Using a pocket notebook - 5. Daily Driver

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

The daily driver pocket notebook was my setup in the past.
I still use a notebook as a daily driver, but it is a desk-sized book. My pocket notebook now works ancillary to it.

Used in this way, the pocket notebook becomes task manager, journal and commonplace notebook all in one. My own method was to start the day with a gratitude note, i.e. one thing from the previous day for which I am grateful. Then I would start listing my major tasks for the day, and adding in any appointments. The book would be at my side all day, with tasks added or ticked off throughout. When I went out, the notebook would be in my pocket, ready for any thoughts that popped into my head.

Daily Driver has advantages.

1. Everything is in there. No confusion.
2. Variety. I was getting through a notebook every ten days or so. So, lots of new paper, ruling and covers to play with and admire.
3. Archive. I have several Field Notes Archive boxes, rammed with notebook after notebook. Fantastic to delve into...

There are disadvantages too.

1. Which book did I write that in?
2. Variety. Oh - I hate this weird reticule
3. Archive. “How many notebooks do you need?” (I paraphrase Mrs L.)

I moved to a desk book, because my daily notes now run to three or four A5 pages and I still fill a couple of pages in a pocket book too. Nevertheless, I still love trawling through my used pocket notebooks, reminiscing.
In fact from time to time, TJ Cosgrove and I swap archived notes on our podcast 1857.

Next week, the Commonplace notebook.

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