Why I Still Carry a Notebook & Pen

Staying prepared for any idea that comes up with my trusty EDC notebook & pen.

I get questioned why I carry a notebook and pen when I can use my phone. My answer will always be, “it’s convenient”. I don’t have to wait for an app to type something in with my fat fingers. I can quickly jot down a note and review it later during some down time.

Not only is it convenient, but it keeps me focused and gives me the pace I need to think things through. Otherwise, I’d get distracted by social media or checking my emails and I’ll forget the idea or task I needed to do. When I wake up and have an idea, it doesn’t take long to grab my pen and notebook that’s next to me.

One of the things that I’d like to start pushing for is an understanding that paper and pen are still part of an Information System. Some IT people may disregard the concept and point out an information system only has something to do with technology. And when they talk about technology, they’re referring to computers and other smart devices. I challenge that traditional thought.

I can just as well write instructions on a piece of paper using a pen and it can be considered a program. Being very proficient at identifying processes, it doesn’t matter if a piece of technology or a person is doing the work. I’m a big proponent of understanding the process. Once the process is understood then a decision maker can be responsible for choosing who or what will get the process done.

Others may use a fancy, free app on their phones to jot down notes but I prefer my pocket notebook and a pen. What do you prefer? Let’s talk story, holler @ me.


I got this amazing shot in Big Island in the middle of the night. I woke up from camping and realized the sky was at its clearest while the volcano’s heat provided a glow below the stars. Sometimes the most focus views are found at random times. (Photo by D. Ramos)

2018 is quickly approaching and I find myself in a great position to hit the ground running. Spent a lot of time networking and learning about local businesses and organizations.

Focus. That’s what I’m shaping. This isn’t the first time I started a company. Now that I know exactly what kind of value I bring to the table, I need to make it easier for my customers to select my services. Keeping that in mind, I’m excited to provide packages and a la carte services, making technological solutions as easy as ordering a hamburger.

I’m really excited to hear what you think and get a conversation started. Feel free to holler @ me directly.