Fewer distractions. Paper is less distracting. Our mobile devices deliver various reminders and notifications throughout the day, and the wonders of the Internet are only a click away. Those features are designed to make sure we’re not missing anything important and to keep us connected. They also interrupt work and focus, generating chaos instead of calmness.
Best of Both Worlds
It would be wonderful to be able gain the tangible benefits of notes on paper while making them digitally searchable and categorized, accessible on any device, and shareable among collaborators. There are a couple of gadgets that aim to do just that.
Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine. This combines two much-loved names in the note-taking world. Moleskine makes premium paper notebooks. Evernote is a cloud-based digital notebook and popular productivity tool. The Smart Notebook looks like a regular Moleskine notebook, but the paper is designed to enhance an image taken by the camera function in the Evernote iOS App. Page images are saved as Evernote notes, with all the functionality of standard Evernote notes.