag, gym bag, coat pocket or even an evening clutch (yes, I even bring it out on the town). If you're new to organizing, carrying a small notebook and pen is a habit you should develop.

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