Organizing My Notes to Self Simplified
I hate to waste anything that might be reused. Just that compulsion to save way too much is a topic for another post, but it is a symptom of that issue that was wreaking havoc on my note-keeping system.
All those envelopes that mail comes in? Well, my goodness, the back of each envelope was blank paper. How could I throw that away? So I didn't, and that became a problem of disorganization.
Phone numbers and addresses were written on this envelope or that one. Email addresses or URLs I wanted to remember were written on the backs of envelopes, too. Notes to myself to remember to call someone or to pay a bill were dutifully written on the back of envelopes.
Guess what, though? When I went to retrieve information that I knew I had recorded, I either had to search through my stack or envelopes or sometimes simply lost the information.
One day it dawned on me that my "system" was causing me as much angst as no system at all.
Since then, I use a 6 inch by 4 inch spiral notebook to record all this information and anything else I may need to recall or have handy. I keep the notebook by my computer, which is also handy to my telephone. Now I can record everything in one place, sequentially. I'm able to flip back through the pages and find whatever information I need.
No stacks of sticky notes or index cards or saved envelopes -- all I need is the little notebook and a pen.
It may sound too simple to work for you, but that's part of the beauty of the notebook -- it's simplicity.
How do you record and retrieve everyday information that you need?
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