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    Default How Do You Use a Field/Pocket Notebook?

    I would appreciate knowing how you use your pocket note books and where you store them on your person or other places. Thank you.

    How have they become of value? Do you use them professionally?

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    I use one to take notes during the sermon on Sundays.

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    Default Re: How Do You Use a Field/Pocket Notebook?

    I always have one in my pants pocket. I use for to-do lists, to doodle during boring lectures and committee meetings, and sometimes even to take notes during a math talk or a sermon.

    My wife is far more faithful at taking notes. She too always carries a notebook. She prefers small hardcover notebooks with a quiver pen attachment. I use thin ones that fit my pocket.

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    I carry mine in a rear pants pocket. I write things down that I want to remember or at least don't want to forget.
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    My use case for most notebooks is journaling with drawing. I used field notes at a time when I hadn't figured out whether I preferred to have a separate book for art making (urban sketching, every day drawing, etc). I did find that field notes were a good form factor for light journaling, but I got frustrated with the ink bleed-through and the inability to use watercolor. I still find them a very attractive notebook despite these limitations, but have decided to concentrate my limited free time on books that can support my card making better.

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    Oops, art making.

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    Thank you to all who has responded so far. I do a weekly 10 mile hike in the mountains. Walking alone, I am often lost in my thoughts about what I am experiencing, but also find I have other thoughts not related to hiking. I've thought it would be nice to right those other thoughts down for later consideration rather than interrupt my sensual experience of being in the woods.

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    I bought a leather sleeve/cover for mine.

    I use plain ones - Calepino, Field Notes. Moleskine and Field Notes.

    The sleeve keeps them rigid enough so they don't get bent out of shape.

    I flip them 90 degrees to get a wider line for writing. I use them for writing scenes, notes on the train, poems and other stuff.

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    Mine is kept in my aquarium cabinet and used as a tank journal to record maintenance, changes, and water parameters.
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    I keep mine in my shirt pocket, along with a pen, and I use it to write notes on anything that I feel needs notes written about it. Most of the pages are taken up with grocery lists. When I move to a new notebook because the old one is full, I tear out the pages that have stuff that I want to keep and copy them onto regular letter-size paper, as many pages as will fit onto one sheet.
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    I have one with me almost everywhere I go. so much that I have several Field Notes wallets.
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    Thank you again for sharing your use of notebooks, all. I'm considering taking paper with me on this weeks hike to record thoughts and observations.

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    I also use a sleeve (galenleather.com), with three tomoe river notebooks (etsy.com - shop’s name is goodINKpressions - all formats available, 52 or 68 g/ms, lined, blank, etc.):

    one for to-do and grocery lists, stuff to be crossed out,
    one for notes to be remembered, and
    one for doodling, sketching, scribling, etc.

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    Rhodia Dot Pad No. 12 in the Rhodia leather cover, for daily notes. It goes in the left cargo pocket of the cargo pants I usually wear.
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    Default Re: How Do You Use a Field/Pocket Notebook?

    I keep a notebook in my shirt pocket, along with an Esterbrook SJ loaded with a bulletproof ink. I keep new story ideas, quotations, anything I may want to remember verbatim later. When the notebook fills up, I transfer information for permanent reference to my commonplace book. I then make a new refill for the notebook and sew it into the leather cover I made. The old notebook then goes into a box where it is filed by date.

    Edited to add: My pocket notebook has a center section that contains information that is not likely to change often: a few phone numbers, part numbers for oil, air, and fuel filters in the car, mower, tiller,etc., watch battery numbers. This center section is just folded in to the main notebook. When the notebook gets full, I pull this center section out, fold the new, empty paper around it and sew it into the leather cover. I always have this information handy and don't have to keep copying it into new notebooks when they fill up.

    On wilderness canoe trips, I take a waterproof notebook and pencil and make a log of the trip. When I return I use the log to flesh out an entry in my trip journal. This is done in ink on paper. I usually copy the journal contents into a computer file and share it with the other members on the trip.
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    Default Re: How Do You Use a Field/Pocket Notebook?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paddler View Post
    I keep a notebook in my shirt pocket, along with an Esterbrook SJ loaded with a bulletproof ink. I keep new story ideas, quotations, anything I may want to remember verbatim later. When the notebook fills up, I transfer information for permanent reference to my commonplace book. I then make a new refill for the notebook and sew it into the leather cover I made. The old notebook then goes into a box where it is filed by date.

    Edited to add: My pocket notebook has a center section that contains information that is not likely to change often: a few phone numbers, part numbers for oil, air, and fuel filters in the car, mower, tiller,etc., watch battery numbers. This center section is just folded in to the main notebook. When the notebook gets full, I pull this center section out, fold the new, empty paper around it and sew it into the leather cover. I always have this information handy and don't have to keep copying it into new notebooks when they fill up.

    On wilderness canoe trips, I take a waterproof notebook and pencil and make a log of the trip. When I return I use the log to flesh out an entry in my trip journal. This is done in ink on paper. I usually copy the journal contents into a computer file and share it with the other members on the trip.

    Excellent information!! Thank you 🙏

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    I have a couple going around the house, and one in the car. One for general notes, and the other is my rowing machine workout log. Car log is for maintenance: air pressure, oil changes etc.

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    I've been keeping a weekly hike journal since starting this thread.

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    I keep one with me at work and take notes during the day. Keep them together with a rubber band when they get full.

    I also have a thin green hardcover sketch book in the back of my Filofax that I use for personal notes, thoughts and ideas. I use to use a moleskin for this but the green book fits perfectly. In the back pocket.

    Also use an orange level book for taking notes in meetings.

    In Cd all of them I try to jot down the date in the corner of the page to keep some chronological organization

    As a side note to storage, I have a project at work to digitally scan all of the engineering documents the site has collected in the last 68 years.

    This has me thinking about scanning in my notebooks at home and work.


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