I carry a notebook with me everywhere. Sometimes two or three depending upon what’s in them. And while I love having an expensive pen (Mont Blanc) and a typewriter on hand (Olympia SM2 1957), I always carry a Field Notes pocket book with me, because you never know when inspiration will strike.


I also use them to write and re-write keynotes, stats and stories that I need to remember for my presentations. Some people wrongly assume that I have a photographic memory or something because I can spontaneous reel off so many stats and numbers, but that shit takes a LONG time to learn and remember, no matter how spontaneous it might seem at the time. It is purely thanks to the hundreds of Field Notes that I have stacked away at home.


They’re incredibly well made and well printed pocket books, probably the best out there, but it is the story of the people behind them that make them what they are.

Check out their site at and see what you think. I am not affiliated with them in any way and get not dimes if you sign up, but they’re well worth checking out. Their subscriptions are particularly good.


But even better is their slogan ~

“I’m not writing it down to remember it later, I’m writing it down to remember it now.”




  • And thanks to my friend Judd Marcello for introducing me to them a few years back at Salesforce. He’s a good egg – and if you’re ever in the Chicago area you should hit him up.


Communications Designer @IBM • Climate Reality Leader • Lover of Old Business Books, Clever Technology and the NHS • Based in London, UK.

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