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1. May 2023
1. Enter the venerable composition notebook. For \$1.507, I get 180 pages at that composition book size (larger than A5) with a reasonably durable hard cover. The paper is quite acceptable for writing and I really don’t care if I make a huge mess within because it’s relatively inexpensive8.

At Mark Dykeman's rate, to convert to cheap composition books, he's looking at \$26/year for the equivalent paper consumption. On a per day basis, it's \$0.071 per day in paper.

This can be compared with my per day cost of \$0.421 per day for index cards, which is more expensive, though not \$1-2 per day for more expensive notebooks.

2. I take a lot of notes during my day job. More like a huge amount of notes. On paper. As an experiment I started using several Dingbats* notebooks during the day job to see how they would work4 for me. After about 9 weeks of trials, I learned that I could fill up a 180 page notebook in about 3 weeks, plus or minus a few days. Unfortunately, when you factor in the cost of these notebooks, that’s like spending \$1 - \$2 per day on notebooks. Dingbats* are lovely, durable notebooks. But my work notes are not going to be enshrined in a museum for the ages5 and until I finally get that sponsorship from Dingbats* or Leuchtuurm19176, I probably need a different solution.

Mark Dykeman indicates that at regular work, he fills up a 180 page notebook and at the relatively steep cost of notebooks, he's paying \$1-2 a day for paper.

This naturally brings up the idea of what it might cost per day in index cards for some zettlers' practices. I've already got some notes on price of storage...

As a rough calculation, despite most of my note taking being done digitally, I'm going through a pack of 500 Oxford cards at \$12.87 every 5 months at my current pace. This is \$0.02574 per card and 5 months is roughly 150 days. My current card cost per day is: \$0.02574/card * 500 cards / (150 days) = \$12.78/150 days = \$0.0858 per day which is far better than \$2/day.

Though if I had an all-physical card habit, I would be using quite a bit more.

On July 3, 2022 I was at 10,099 annotations and today May 11, 2023 I'm at 15,259 annotations. At one annotation per card that's 5,160 cards in the span of 312 days giving me a cost of \$0.02574/card * 5,160 cards / 312 days = \$0.421 per day or an average of \$153.75 per year averaging 6,036 cards per year.

(Note that this doesn't also include the average of three physical cards a day I'm using in addition, so the total would be slightly higher.)

Index cards are thus, quite a bit cheaper a habit than fine stationery notebooks.