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The meaning of having notebooks or journals

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"I do think you can have a book published!" After reading my handwriting notebook.

I used to think I should have my notebook as beautiful as others I saw in terms of words and drawings, but now I realize that having a notebook is more than aesthetic meaning, or, it doesn't carry a standard!

Requiring myself to have a "perfect" notebook with tidy (and even polished) layout can result in hesitating to write something on it. As you are not willing to write, you will finally get nothing. In this case, "done is better than perfect" as said in a book Essentialism can be a solution for one to feel relax in recording memories, writing and drawing, as well as collecting something like tickets and leaflets in daily life. Don't mind the layout is not good as expected.

Whatever paper or digital (like Evernote), a notebook is a tool for connecting one's past, present and future. You can write about your feeling of the present moment and review later. Nothing is better than writing that since a human is always weak in remembering self by reconstructing past. A notebook thus can be a reminder not only in todos every day, but also what you thought and felt in a moment.

Connecting your future can be explained by, say when you write down some places you haven't been to this time for next visit. This is the best way of planning and a plan should not be made when you sit down and begin thinking every December.

「嘩!你可以出書。」

其實沒那麼誇張吧!

看到別人的筆記本這麼美,當然很容易傾向去想讓自己有這樣的目標,但是筆記的意義不止於此,或本來不應該太在意筆記美觀整齊。筆記的意義應該透過自己的體驗去發掘探索,沒有一定的答案。

曾經介意過裡面的畫不好、字不整齊⋯⋯但是這樣的心態容易造成拖延,拖延就不會去寫,不寫就不會有所發現。所以唯一的心態是done is better than perfect,讓自己自在、輕鬆的記錄(事實、心情)、書寫(文字、圖畫)、收集(過程中的車票、單張等)。

於我,不論是紙本還是雲端筆記本,都是連結「過去」、「現在」和「將來」的載體。它讓我記錄當下的感覺和事情,然後讓我回顧那時的一切,因為人很難重構那刻的狀態,腦海印象往往偏差。偏差還好,但忘記那個地方、那個氛圍、那「一團火」、那個初衷⋯⋯如果在負能量特別重的地方,就只有靠回顧過去的筆記。

旅程因種種未能去過的地方,都可以記下來,成為下次重訪的參考。這就是與「將來」連結。那麼,未來的我就是今天所建構。而計劃,本來就是這樣,而不是每年12月坐下來才想,本來當下你已經想到。    

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Having a habit of writing notebooks started when I knew what "urban sketching" was. In 2012, I visited an independent bookstores in Singapore before going to Australia for my working holiday. I noticed a book called We Love Toa Payoh which is an urban sketchbook by locals. Through drawing like them and using Evernote and even Google Keep, I realize why I should need to draw and write, and why I love to.

I also find my way to share travel memories with my friends. It's not from my smartphone but my paper notebooks. It's not a kind of show off. Instead, I want to encourage them to have a notebook. The most important thing is not the layout, but your thought in it.   2012年決定去澳洲,在經過新加坡的一家獨立書店時,與一本名為We Love Toa Payoh的都市寫生畫集(Urban Sketching)相遇過,再加上本來已開始用Evernote(還經歷過Google Keep),這幾者的經歷下,慢慢明白為什麼要寫,慢慢喜愛去寫。

近來,與友人分享旅程,不是在手機翻照片了,而是自己的本子。不是要炫耀什麼,而是這樣分享比較實在,而且也想鼓勵身邊的人也可以寫點什麼,也想告訴他們其實最重要不是外在,而在自己的心。

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