KnowItBook is a journaling / organization tool to help you keep track of projects, ideas, thoughts, and notes. You’ll be able to see immediately what their status is and which items need your attention.
Start with a spiral-bound notebook with 100 pages. A divider in the center helps.
In the upper right corner of each page number the fronts only, 1 – 100
The backs of the pages are numbered with a “B” for “Back.” 1B, 2B, etc.
Page one and two are the Table of Contents
Page 3 begins the Miscellaneous Section Draw a vertical line ¼ inch in from the left edge of the page.
Draw another line ¼ from the first.
This gives you two squares to the left of the lines to track items.
When someone gives you a bit of data or you have an idea, this is the place to record it. --- Call about refinancing X + Renew Fitness Membership
The boxes at the left of each line will help you track each bit of information. As you jot down this information, make a mark in the box immediately to the left of the line. A dot means it is not more than a bit of information.
If something is most definitely an actionable item but is a low priority it gets a dash. Dots can be turned into dashes just by drawing a line through the dot.
If it becomes a high priority item, then it can be escalated to a plus simply by drawing a vertical line through the dash if it had previously been a dash. And if it is a critical item, express that as a plus with a circle around it.
When an item is completed put an “X” in the box to the left of these symbols. By scanning down the first column you can immediately see items not completed.
Page 51 is the beginning of the Topics Section.
Topics are items from the Miscellaneous Section that you want to develop into projects.
Turn the book over….now beginning at the back: Page 100B begins the Think Section.
Yes, you’re writing from the back of the book, and upside down.
The Think Section is for diagrams, doodling, figuring, and a quick game of tic-tack-toe.
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Still with the Knowitbook upside-down, turn to page 50B. This is the beginning of the Notes Section.
You will use this section to take notes in a meeting. When you are finished, date the note and draw a line under it.
This is also a good place to take notes during a phone conversation. Date it and draw a line.
When page 50 B is full turn the page and start writing on page 50 but still with the book in this upside down position.
At some point your writing will meet writing coming from the other direction. That is when you make a new KnowItBook.