Why little black books instead of phones and computers

Alicia:

This is great! I have always used a notebook. Even more, I still use an agenda. They’re both essential to my success in getting things done. My friends make fun of me when I pull out my notebook and agenda and they pull out their smart phones: I could care less. I have always used notebooks, always will! Whether it’s to write down ideas, designs, goals, or a grocery list, there’s nothing like getting what’s in your brain on paper.

Originally posted on The Story's Story:

“Despite being a denizen of the digital world, or maybe because he knew too well its isolating potential, Jobs was a strong believer in face-to-face meetings.” That’s from Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs. It’s a strange way to begin a post about notebooks, but Jobs’ views on the power of a potentially anachronistic practice applies to other seemingly anachronistic practices. I’m a believer in notebooks, though I’m hardly a luddite and use a computer too much.

The notebook has an immediate tactile advantage over phones: they aren’t connected to the Internet. It’s intimate in a way computers aren’t. A notebook has never interrupted me with a screen that says, “Wuz up?” Notebooks are easy to use without thinking. I know where I have everything I’ve written on-the-go over the last eight years: in the same stack. It’s easy to draw on paper. I don’t have to manage files…

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