Tips for Keeping a Notebook in the Digital Age

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I am a computer-holic. I own laptops, Mac’s, custom-built desktops, netbooks; I run multiple servers, physical and virtual; My Iphone is always glued to my hip, but wouldn’t you be surprised to know that my favorite “tool” is not digital at all. It’s a notebook – a Moleskine notebook.

I have only recently started using Moleskine notebooks, but they have made me into an journal addict. I have always kept my daily planners on paper (though I do use phone apps for convenience too) as well as my journal, but they were never organized. Pages were always torn or the ink from my fountain pens would bleed through page after page. My Moleskine journal however, has none of these problems. I have used them to take notes in all of my classes, keep track of my daily To-Do lists, write blogs, keep track of ideas; I’ve even written full on programs in them. Nothing truly beats a pen and paper.

With that said, here are my 10 tips for Moleskine’s:

  1. Choose the Right Size When it comes to journal writing you need to make sure you have the correct sized journals for the task at hand. Let’s face it; you can’t carry around a full-page sized journal in your back pocket. While a pocket-sized journal is great, you can’t write a novel on it. You need to have a specific journal for each specific task. One for your pocket/pocketbook to keep track of daily things; a medium-sized one for a diary; A large one as a calendar. You might need to compromise here or there but Moleskine journals come in plenty of sizes and I am sure you can find the right one.
  2. Choose the Right Style Similarly to the above tip, you need the correct style journal for the task at hand. Moleskine’s come in plenty of formats; plain, lined, grids, music staves, and plenty more. If they don’t have the style you’re looking for and you want a custom look and feel then do the following. Choose the grid style, grab a ruler and pencil, and design your journal the way you need it. I have done this countless times, especially for outlining my daily task journal.
  3. Pick the Right PenWriting in a journal is a great feeling, but an even better one when you’re righting with the correct pen. I use a plethora of different fountain pens (they won’t bleed through) and highly advise using one. My recommendation if you’re new to fountain pens would be to pick up a Lamy Safari and try it out. They are only about $20 and blow away any competition up to the $100 mark. If you are not a fountain pen user, then just grab a Pilot G-2 0.7mm, or 0.5mm if you like a fine line, and start writing.
  4. Number you’re PagesThis seems like it would be an obvious tip but I have forgotten to number pages countless times and then have trouble finding exactly what I need. I find it’s best to number your odd pages in the upper right hand corner of you page. It makes it a lot easier when using an index, which is my next tip.
  5. Use an Index Using an Index is great for when you take notes in your journal. Save a few pages at the end of your book for an index. Your index should include one column for the page title, and one for the page number. If you’re like me, you can divide the journal into sections. Set aside a certain amount of pages for this, some more for that, and then write out the section page numbers in your index. I use this format for notes that I know the topics of and it works great.
  6. Label the Front Page If you’re worried about losing your book, you can label the front page with your name, address, and a possible reward for someone who might find it. I highly recommend doing so, even if the information you’re writing down at the time is not that important.
  7. Label the BookOwning many of these fabulous journals I find it best to label the book itself. It’s so much easier to keep track of them this way; whether you just right down the topic of its contents or you organize them with a specialized number system in your home library.
  8. Fill the Pocket Moleskine journals, like many others, contain an inside pocket, and many people forget to use it. There are countless uses for it so I will only name a few. Storage of business cards, index cards, Post-It-Notes, spare cash, even font cards.
  9. Keep it Closed The hardcover Classic series and a few other Moleskine’s have elastic bands to hold them shut. However, there are a few that do not. I would recommend that you use a small rubber band the same color as your journal to keep it shut.
  10. StorageFind somewhere safe to store all of your Moleskine’s. Perhaps a small bookshelf if you own many. If most everything you do now is in some way digital, Moleskine has not left you in the dust. Evernote has paired with them and created a membership plan which allows you to organize your books by taking pictures of the pages and importing them with Evernote. Your notebooks are then available to you wherever you go.

I truly hope that you found this information helpful. Comment below if you have any other suggestions to add.


Anthony Kressevich

Anthony is a Criminal Justice Major at Rockland Community College. However, on the side he tends to dabble in all things technology.

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  1. akunne March 24, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    i also use notes to write my codes and my cousin always gets surprised and his like “what do you need a note for you can write it on microsoft word, notepad or sent it to your email this is digital age, its like washing your cloths with your hands when you have a washing machine. “

  2. akunne March 24, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    but its also good you back them up digitally on the net incase something happens to your note. And that entails doing double work.

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