I don’t know about you, but me, I think better on a whiteboard. There is something liberating in not having any lines or structures and in knowing that if you make a mistake, you can erase it, leaving no mark of judgement behind.
Problem was that when it was sunny outside, and I wanted to brainstorm in my backyard, taking my 120 by 60 cm whiteboard with me was out of the question. Or moving it about throughout my daily life, even! I can’t drag that big board on to the couch with me or to the kitchen! It’s fixed to my studio.
Thus, as most writers (or may I dare say ALL of them), I carried notebooks everywhere I went. Then, one day, my friends at my writing sprints were talking about this awesome notebook that was basically a small, environmentally friendly, portable whiteboard.
It was love at first sight for me.
I had to get it, and I did.
When my new Rocketbook Fusion arrived, the world became quiet for a moment and then resumed its normal existence, now with a plethora of whiteboard-full brainstorming opportunities wherever I go.
After you fill one, two, three, all pages, you scan them with the app, and the pdf or the png gets to your email, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Trello, and Evernote, among a few more. Then you wipe the page with the accompanying wiping cloth and you’re free to start again. The notebook comes with 42 pages and different templates you can use, acting as a reusable calendar, goal-setting, weekly planner, ruled (and not) notebook.
Don’t get me wrong. I love, love, love paper notebooks. I love their covers, the way they feel, the experience of filling one up with ideas, or even just having lots of them waiting for whatever new project or idea I might have. However, and that’s a big one, paper notebooks do clash with my need to lessen the waste and impact I have on the environment.
Is it perfect? Probably not. I am still buying a new object, but with all the uses I can give it, I will use much less paper, not just for my writing, but for my research note-taking, and any jotting down I need to do. As much as I’ve tried changing my thinking process into a digital one, I think best with marker and board, paper and pen. So, with this notebook’s almost unlimited uses and recyclable materials, I get the freedom to create and erase as I need from wherever I want, I can still use my best thinking process AND still be aligned with my core value of helping the environment.
What is there not to love?
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