Everyday Carry Writing Pads – A Good Habit

Even though lots of people are now using their smartphones for note taking and journaling, many still prefer the feel of paper and pen. If you don’t want a notepad that beeps or vibrates every few minutes with a notification, consider finding an everyday carry (EDC) writing pad.

According to Jack London, everyone should “keep a notebook” and travel with it. The author best known for Call of the Wild said, “Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up into your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable than gray matter. And lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.”

Author and media strategist Ryan Holiday also advises having a notebook ready first thing in the morning. Holiday generally takes a long walk with his son, and then sits down with a few notebooks. In one, he jots down a sentence to recap the previous day. In another, he makes notes on the previous day’s workout. Finally, in a third, he makes notes about his plans for the upcoming day.

Specifically, Holiday’s EDC notebook ponders questions such as:

  • How am I creating obstacles for myself?
  • What things can I be grateful for today?
  • What is the difficult decision I’ve been avoiding?

These minor check-ins keep Holiday focused, so he can churn out modern classics like The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy.

Personalizing an EDC Writing Pad

The written word is the oldest and best form of technology we have, and it doesn’t require an expensive shell or a monthly payment. You can personalize your EDC writing pad whichever way you want.

If you don’t journal on a regular basis but like to jot down ideas or thoughts that come while you work or listen to podcasts, consider looking for an EDC writing pad that fits your personal needs. Some are small, while others are large. Some have lined paper, while others are full of blank pages. There are expensive leather-bound options and cheap paper covers.

Some EDC writing pads are adventure logs and memo books. They may include sections to fill in, such as Location, Date, Conditions, Companions, and Notes. An example might include the following:

Location: Hanging Rock State Park, NC
Date: July 4, 2018
Conditions: Warm winds, light rain
Companions: Tessa (Siberian husky)
Notes: The rain has kept away the bulk of the holiday weekend travelers, but a few true blue hikers are still on the trails rather than nursing hangovers. The heat might be too much for the dog, so it’s better to come a little earlier for the 6-mile trail that’s mostly in the sun. Just finished the audiobook Gridiron Genius by NFL icon, Michael Lombardi. 4.5/5 stars.

Creating A Powerful Habit

All in all, there’s no reason to consider an EDC writing pad a burden. Instead, it can be a release for new ideas. Consider writing something down every morning or finding a pad that can easily slip in and out of your pocket so you can take it with you wherever you go.

These idea dumps are not necessarily meant to be productive. Instead, notebooks can be used as a way to simply unload ideas or describe personal stories. One day, it might be interesting to look back at your ideas and experiences. Imagine if your grandfather had kept an EDC writing pad during the war or on the day he met your grandmother. That would make for some thought-provoking and entertaining reading.

Think of your EDC writing pad as a way to properly remember the present, while also preparing for the future. You never know where it may lead you.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Brock Swinson

Brock Swinson is a writer living in North Carolina with his wife, Jess. As a writer for Creative Screenwriting and the host of the Creative Principles Podcast, Swinson frequently interviews creators such as Mel Brooks, Aaron Sorkin, Taylor Sheridan, and William Monahan, on storytelling. Outside of work, Brock is currently training for an Iron Man, practicing jujitsu, and looking for new trails to run with his husky mix, Tessa.
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