Ever have an idea while waiting in the doctor's office then not be able to recall it at a more appropriate time? Ever wake up in the middle of the night with a solution to a long battled problem and have said solution vanish like a wraith when the sun rises? Or are you the person with sticky notes everywhere? Well, you're not alone.
Throughout the history of making and creating, humans have had problems saving, organizing, and accessing their ideas so that said ideas could be turned into something useful. Leonardo Da Vinci solved this problem with his iconic notebooks.
You can see images of his notebook pages, which are themselves works of art, on any number of web sites. I copied this one from Sacred Texts. But Da Vinci lived in a different time and the pace of innovation was much slower.
Scientists of the 20th Century kept detailed hand-written notebooks of their endeavors to the extent that said notebooks filled book cases. And you have to ask yourself, how did they ever find anything amongst all those scribblings? If you can't find what you want when you want it, why keep all that stuff? The 21st Century pace of innovation is such that you can't waste time looking for things. They need to be there when you look there.
In the connected world of the 21st Century there must be any number of solutions to this dilemma if you can only find them.
A former colleague of mine who has a blog called BytesAndBuds recommends a solution. It's called EverNote and I've been trying out the free version. So far, so good. I had been working with an alternative product but it lacked something; I don't know but I wasn't using it as diligently as I need to do. I think EverNote may do it for me. Galanda has great instructions for getting started with EverNote and is an EverNote consultant so I won't attempt to provide instruction here. Suffice it to say, it's quick, easy, and free. It allows you to add text and images to your notes and it syncs up across multiple devices!
What could it hurt to check it out? Who knows, maybe 500 years from now, people will be calling your notebooks works of art.
Deborah K Smith, PhD
As a self-proclaimed mixed media artist and creative professional, I am in my 3rd career, having spent 15 years as a software developer and another 15 as a university professor. My first love and my most demanding one has always been creating whether it be a drawing, a bit of crocheted lace, a cloth doll, a piece of software, a PhD dissertation, or a piece of digital art. I simply LOVE to make things and I see make and make-over opportunities everywhere. My only regret is that there is no possible way that I can live long enough to make all of the things I see in my mind.