and pencil for jotting ideas [caption id="" align=“alignnone” width=“500” caption=“Try that electronically!"][/caption] 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.