My writing systems

This page is part of a series on journaling.


The journal that I call my Notebook is for:

  • Taking reference notes when reading, watching an instructional video, or listening to a podcast.
  • Brainstorming, drawing mind maps.
  • Planning projects.
  • Outlining blog posts.
  • Linking ideas together, forming new ideas.

When taking notes, I write the content outline and summarize key concepts, with references to the original sources. I also index bits of knowledge, lists, and quick references.


For day-to-day note taking, ideas linking and research, I use the Leuchtturm 1917 ruled notebook ( It’s easier to index than the Moleskine because it has numbered pages. See how I link to a notebook page in Linking is better than indexing.

When studying a course or a large volume, I take reading notes in a Moleskine Cahier Journal Set of 3 Large Ruled ( Then I integrate and rewrite the knowledge in my own notebook or my zettelkasten.

What to note

  • Lessons from The School of Life™.
  • Reading notes.
  • Quotes.
  • Lists.
  • Diagrams.
  • Plans.
  • Ideas for things to do, project ideas.
  • Gift ideas for loved ones.
Alexandre de Verteuil
Alexandre de Verteuil
Senior Solutions Architect

I teach people how to see the matrix metrics.
Monkeys and sunsets make me happy.