Why I still use paper

and pencil for jotting ideas

Visual Note-taking Conference Call Notes by Austin Kleon.
Try that electronically!

A quick list of advantages of the good old way of taking notes:

  • When ideas flow, only pencil can keep up with their speed.
  • Doodling actually helps with the idea flow.
  • Ideas are random, typing is linear.
  • You can get away with drawing something on paper to depict a long sentence. Doing the same on a computer will mean sidetracking into finding a clipart.
  • No pesky distractions, including those from the spelling or grammar checkers.
  • My best UI design always starts on paper
  • Easy to create mind maps.
  • Paper is truly portable, I can take it anywhere.
  • Only once I have all the thoughts on paper, do i try to organise them and make them electronic

How about you? What do you prefer, electronic or paper based note taking?

PS: I do like freemind when I am in mood for electronic note taking.


Kid Project: Making paper

I was trying to explain paper-recycling to my daughter, then thought it is best we do it together. Thus came about a weekend project to make paper from waste papers. Although the end result was not that great, I think she understood the concepts.

She was super excited and did most of the steps herself, including taking the pictures.

Here is a pictorial guide to making your own ‘hand-made’ paper.