Ignore your computer or smart phone for a while, we are going off-line, off grid even...! It is just you, a pen (or pencil) and your Filofax personal organiser.
Let us think for a moment about the various notes and ideas, bits of information we jot down in a typical year. In my case these can be fairly random, from how to change my watch from one time zone to another, to conversion formulas, to what frequencies local radio stations are on, which Mark Billingham books I've not read yet... fairly random stuff.
So you could put these notes on different sheets of paper, that would be a good start, and put them in to a section called 'Notes/Information' but you still have a random set of notes and information and over the course of a year, these notes start to build up a bit.
Steve's idea is to file these notes and information sheets within an A-Z index, so in my examples above I would put:
- My watch information sheet in W
- Conversion formulas in F (formula)
- Local radio stations in R (radio)
- Mark Billingham in B (books or Billingham)
And so on, now to make it easier to work out which section you have put things in Steve suggests using a simple index sheet to list the information and which section it is in. I think this is a good idea especially if the number of sheets starts to grow in numbers/size.
I'm certainly going to give this idea a try in my own organiser it will help to combine the notes and information sections in to some sort of regimented order.