30 days to reaching your potential day two: buy a decent notebook

Yesterday we cleared a nice new workspace and today we are going to get one of the major tools in place for improving our results in life: the all powerful notebook.

The notebook is one of the most efficient tools that all entrepreneurs and successful executives seem to still use despite modern technology advances. Buying a notebook that is going to be both durable and made of a fine quality is important. You want to be able to capture your thoughts and ideas while showing to yourself that they are valuable.

How much do you value yourself and your ideas?

Have you ever had an idea that you thought was worth millions? I know I have. But what did you do with that idea? Did you write it down? If so, where? I used to write my ideas on loose sheets of paper or in cheap notebooks and most of those ideas are no longer with me. Why? There are two reasons:

  1. I did not really value my own thoughts
  2. I did not keep the notebooks.
Buying cheap is not a good option for success. I remember years ago buying 30 pens in a packet to ensure I always had one that worked. The reality was however that most of them didn't work and the ones that did were painful to use. Nowadays I have two nicer pens and just buy refills when one runs out. It actually saves me money while allowing me to have a quality item I won't lose. This works with notebooks too. I used to buy several a year, now I buy only one or two. Although the cost is higher, they are a better quality and do not tend to get thrown out or misplaced.

The other benefit with better quality notebooks is the value associated with them. I am less likely to lose or dispose of a more expensive notebook due to the cost. It also makes me feel like my ideas are valuable. Can you image the looks you get when you try and present a business idea to someone that has been jotted down on a loose piece of scrunched up paper? If it seems that you don't value your ideas, then why would someone else?

The action for today is to go and buy a decent quality notebook. Whether you get a little pocket sized one or an A5 size is up to you depending on your needs. The next thing to do is figure out how you will set it out. I personally find that the more complex the system, the less likely it is you will use it. The system I use is:
  1. Leave a blank page at the front (Contact details page not included) to write down your goals and objectives (covered in day three)
  2. Leave two-three pages for an index at the start
  3. Number every second page
  4. Leave a blank two-three pages at the back for writing down recommended reading, videos, etc.
  5. If you are a contractor, leave about 15 pages to document your hours down either at the front or the back. Trying to track hours throughout the notebook is a little too difficult
  6. Leave the rest of the pages for taking notes. Jot down the topics in the index at the start and group via page numbers. They don't have to be in order but rather they have to point you to related material.
Whether you use this system or not is up to you.

  1. Buy a decent quality notebook.
  2. Set up your notebook to a style that will suit you for use.