The first book I read this year was Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon. He introduces the concept of swipe file as a place where store your ideas and the content that inspire you. I fell in love with it and I started to research how to implement it.
I wanted something simple. After trying so many tools, I finally installed Evernote. And for online purposes, Evernote does the job really well: you can take pictures, scan your documents, record your voice, etc. Everyone knows what Evernote does.
But, what happens when I am not working or with my laptop? Most of our best ideas came when we are doing activities that aren’t related to our jobs. And honestly, I don’t like to use my phone for this for two reasons: 1) I spend many time with my laptop and I need to disconnect. 2) If I take my mobile just to write a note, one hour later I’ll be watching cats videos on Youtube.
So my conclusion was, Evernote is better when I’m at home. I need something analog when I’m doing other activities. So I decided to buy a pocket notebook. And without any doubt, it works really well for me. It helps me to disconnect, think and write down my ideas without any distraction. An besides that:
- It doesn’t run out of battery.
- It doesn’t have any premium version, and any feature you could not use.
- It doesn’t have synchronization, and you don’t need it.
- It doesn’t have any fancy app or social network, it just a blank piece of paper.
So now, every time I go outside I check if I have with me five things: keys, phone, wallet, notebook and pen. If you like the idea, please steal it as I did and go to buy one notebook and give it a try.