What do you use your Moleskine for?

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[edit] General Journal/Log

This is what Moleskines are probably most used for (apart from wrapping up dead Anthologies).

[edit] GTD Inbox

Moleskine pocket versions are the most suitable for jotting occasional ideas. If you use cahier Molesines, you can write on the pages starting from the rear side. (The second halfs of cahier Moleskines have detachable pages.) Then, after you've 'exported' your GTD Inbox somewhere else, you can throw those paper sheets away or archive them.

[edit] Calendar/Diary

If you need a sexy, low-key diary and love the Moleskine feel, give the new Moleskine Diary a spin

[edit] Dream Journal

I keep a Mini-Moleskine on the night stand for jotting down dreams in the morning. Also handy if you’re dozing off to sleep and remember something you need to do tomorrow.

[edit] Smoking Journal

I’ve recently resumed the terrible habit of smoking cigars. I’ve used a Moleskine Heavy Sketchbook to paste in the labels and make notes on each smoke. You could do the same with your own guilty pleasure, whether it’s wine, candy from East Asia, or—I don’t know—labels from beef brisket, I suppose.

[edit] Fiction Writing

The reason why writers like Hemingway, Sepúlveda or Chatwin have used them is because they are so portable, reliable and durable that you can sit down and write fiction at your local Starbucks, your favorite Parisian café, your backyard, or even in at Union Square in San Francisco.

[edit] Nonfiction Writing

Many writers and journalists use moleskines for the same reason Fiction writers do. Several Mini Moleskines or cahiers can be used to represent individual chapters, while scraps and small notes can be kept in the accordion. I am currently working on a project that requires extensive use of diagrams, and have taken to tucking a plain cahier in the elastic band of my notebook, so I can sketch up the diagrams as I write, but still keep the drawings separate from the text.

[edit] Pocket weblog

I use a mini moleskine on my 15 minute bus journey into and out of town to jot down blog entries. I can fit about three paragraphs on a page (plus metadata in the corners) which is just about right for a posting later at night. The bus forces me to write economically since there's nothing worse than missing your stop because you're blocked for a word to say.

[edit] Poetry Journal

I try to memorize one new poem per month, and I have a moleskine dedicated to storing the poems I've memorized. At the first of each month, I copy the new poem I want to memorize to the moleskine. Writing out the poem helps with memorization, and I have a portable copy of the poem to review while I'm memorizing it. When I'm in the mood to read some poetry, I have my own personal poetry anthology.

[edit] Commonplace Book

I use the Japanese Fold Moleskine as a commonplace book where I capture quotes, short poems, images, snippets of dialogue, and other items that capture my fancy. Pretty much a tumblelog for meatspace.

[edit] Reading Journal

With a large lined Moleskine numbered on every right-hand page and bastardized Cornell Notes rules, I keep notes for every book I read with some messy, personal icons for material that needs to get transferred or re-used immediately elsewhere (weblog, to-read/purchase list, etc). The first few pages are reserved for a list of book titles, referenced index style using the numbers.

[edit] Engineering Notes

I am a mechanical engineer and I carry my Moleskine with me everywhere. It comes in handy to make sketches, record data, and take meeting notes in. Countless times I have been a Johnny-on-the-spot because I was able to look up some obscure bit of information that I had recorded weeks earlier in my Moleskine.

[edit] Workout Journal

I always carry my Moleskine to the gym to record what exercises I did, how much weight I used, how many reps, and how many sets I performed. Half the fun of weightlifting (or any sport I suppose) is topping your last performance.

[edit] Travel Journal

Long layovers, flight delays, and waiting in train stations are the best times to whip out the Mole and write trip memoirs, record random observations, take notes on current reads and sketch some mindless doodles.

[edit] 'To buy', 'To ask' lists

If you don't want to forget about the new book you were going to buy, dedicate a page to the list of The things to buy. Mark the corner to find this page quickly. Or use a cahier Moleskine for all your buying lists.

Things to ask are also worth being written down. This list will be useful, for example, when you're going to call a warranty service, consult a lawyer.

[edit] Letters to My Children

I have started to use my Moleskine as a way to document my children's life. I try to write a letter to each of my children weekly talking about what they did and things I have said or want to say to them. I figure I will give it to them when they have children and start a tradition.

[edit] Journal/Music

I use the Sketchbook. For journaling, the paper can handle everything I might want to put on it - pencil, pen, ink, paint, glue. (Even fountain pen ink). For music (I'm a composer), I don't like their music notebook; I prefer to make the staves myself with this little gizmo I got in Tokyo. I've gone through three stages: 1) Using only one book for both music and journaling. Unsatisfying - for various reasons I like to keep them separate. 2) Using two sketchbooks, one for each purpose. Unsatisfying - one more thing to carry. Not enough pockets. And always the decision: which to keep in my pocket, on my person - ready to go at a moment's notice, and which to keep in my shoulder bag - slightly more difficult to get to, somewhat de-prioritized...(my wife is now rolling her eyes at my obsessiveness)...plus, sometimes I don't carry a bag with me - what do do then?? 3) I now use one sketchbook, like this: for music, I start at the front and work backwards. For journaling, I turn it over, and work forwards. Separate, but together. Best of all possible worlds. Joy. -orpheus 16:33, 25 November 2006 (EST)

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