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145: The One About Notebooks

January 16, 2015 at 6:00AM • 34 minutes • Wiki Entry

Dave and Aaron discuss their personal systems for note-taking, their preferred daily-carry setup, and other resources for using notebooks and pens.

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Episode 145 - The One About Notebooks

Aaron’s System:

Dave’s System:

  • My own system of capture and review
  • My experience with Grace
  • You can “geek out,” if that’s your thing, or not at all.

Other resources for listeners:

  • The Ped Addict website: http://www.penaddict.com
  • Article at Entrepreneur http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234712
    • Writing can make you happier. Research published in the Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin in 2014 suggests that writing your life goals helps you get a clear vision for what they look like and fosters motivation.
    • Additional research has shown that such “expressive writing” has been linked to improved mood, well-being and lower stress levels.

• Improved thinking and communication.

  • The “tip of the tongue” moments. Practice increases verbal communication skills, crucial when talking with clients.

  • Finally, writing closes out your “mental tabs”

    • Getting important ideas down alleviates the stress caused by anticipating this dreadful outcome. I’ve personally never felt inclined to not work on something just because I “archived” the idea with some notes or an outline—in fact, I’m more likely to work on it since it has already been started!