The practical, cloud-connected notebook for lawyers.
I recently started using the Rocketbook Everlast. Its pretty cool, and I definitely see it being useful for all business people, maybe especially lawyers.
Full disclaimer: I’m a bit of a notebook geek. I’ve been a long-time fan of Moleskin notebooks, and even used the Evernote-branded Moleskin (that had some nifty “integrations” with Evernote). So while my colleagues might say, “Dennis, you’re always on some new notebook or productivity kick,” and they might be right… this time is different. (Really.)
This notebook is different. It’s pretty amazing.
Old School vs. New School
I’m a big believer in using note-taking and note-keeping software to keep your work, your meetings, your thoughts and your life organized. I’d be lost without Microsoft OneNote. Other professionals swear by Evernote (which I also used for a time, and liked a lot).
Related: 5 Reasons Every Lawyer Needs OneNote
There still something very satisfying about physically writing down notes, whether it be in a meeting, on a call or just thinking on paper. Maybe it’s the tactile nature of physical note-taking. Maybe it’s that I can jot down notes or daft a quick diagram instantly, without the need to click this, right-click that, maximize this window, etc.
In any case, New School Me loves to use technology to stay productive and organized, share data with others, access it from anywhere… but is wrestled by Old School Me who still loves a notebook I can hold, keep on my desk, and conveniently bring to a meeting.
The Rocketbook notebooks bring these two worlds together in really practical way. The physicality and efficiency of a pen-and-paper notebook, the security, organization and accessibility of cloud-based technologies.
What is Rocketbook?
Rocketbook is the company that makes a line of (mostly) reusable, technology-centric notebooks.
Yes, reusable notebooks.
Each notebook in the Rocketbook line has two things that make the products unique:
- Their notebooks (save one) are reusable, which helps keep you lean and mean.
- The notebooks connect to a number of cloud services and apps, making it easy to store, share and organize your notes–and keep them forever without amassing a law library of old notebooks.
They describe their products as a “Cloud-connected Notebook.” Or a “Smart Notebook.” Or “Notebook 2.0.” Any of these are fair descriptions–the notebook, and companion app, work well without trying to be too fancy, or implement too much technology for technology’s sake.
Their first product, the Rocketbook Wave, was a notebook that you use, copy notes to the cloud (more on this shortly), then… pop it into a microwave to clear, or “reset” your scrawled-in notebook to a blank one.
I’m not kidding.
It’s actually quite innovative, and a great way to build credibility when meeting a new client. (“Nice to meet you. Before we get started I have to microwave my notebook, I’ll be right back.”)
The company was famously laughed off of Shark Tank for the crazy idea. Well, maybe “laughed off” is an exaggeration, but they did not get an investment that day. (It’s considered a classic “Shark Tank Deals that They Should Have Done.”)
My write-up here will focus more on the Rocketbook Everlast, which I think was their second product. It’s (probably) a little more practical and approachable than the microwavable model.
Rocketbook Everlast – How it Works
The Everlast is essentially a dry-erase notebook. You use a special pen (which you get with the notebook, and can buy replacements on Amazon), write notes, and can erase sections or entire pages pretty easily. The notebook has 35 total pages, each of which are sturdy and have a nice laminated feel. The notebook itself is about half the size of a standard 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of paper, a nice size to fit into your work bag or take into a meeting.
The “setup” is simple:
Step 1: Buy a notebook. You can get one on Amazon for about thirty bucks.
Step 2: Install the free app for Android or iPhone. This is what you’ll use to store and share your hand-written notes.
Step 3: Setup your Rocketbook “destinations” in the app. This is all of the places you may want to send your notes to. More on this in a second.