My name is Carrie, and I had a problem.
I love notebooks—especially when they’re new. There’s an inherit optimism to having all those blank pages ahead of you, ready to contain the musings flitting about your mind. With their crisp edges and smooth writing surfaces, you can almost believe you’re on the verge of getting your life together. Almost.
Then you’re ten pages deep with project notes, and you have to jot down a quick grocery list. No problem, right? Tear it out carefully, and it was never there—except you didn’t tear it out carefully. Like an infomercial’s black-and-white “before” footage, you botched it. Now you’re debating the best way to surgically remove the remainder, when you get an idea for another one of your projects. Hold on. That goes in a different notebook. Et cetera, et cetera...
Or maybe you’ve tried digitizing. Programs like Evernote are perfect for amassing research articles, typing quick notes, and organizing things into “notebooks,” but if you’re like me, you need to brainstorm on paper. That usually means taking a picture or resurrecting your forgot-it-existed scanner to get some faint recreation. Meh.
Thankfully, last year, I found the perfect marriage of these two concepts: a reusable notebook that connects to the cloud. I know, I know. I sound even more like an infomercial now, but hear me out, because I didn’t come back from my blogging retirement for my benefit—though, I am using affiliate links in this post, because this is a product I actively use and love. Behold, the Rocketbook Everlast!
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So, there you have it. My favorite solution for more organized, environmentally-friendly note taking. What do you think? Would you try a reusable notebook? How are you keeping track of everything, these days?
P.S. Use code FromTheFuture to get 10% off your order over $15 USD!
P.P.S. I actually backed another project of theirs, Rocketbook Beacons, last January, and they’re due to arrive any week now. When they do, I’ll be sure to post another review. These little bad boys are advertised as being able to turn your existing whiteboard into a scannable Rocketbook surface. I know. Be still, my nerdy, book-plotting heart!
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