Whether you're a student or an urban professional who's constantly jotting, having the proper note-taking tools is essential to getting through the day. Taking notes on paper might seem like an archaic practice, but it's no doubt the best way to take on-the-go notes.

A tablet PC or smartphone requires a charged battery, while the only worry you'll have with one of these items is where you put your pen. Notebooks help to encourage free-thought and will give way to more exciting webs of information that stem from one original idea. Although technological advancements have most certainly come a long way in terms of being able to render the human thought process, a pen and paper are still the essential way to help elaborate on ideas, and move forward with a complex string of concepts.