How And Why To Keep A “Commonplace Book”

How And Why To Keep A “Commonplace Book”

  • A commonplace book is a central resource for ideas and information you come across during your life
  • Purpose is to organize and use later
  • Some of the most famous people have kept
  • How to Do
    • Read widely
    • Mark down what sticks out to you
    • Take Notes / Marginalia
    • Wisdom not facts
    • Approach reading with a purpose and know what you are trying to get out of it
    • Can be books, movies, speeches, etc
    • Actually write down
    • Some thing should take effort
    • Doesn’t have to be book, can be moleskin, notecards ,etc
    • Don’t let it pile up, if you don’t put in book, you’ll never get to it
    • Can be your own writing too
    • Use it
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