You can’t beat a Moleskine and a Sharpie.

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I love digital tools – I have countless apps and social profiles but they still can’t beat a notebook and a pen.

None of my apps and profiles help me as much as scribbling and doodling my thoughts and ideas down in a pad.

Just the process of transferring ideas from my head to paper makes them become real and memorable rather than fleeting thoughts.

I have about four Moleskines on the go at any one time – one for things I need to remember, one for planning and ideas, another by the bed for those 3am brainwaves and one reserved just for doodles. I use three colours of Sharpie fineline pen to help make notes stand out and which make it easier for me to recall pages and notes in my head later on.

I’m certain they keep me sane and help organise my thoughts – I can confidently move on from thoughts once I’ve written them down knowing I can return at any point. Hemingway was recorded as saying, “Writing it first in pencil gives you one-third more chance to improve it…” – for me I think it would be “…gives me one-third more chance to remember it.”

I’m not sure it will be the same for the next generation. Analog just doesn’t feature – they are confident taking notes and leaving messages purely in digital form. Maybe this isn’t a bad thing but I can’t help thinking that we about to witness the disappearance of generations of ideas and fringe reflections.

 

 

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James Qualtrough

I live on the small but beautiful Isle of Man with my wife, Donna and our twin girls Ella & Erin. I'm Head of Digital Media at Home Strategic and Co-Founder of Slidecraft.

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I live on the small but beautiful Isle of Man with my wife, Donna and our twin girls Ella & Erin. I'm Head of Digital Media at Home Strategic and Co-Founder of Slidecraft.

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