Friday, April 27, 2012

Good Ideas



            The post it-notes finally tipped the scale. They were everywhere—cluttering up my nightstand, coffee table, kitchen counter, dining room table, closet door, desk.
They had been such a good idea. I had noticed I was having trouble remembering all the stuff my brain manufactured: Books to read, movies to watch, blog ideas, shopping list, writing notes, sites to visit, friends to call, and the endless ToDo list. Everything I read, saw, or heard triggered an idea I wanted to keep. And I couldn’t hold it all in my mind, not with all the other distractions. (I suspect my aging brain was not helping matters, but we aren’t going there.) I knew I had to do something and so began the process of mucking about in my head to come up with a workable solution. And then I thought of post-it notes. What a good idea!
Costco sells them by the bunch and in lovely pastel shades. I bought them in all sizes and colors and placed them strategically about the house. And now, months later, I was knee-deep in pretty little scraps of sticky paper. I had a whole stack I couldn’t decipher. What on earth was I thinking when I wrote “mag—coda?” Or what about “X O language?” “fruit--mistake?”
I thought (segue-like) about the horse problem in New York City back in the olden days. That had been a good idea. People needed to get around and horses seemed like a good solution to that problem. Didn’t take long until everyone was knee deep in –you know what. And then they built the automobile. Good idea! Only now we’re nose deep in pollution. It seems that answers to problems just create more problems. What’s next?
But back to the post-its. This morning I thought about a notebook. Writers love notebooks.  No more sticky papers getting misplaced. No more random ideas floating about the rooms in my house. No more undecipherable messages. I’d have a whole page for an idea. I could get a nice fat one with a spiral binding and take it with me everywhere. Or maybe a composition book, those cheap notebooks with the mottled cardboard cover.  A Moleskin. How about a hand-made one. The possibilities are endless. And I’d have everything in one place. Good idea! I wonder if Costco…

6 comments:

  1. I used Mead's Five Star spiral notebook, the one subject style. I've learned to take a little more time to complete my thoughts when writing them down, so that I can avoid the "what was I thinking" moments that I, too, experienced when I took shorthand notes.

    I'm surrounded by technology and I could use any number of automated tools. But for the easiest, cheapest and most flexible tool I use notebooks.

    Great post Ruth!

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    1. Thanks. I'll add it to my shopping list. (YAY)

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  2. I think I know where that fruit---mistake post it came from! :) Haha, I'm still in post-it note mode -- for now, I love them because I haven't trained myself to carry a notebook! That's the next step!

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    1. I wonder what I'll use after I find myself knee-deep in notebooks!

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  3. Oh, boy. This sounds familiar! I use a composition book. My Safeway has the nice faux brown leather versions. They just fit inside my purse and I love them. I've filled several with story ideas, grocery/ to-do lists and even taped post its/newspaper clippings to the pages. They're almost like journals now as I look back over them and see how I've filled my days. If you go this route, write your name and email inside the front cover so if you lose it there's a chance it will be returned.

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