For over 30 years, I have carried in my pocket a memo pad of some sort. Once upon a time, that pocket memo pad and my ticklers file comprised my entire organizational system.

Even though I can quickly enter tasks into my digital task list through voice input into my phone, nothing beats having pen and paper handy.

In the pocket on the left side, I keep about half-a-dozen business cards, a couple of major credit cards, and my driver’s license. Credit cards receipts, business cards from other people, or other miscellaneous little pieces of paper also go right up front on that left side until I can get home and handle them. The right side features a memo pad. A pocket underneath the memo pad houses my insurance cards just in case.

The whole thing measures 4 3/4″ high X 3″ wide X 3/4″ thick. The best thing is that I carry no wallet! Money goes in a money clip. Pictures are digital and stored in m phone. The memo pad handles the rest.

When I think of something I need to do, have something I need to record, or anything occurs to me that I need to remember, if it’s not convenient to add it to my digital task list, it goes on the memo pad. It’s now “in the system.” Once it’s in the system, I can forget about it.

I ran across this post, “The Manly Tradition of the Pocket Notebook,” which provides illustrations for how people in different walks of life use this simple tool. Almost 200 people added their own comments on this excellent post.

What about you? Do you carry a memo pad or something similar? Do you have a preference for a particular brand? Leave a comment here or on my Facebook page. If you liked this post, use the buttons below to share it with others.