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cs
12-01-2010, 12:51 PM
And so here I sit with my desk covered with post it notes. Every time it seems I need to make a note I have been writing it on a post it note and laying it on my desk. Now I have a collection of valuable notes strewn all over the place.

And all of this despite the fact that I carry one and only one notebook for keeping all of my notes and events. I carry one and only one so that I always have my notes handy and in a chronoligical order. This is a practice I started several years ago and it has worked out great for me. At my civilian job I can back several years through a series of small notebooks to find that one note from any year.

It is a real good plan and works great. Before I started doing that I would have notes scattered all over the place in different books with no logical rhyme or reason. Once I started the single notebook plan all of my notes were easily and quicly located.

And yet here I sit with my desk covered with "valuable" post it notes. Guess I need to pull my head together and put them all in my one and only notebook.

Chad

Canoez
12-01-2010, 12:58 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpWM0FNPZSs

Phillip Allen
12-01-2010, 12:59 PM
don't eat the yellow snow

elf
12-01-2010, 01:04 PM
Smaller post-it notes, throw out those of very short term importance, I also use a daybook but it's been superceded by my iPod Touch. The calendar, the Notes app, the Voice Memos app are all very useful. Even the Dictation app could be useful once it learns to deal with my speaking voice.

Milo Christensen
12-01-2010, 01:10 PM
Ahh, brings back memories of Post-It Note Jerry. My bosses boss at the turn of the century. When Jerry retired we gave him a huge photo of all the staff, and each of us contributed one of our favourite Post-It Notes From Jerry, which was a gignatic office joke that I don't think Post-It Note Jerry ever caught on to until he retired. The Notes were in a double band all around the photo. It was hysterically funny. Almost all of them were like: Milo, please look into this further, Jerry. Jerry didn't trust Post-It Note adhesive, because they were always also paper clipped to some report or magazine article or analysis.

Tom Montgomery
12-01-2010, 01:14 PM
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Check out: Romy and Michelles's High School Reunion (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rJh4oSGK48)

Cue up at the 3:35 mark.
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cs
12-01-2010, 01:23 PM
I've been sitting here cleaning up post it notes and moving all the important stuff to my field book. It would be kinda of hard to replace the field book with an electronic device. Here is the book I use.

http://www.patriotoutfitters.com/img/products/22000/22083.gif

It is tough and durable and fits in your cargo pocket. It is a Rite in the Rain product. I use it almost like a daily journal. It works best if you date stamp anything you post in it. I use it for meeting notes, to do list, phone numbers and just about anything that needs to be recorded, done or just FYI. And unlike an electronic device it doesnt have to be plugged in and I can take it to the field and not worry about it getting wet.

Chad

T.W.
12-01-2010, 01:23 PM
The good thing is, you can just rip em off and stick em in your notebook.

cs
12-01-2010, 02:03 PM
Tom I will have to look at that video later, youtube is another one of those off limit sites here.

Chad

J P
12-01-2010, 02:56 PM
I see "Rite in the Rain" has a digital page notebook (http://www.riteintherain.com/ItemForm.aspx?item=870FB&Category=6ff8b495-868a-4d9a-9269-6128b957df8d). If you use a magic pen everything you write can be transferred to computer using MS OneNote. (http://www.adapx.com/products/capturx-onenote) Experience with that, anyone? I too like the simplicity of just writing things in a simple notebook but I can imagine some use for digital conversions -- no, NOT digital post-its, that would indeed be hell.

bobbys
12-01-2010, 03:06 PM
My truck is so far gone i use the hood to write in pencil.

I used to have day books and a secretary.

Now im keeping it simple as can be, If no one wants to pay me for work after work or free bids it goes on the truck.

Im in paperwork rebellion..

A fight against the MAN!!!!

cs
12-01-2010, 03:07 PM
That does look interesting. I might have to look at that a bit more.

Chad

cs
12-01-2010, 04:11 PM
I put the NSN (National Stock Number) in FedLog for the digital Rite in the Rain book and it came back as "No Data Available".

Chad

rbgarr
12-01-2010, 04:35 PM
I write notes on my hand. It works for us dummies. You can check it out! :D

cs
12-01-2010, 06:53 PM
I looked at that digital field book some more and it is $30, but the pen is a different story. I checked on E-bay and found a used one for $300. A bit to step for me. I think I will just stick with the old fashioned way.

Oh and the palm pilot method works real well until you wash your hands.

Chad

J P
12-01-2010, 07:10 PM
I looked at that digital field book some more and it is $30, but the pen is a different story. I checked on E-bay and found a used one for $300. A bit to step for me. I think I will just stick with the old fashioned way.

Oh and the palm pilot method works real well until you wash your hands.

Chad

I came to the same conclusion. I'm sticking to my Pentel P209's.

cs
12-02-2010, 09:11 AM
Can you believe that after spending a bit yesterday transfering all my post it notes to my notebook and than throwing away the post it notes, that I went off and left my notebook at home this morning? Go figure.

Chad

Canoez
12-02-2010, 09:25 AM
Can you believe that after spending a bit yesterday transfering all my post it notes to my notebook and than throwing away the post it notes, that I went off and left my notebook at home this morning? Go figure.

Chad

If you'd have followed Rbgarr's suggestion, you'd have all your notes. :d

(You might look like the tattooed lady, but... ;))

cs
12-02-2010, 10:20 AM
Well maybe not, I did take a shower this morning and that is almost like re-formatting your hard drive.

Chad

Canoez
12-02-2010, 10:21 AM
http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/public/GNLI7IoSJZTa0qBpDO_dT2SEI_a_saDtJueT5NdX2PXSZ-Skp2Udax_1CB4ygKnnKG-VbPSrzXQF-Ystv8a1c0BlmcyRZCpj7qZwuDQBbuIwdFvKMM99YUW1kjoKCNg UjrrZgxkmrH-KnMiFlwqcRBpbckTmEKfdSw

Bruce Hooke
12-02-2010, 10:28 AM
My only problem with the notebook approach is that it is easy to forget that something needs doing if it is buried in a notebook. I need something a little more "in my face" to remind me. For me the key right now is the Outlook and a notes file on my PC. Things I need to remember to do go in the calendar, often with all the necessary details. Things I need to remember long term go in the notes file (or in a separate document if the notes for one project are at all long).

BrianW
12-02-2010, 10:30 AM
Well maybe not, I did take a shower this morning and that is almost like re-formatting your hard drive.

Chad

There's a joke there son.... but I don't want to get banned. :)

Joe (SoCal)
12-02-2010, 10:46 AM
http://ipad.rs/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/ipad_notes1.jpg

http://www.speakipad.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/614d1446c8794790.jpg.jpg

cs
12-02-2010, 11:06 AM
Hey Joe those are nice and handy and all that, but what happens if you put it in your cargo pocket and crawl around in the mud or you get caught out in the rain and what do you do when the batteries go dead and the nearest tree doesn't have an outlet? These are probably not issues for you, but for me they are.

The mobility of using Outlook is another problem. I use Outlook her in the office and will even put remineders in it to help me remember major events.

The simplicity of a rite in the rain notebook is hard to beat. It is weatherproof and unless you forget and leave it at home, it is always there in your cargo pocket ready to go and the batteries don't go dead.

Chad

Joe (SoCal)
12-02-2010, 11:17 AM
Hey chad here's an iPad just for your and your special needs ;)

http://www.hardwaresphere.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/inotepad-paper-notes-600x219.jpg

hey look it even has a nice plastic weather proof cover and never runs out of batteries ;)

cs
12-02-2010, 11:35 AM
I'm happy with this one.

http://www.patriotoutfitters.com/img/products/22000/22083.gif

At 3-1/2" x 5" if fits perfectly in my pocket and each page is waterproof and it even has stuff like Call for Fire and SALUTE reports in the back as range cards.

But I appreciate the thought.

Chad