It’s time, people. Time, that is, to try a brand new notebook.
Now this isn’t something I take lightly. Nooooo. My notebook is my constant companion during my workday. It’s where I keep my daily To Do lists and it’s where, in a separate section of course, I jot down notes from meetings, make notes for projects, write down random items of ephemera I want to “capture” before I forget and all manner of other stuff. It then also functions as a sort of diary. I can glance back at, say, October of last year and immediately be brought back to what I was working on and thinking about.
The choice of a new notebook is a big one.
I’ve had two I’ve been using for a long time. One is the Bob’s Your Uncle Off the Grid Notebook which is still a huge favorite of mine. I love the simple, usable layout. I’m a huge fan, actually. I just have been using it forever and I need a refresh.
The other notebook is my personalized Erin Condren notebook. Not the Life Planner (I use iCal for my calendaring system) just the notebook. And I love it. I love the customized cover (mine is teal with white zig zags as shown in the photo below) and I love that my name and initials are splashed all over the outside and inside of the darn thing. (I’m so Leo about that kind of thing it isn’t even funny.) But, my complaint with her notebooks is that you can’t customize the inside the way I’d like. I want to control how many sections it has and what kind of paper each section has. And I must have grid paper. That’s my absolute go to paper format for note-taking and good old EC doesn’t offer that.
Sooooo… Mama needs a new notebook.
I’ve narrowed it down to these 3 and I am going to have to choose one soon, my other is running out.
I like this because it has several sections and different kinds of paper formats for different kinds of work.
Then there’s the Mucho Spiral Notebook:
This one is big and beefy (thus, the name “mucho” they helpfully point out on the site) and has the different sections and different papers, but, honestly, I’m sort of “meh” about the cover. Am I shallow?
Finally, there’s the whole Whitelines line of notebooks, which are new to me. Their schtick is that the lines in the grid are white instead of dark gray or black, which not only is easier to read, but makes scanning your notes into your smartphone for filing in, say, Evernote, much easier. I use Evernote a lot, so this is appealing. Note that you can also find these on Amazon.
What say you? What is your absolute favorite, go to notebook. We gotta know!
In fact, if you send me juicy details about why you love your notebook, I’ll put together a whole post of “Penelopes and the Notebooks They Love” and we can all drool on each other.