I use a normal notebook, a normal pencil, and I write in plain English. If you feel that taking the time to learn this cypher fluently would be helpful or enjoyable to you, then by all means do what you want to do. Personally, I prefer to use more convenient methods, and to use my extra time experiencing magick, or perhaps some mundane pleasure.
I also advise against too much layering as a beginner. This is a technique that can be quite effective, but it can also lead one to believe that their magick is not effective, and that an entire pile of rituals is required to achieve a good effect. This is not the case.
The idea with layering is that you target many different facets of a given situation, employing a variety of powers to work in harmony towards a chosen outcome. This approach can allow for truly glorious results, with many powers coming together to achieve something greater than any one alone could, but it requires a greater degree of trust and wisdom to use well.
You do not, for instance, want multiple powers working on the same thing, and especially not in conflicting ways. That does not lead to harmony, but confusion and stagnation. You also do not want to direct magick at too many situations all at once, as again this does not lead to harmony, but entanglement.
If this is something that you would like to get better at, there are several demons in the book who could help you improve your magickal skills.