1 – Start A New Notebook

If you didn’t come here from 0-Ask If You Are Ready, go there first. This is not a post you should just jump into.

As I write this post, it is summer and stores are already offering deals on school supplies. Take advantage of this opportunity and go to your favorite office supply store and look for the “composition” books kids use in school. I like the ones from Wal-Mart that are 9.75″ by 7.5″. When we were in Wal-Mart the other day, the sale price was $.40 each, so I bought 20 of them. I already had dozens but the price was too good to pass up. I may go back if I am near that store again and get some more. You can never have too many blank notebooks.

Here is how to start a new notebook for the method I will be describing in the posts that follow:

  1. On the cover, write the topic the book is about, and the date you are starting
  2. Inside the front cover, write your name, address, phone number and email. If you lose the book for some reason, you want the person who finds it to be able to contact you so you can get it back. Though the book may never leave your desk, this is just a good thing to do. It reminds you who you are.
  3. On the first page, repeat the purpose of your notebook, which is the big problem or question you are trying to answer.
    Under the purpose or title, add a statement that says “Index at back”.
  4. Go to the last page and write “Index” at the top, to the right of the red line. Write “Page” to the left of the red line.
  5. Go back to the beginning of the notebook and turn the page so you have the first two blank pages in front of you.
    Write 1 in the upper left corner of the page on the left, and 2 in the upper right corner of the page on the right.
    Write the date underneath the page number on the left.
    In the future, when you start a new page on a new day, add the date. Otherwise, just put the page number.
  6. Close the notebook and take a deep breath.
  7. Go to the next blog post, and find out what is in store for you. It might be really fun.

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