Notebook Binge – May

This month’s notebook binge.

The waterproofs are for Aaron’s field research trip; the lefties are for my religious projects, and the Maryland and Idaho sets are for client work.

And the Bands of Rubber are for banding things with rubber.

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Sabbatical Day 6: Field Notes Geekout II – Clandestine

I do nothing in halves, and my obsessive-compulsive nature has caused me to go a bit nuts on notebooks. Field Notes are proving no exception – I’ve subscribed to their quarterly themed crates, and the first one was Clandestine, which has fun with codes and spying. Not bad: a dozen notebooks, a heavy-duty notebook band, a high-quality pencil, and other goodies.

Yes, I’m a geek.

Sabbatical Day 6: Field Notes Geekout

I am a dedicated Moleskine fan, but I have started discovering uses for writing things down in different formats. My work journal is a traditional 8″ x 5″ hardcover Moleskine, in which I keep my bullet journal and make notes on an ongoing basis. But my Sabbatical notebooks have all been the 9-3/4 x 7-1/2 extra large cahiers, leaving more room for embellishment.

But sometimes you just want a little notebook for stuff to take along and use as reference, anything from a checklist to a series of reminders. And the memo-sized pads like the Moleskine memo cahier and the Field Notes are just the thing.

I like Field Notes because they are a bit cheeky as well as functional, and their covers are made of a material that holds up a bit better to day-to-day usage than the Moleskines.

This is important. I am gradually shifting off of a purely-digital system of recording and storage to something that is more of a hybrid: written on paper with digital backups. I am not sure if this is right, or if it will last – I have been trying to do everything in my life in pixels for three decades.

But for a range of reasons I won’t go into just yet, I am beginning to rediscover the virtues of longhand writing. and these little books will be a huge help as I use this sabbatical to aid with my transition.