Review of AquaNotes®: When Inspiration Strikes in the Shower.

[Today’s review comes from Comrade Gary Varner, long-time friend and contributor to Pencil Revolution.]
Where and when do your ideas come? And do you always remember them later when you want to use them? If you’re like me, it’s usually when I’m wet and about to get soapy. And that’s why I started using AquaNotes®.


AquaNotes® is 40 waterproof 3-1/2 x 5-1/4 inch pages bound in a pad with rear suction cups to adhere to your shower or tub walls, along with a water-resistant pencil with it’s own special suction cup holder. Not only are AquaNotes® made and assembled in the USA, they’re eco-friendly as well. From their Web site:

“…waterproof paper that is totally recyclable, environmentally friendly, and non-toxic. Each pencil is water resistant and is made with Incense Cedar wood, a responsibly harvested renewable resource meeting stringent environmental requirements. Even the ink used to print the logo and company information on the notepad is soy based.”

In the past I’ve tried Rite in the Rain and other waterproof pads, Fisher pens, and even waterproof pencils. But invariably when the idea comes I can’t find the pen or the pencil or the pad. With AquaNotes, it’s on the wall at the ready when your next great idea strikes you during lather or rinse (and sometimes both!).
There’s definitely a lot of science behind why ideas come more easily to us when in the shower. This great article from the blog gives some details on brain science and creativity and why showers are a great incubation place for ideas. And as the video below shows, its common for the relaxing effects of water on the body to open up the flow of ideas, and I for one don’t like relying on my memory to capture those gems! With AquaNotes® I’m ready when the ideas decide to show up.

You can buy the pads or parts, and even bulk packs straight from the manufacturer’s site, but places like,, and carry the basic pad kits as well.

Gary Varner writes about communication, productivity, and core skills at, and on Twitter @GaryLVarner.

5 Replies to “Review of AquaNotes®: When Inspiration Strikes in the Shower.”

  1. This is fun — I have a couple Rite in the Rain notepads, and I’ve never actually gotten the change to write in the rain — I’m usually busy trying to get out of the rain, myself. But I could definitely put something like this to use. For some reason, I’ve come up with some really good limericks in the shower that I can’t readily remember later.

    It’s too bad I have an old clawfoot tub with no walls easily accessible to stick this on!

    1. RiR is the bee’s knees. I love the texture of that paper. I always take one camping, though, like you mention, I’m not sitting around in the rain. :)

      I was at a planning meeting for an event in the woods once in 2008, and I had a cheap little memo pad on me for taking notes. Torrential rain and a flooded creek (we waded over the bridge, getting hit by logs!) led me to stick it under my belt buckle, where it STILL got wet. My RiR books are like magical talismans against that sort of rain — haven’t happened to me in the woods since (KNOCK ON CEDAR!). :)

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