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How To Take Essential Notes On Life

  • November 23, 2013

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Recently I was thinking about my life; how far I have come, and more importantly, where I wish to go next in my journey of life. I thought about my habitual note-taking obsession, and how I always take notes on just about everything, regardless of how mundane or ordinary it may seem to others; if it catches my interest, it will be detailed through extensive, yet very personal and private documentation. In an effort to document the process, I was at a total loss for words as to how to best describe and formally document the process, so after some research, I came across this page which details one persons attempt at taking life-based notes taking process, with a focus on travel.

This post is going to cover all the things you need to know about how to take essential notes on life; this is a skill that is of beneficial to writers, creative people, or anyone else who has even the slightest interest in the topic.

When I was younger, I started taking notes on my life directly in my notebook, but as time went on, the windows of opportunity to sit down and write in my notebook slowly dwindled. Days went by without any notebook entries, so there became a need to create a portable, almost temporary notebook.

My first attempt at having a temporary, portable, and disposable notebook was to simply take a folded piece of plain white paper and jot notes on it on an irregular, haphazard manner. In due time, I discovered Moleskine Cahier Journals (I am a huge fan of the entire line of Moleskine products).

While the advent of the digital era has arrived, I am still completely devoted to paper-based logs simply because they are almost completely secure and do not require electricity. I use the Moleskine Cahier Journals for temporary day-to-day notes, and the larger Moleskine Notebooks for long-term narratives, of which I will keep for a lifetime.

The details I attempt to document include, but are hardly limited to things such as the date and time, GPS coordinates, and specifics in regards to any photographs or other related observations. Thankfully, due to advances in modern technology, I am able to cross-reference any of these at any time within my self-hosted WordPress instillation.

Cross-referencing with paper-based notes is also possible if one paginates and creates a table of contents using a Moleskine notebook. More details are available here.

The only notes I will keep long-term are those which I have compiled into my Moleskine notebooks; the Cahier Journals are generally destroyed once their useful life has been achieved. I happen to be very busy with my day-to-day travels, which expose these notebooks to a variety of environments as well as writing surfaces, and the occasional exposure to wind and rain, so all of these factors will take their toll on the life expectancy of Cahier Journals. Ideally, I would probably be better off with Rite In The Rain notebooks, but their increased cost and fact that they are likely to be destroyed once the pages are all filled is not enough to justify the expense.

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