Todo List Follow Up – The Notepad

Andy Warren, 2008-10-20

Recently I posted about Managing My Todo List and I had a question via email about what notepad I was using – good to know I’m not the only one that sweats the details. For the past few months I’ve been using a Journalbooks 91340 that I was given by a friend during an office visit that is actually 7×10, and has worked well. The downside is that I haven’t found a source to just order a few, all the places I saw online want you to order a 100 copies…at about $8 each. Not sure I need $800 worth of notepads.

I’m trying out two different new models, one is by GBC/Acco, the 9″x6″ Professional Series Select with 80 pages, spiral bound. Even though I purchased at Staples I couldn’t find an exact match online, this is close. Was about $7. Not cheap for 80 sheets of paper! The other is also from Staples (and perhaps other places), the 5.5×8″ Rolla refillable notebook. It’s an eight ring binder with the rings exposed, paper that pops in – the refillable part. About $7 too, 80 sheet refill $4 and change.

All these get marketed as ‘executive’ notebooks, which I believe is marketing for ‘we will charge you more’. Not sure any of them worth $7-8 compared to a 8.5×11 pad. The other part that aggravates me a little is trying to pick something and be able to get it again – they have stuff in the store you can’t find online, and vice versa. More marketing scheme I imagine.

Of the three, I liked the Journalbook best, maybe just because I’ve been using it. Others will do for now, or maybe they’ll grow on me. It’s only paper, but it’s a tool, and I like to use tools I like. Funny how we all like different tools/approaches, but good to work through the process, pick one, and then just stick with it.

 

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