My notes are a mess. I desperately wish I could carry just one notebook, but every time I've tried it, I can never find the information I need at the moment I need it. So I've resorted to doing this:
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That's me capturing all of my projects on loose sheets of scrap paper with holes punched in them; then I try to organize them in binders with tabs. It's a real pain in the ass and it doesn't work that well.
So I was elated to find this notebook hack (purportedly from Japan) listed on the HighFive Blog that is perfect for people like me, who do not develop projects one-at-a-time in a linear fashion. Here's how it works:
"Let's imagine you're keeping a notebook for recipes and you just wrote down a Chinese recipe on the first page." [Image/description via HighFive Blog]
"Next you'd go to the last page and create the tag 'Chinese' by writing it on the first line right next to the papers left edge." [Image/description via HighFive Blog]
"Now you'd go back to the first page where the recipe is and on the exact same line as the 'Chinese' label you just wrote you'd make a little mark on the right edge." [Image/description via HighFive Blog]
"You'd make this mark so that even when the notepad was closed the mark would be visible. After repeating this for various recipes you'd now have various tags visible on the notebooks edge. Now if you ever wanted to find a Chinese recipe you'd simply look at the index, locate the Chinese recipes label and look along the visible edge to find every single page which has been tagged as Chinese. Then it's simply a case of flicking to each page." [Image/description via HighFive Blog]