Why do notebook page layouts suck?
My job takes me to numerous meetings, even though I hate to go to so many of them. Most of the time during the meetings I end up writing lots of notes about,
- good ideas
- things to do, action items
- usual meeting notes
- mind maps, diagrams
- and of course doodles
well, this brings me to the point, I think the notebook page layouts suck. Lets take a look at a typical office notebook page layout (well there is no such thing as a layout in them, but I like to use lots of photos in my posts)
I think the page layouts haven’t really progressed much after Chinese found out how to make a page, otherwise how on the earth we can explain the above one? I mean we no longer use notepad.exe to write our project plans, so why are we stuck with this dumb page layouts? Looks like some one at office depot (or staples) never involved users while designing these office note pads. So instead of focusing more on the meeting, I end up drawing all kinds of symbols (the stars, the banners, the pointers, the call outs) to differentiate action items from caricatures.
I think a more practical office notepad page layout can have few of these following sections like the one I showed on the right,
- Meeting notes
- Doodle section, draw whatever you want, be the next Scott Adams
- idea pile
- action items
- parked items
- issues / challenges
What do you think?
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