You see, model of consummate professionalism I am, I prefer to use a child’s pen while working. Not one with a cartoon hippo stuck on the end, you understand – just one of those four colour biros that most people last saw in a pencil case at primary school.
There is logic to this. Writing in four colours makes it easier to separate things out. The system I use is that black ink is for attractions and general observations, blue is for hotels, red is for bars and restaurants and green is for shopping/ putting a ring round a particularly important bit of information.
This may sound prodigiously anal, but it makes going through old notepads so much easier. I want the detail about a particular bar? Flick through until I arrive at some red ink. That shop that sold the cute stationary? Ignore everything but the green bits.
See – it makes perfect sense. Even if I do look like I’ve mugged an eight-year-old.