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Using a pocket notebook - 3. What’s your weapon?

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

Writing InstrumentWhat do you like to write with? Different writing instruments demand a variety of notebooks. I usually carry a notebook and writing instrument in my pocket - so portability in my “Every Day Carry (EDC)” is a key issue. If you are using a bag - this may be less important to you.BallpointMuch maligned, often mocked, but by far the world’s biggest selling pen type. From humble plastic Bics to limited edition Montblancs, there is a ballpoint for everyone. They are generally reliable and robust and will work on pretty much any paper. When I go hiking, I often...

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A-viking we will go, a-viking we will go...

Posted by Scribble Monboddo on

Here we have a classic pencil in red, a school pencil in yellow and a grown-up pencil in black - I mean, seriously, how Staedtler is that? Let's chalk it up to the sincerest form of flattery.

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Using a pocket notebook - 2. What’s your style?

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

The clue is in the title. It’s “your” style. There are lots of ways to use a pocket notebook and many reasons to do so.Are you a list person? Or do you need pen and paper for when inspiration strikes? Perhaps the book is a place to record your observations of the world.Let’s explore broad categories.1. Lists. Work. Shopping. Books to read. Podcasts to download. “To do”. Some use a notebook purely for lists, an an aide-memoire. Often, there is a ritual of ticking things off the list. “Word” make notebooks specifically for this purpose, with covers for every taste.2....

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Papio Press - glorious AND recycled!

Posted by Amanda Fleet on

Small notebooks tend to fall into four main camps, as far as I can tell - functional but not terribly pretty; not all that functional nor all that pretty; pretty but not all that functional; and pretty and functional. Which camp would these A6 notebooks land in?

They fall in the amazing camp! Recycled, pretty and functional!

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Using a pocket notebook - 1. Introduction

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

From time to time, I’m asked “why should I use a pocket notebook?”I have learned to answer with caution, as sometimes the question is intended only to lead into a long explanation as to why I’m a luddite and should be using electronic tools. That in itself, can be a great conversation, but it does get a bit repetitive. There is no universal answer as to why anyone should take notes. There as as many ways to use a pocket notebook as there are people. This flexibility is a key feature. A pocket notebook will not force you to learn...

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