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Entries Tagged as 'Notebook'

The Napkin (or Envelope)

February 17th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The napkin or envelope is still one of the best tools for the engineer or manager or fill-in-the-blank. I have a(n old-fashioned) laptop computer, a smartphone, and a tablet – and I still write notes on a napkin. Yes, I am old, that is part of the explanation. Yet, there is something […]

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Tags: Design · Estimation · General Systems Thinking · Ideas · Notebook · Thinking · Writing

How Would that Feel… ?

January 20th, 2011 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Here is a little secret about me: When I walk through any store that sells writing instruments and writing surfaces, I stop and wonder how it would feel to write words with those instruments on those surfaces. It doesn’t matter what type of store it is. Grocery stores sell “school supplies.” I […]

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Tags: Notebook · Writing

Clearing the Mind of Distractions

May 13th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Frenzied paralysis – so many things in my mind that I cannot do any of them. I make a list to clear my mind and move from paralysis to action. I can’t think. Well, that’s not true. I guess the problem is that I am thinking too much. Well, that is not […]

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Tags: Design · Ideas · Journal · Magic · Notebook · Reframe · Systems · Writing


February 12th, 2009 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Knowledge is difficult to obtain and precious to me. Therefore, I write notes in notebooks and I keep the notebooks. This photo shows my notebooks (click photo to enlarge). I have filled these with various types of notes since 1984. Yes, that is about 25 years of notebooks. I use three types […]

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Tags: Journal · Notebook · Writing