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My dad had once relayed to me, before his passing, that this was something he had observed as well. I believe 5-6 work mates of his, all died within 16 months of retirement. All of them shared one trait that was interesting - they were not active at all after retirement.
I am surprised by how many of my younger work mates come to meetings, presentations and brainstorming carrying an old style paper notebook. When I was that age, 15-20 years ago, noone wanted to be seen in a meeting room without a portable; that would mark you as pre-cambrium.
Nowadays, it is no longer necessary to emphasize your modernness to the same degree. Obviously, everybody has smartphones, with more processing and storage capabilities than the old portable. But they are not as good for jotting down notes (certainly not if you have got big hands!), and not for curves and similar sketches. So the notebook is a nice supplement to the smartphone.
I have a (much) younger work colleague who brings her laptop to every meeting and takes notes during the meetings.
Trouble is she is one of "those" typists who seem to make more noise than an elephanting elephant! Half the time the noise of her typing drowns out the speaker, and gods help us all if we're using a squawkbox on a dial-in.
I'd suggest to her to bring a pad and pen but she's a "clicker" too
Wouldn't mind so much if she actually shared the notes with us
Even something that can handle so-called "digital ink" (as much as I despise the term) such as Microsoft's Surface, in combination with software that is designed specifically for it, really isn't all that great. I'd still rather carry pen and paper for those occasions.
And although the camera might be useful for taking a picture of someone's whiteboard scribbling...the result leaves a lot to be desired.
It's a matter of great irony to me that in many of the meetings I get invited to, I'm the only one who arrives completely naked - no laptop or [electronic] tablet. Most of those meetings I'll be the only computer/software-type there.
I carry a small paper tablet and a pen[^], along with my reading glasses. Yes I'm old, dammit, now get the off my lawn!
I'm not sure what a portable is, but I keep notes on my phone - I just write them into my phone after the meeting because using a phone during a meeting tends to seen as not paying attention. Although usually I go back to a computer and type it up, it's just easier that way.
A paper notepad during meetings (mindmaps mostly), adding notes or comments to any printed material. Outside the office there is a moleskine for notes, and a "dry erase marker" on the toilet to write on the toilet-door. Any door is a whiteboard
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