I was recently given a pocket Moleskine pad as a gift and it has since changed the way I perceive the act of writing things down. As someone who spends ~90 percent of their day in front of a screen, I’m used to leaving a digital paper trail full of notes, ideas, and things that I’d like to remember. However there’s a certain amount of overhead that comes with this digital paper trail. For instance, depending on what type of ‘note’ I’m trying to take, I may use a multitude of different softwares. For quick work notes I use the default OSX Notes application. For more personal ones, I may open Evernote or send myself an email or something. Then there’s the to-do lists for which I end up using Trello or more recently do.com (who is shutting down). The Moleskine pad, though, has completely removed this mental overhead. Now when I need to remember something or jot down a quick note, I reach for a pen and my pocket notebook. It feels like the act of writing things down on paper is forcing me into better writing habits, as well as teaching me the value of simplicity. All of my thoughts and ideas are in a neat little place that I can pull out of my pocket at any time. It’s a great feeling.