When I did my secretarial training back in the days of manual typewriters, we were taught only to draw a single line through old notes on our shorthand pads, just in case we needed to refer to them, a habit I still have. This means that I can look back and see what I was up to in the last century.
Some of the notes still make sense - for instance, there is what is clearly a list for my son's birthday party, including the names of now forgotten friends who needed invitations, together with party bags, balloons and cake, the latter being underlined twice.
Others are more unfathomable. This list looks like one of the 'random words' writing challenges:
- Doc Martin
- John Timpson (who?)
Then there are quite extensive notes that seem to have been made on a time management course, including this gem:
'Look in any mirror and you'll see your biggest time-waster.'