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Not all notebooks are created equal. Some are better at certain tasks than others. Don't worry, they're still good notebooks.

What to write in your notebook

Think of it this way: you don't see too many transport vans breaking Nürburgring lap records but you do see them hauling furniture. Notebooks are the same way.

Small notebooks are good for small things. Larger notebooks are better at larger things. There's some occasional overlap but generally, that's all there is to it.

Here's how to use a notebook effectively

We named our smallest notebooks "pocket diaries" not because they are cute (although the dusty pink one's kind of are) but because you can put them in your pocket. We designed them to fit in a shirt pocket or a pants pocket or even a pita pocket (well, not that last one, but it'll fit).

Small notebooks are like idea scouts. They're great to have around but by design a bit on the smaller side and not really suited for heavy lifting. If you want to use a pocket diary to write a novel, by all means, you can do so. We'd love to read your work. We also suspect you might want to take advantage of our bulk purchase offer of up to 15% off five or more bundles.

Use the correct tool

Pocket diaries excel at those moments when you need to jot something fast - like when you're on the phone and the person on the other line gives you a number to write down. And although stone paper is normally very tear-resistant, we've perforated the pages so that should you need to tear one out, you definitely could. Say you needed to leave a note on a friend's car. You put it under the wiper blade and later you notice it begins to rain. No worries. Stone paper is also waterproof.

Put one on your bedside table to record middle-of-the-night 💡 ideas. Put one in the door pocket of your car when you need to record your tag number and where you parked - the diary itself even has a small back pocket so you can keep the parking slip there too. Or, just put it in your pocket and use it however you would like.

If you're an elf or a gnome (or have very tiny handwriting) you could probably use it for more than just a place to record your to-do or grocery lists; you could probably use it as a journal. But, for regularly sized humanoid creatures we recommend using one of our larger A5 notebooks.

Use a notebooks amenable to the task at hand

Most of the world knows what A5 means, for those who don't (that's you folks in the Americas and, curiously you in the Philippine islands) once you've held one, most will agree that it's a great size for something you intend to use every day for more important work.

Are you an experimenter, in the lab or the kitchen? We noted that stone paper is waterproof but we didn't mention that it is also not bothered by grease. It also doesn't smolder like pulp paper. Errant sparks may leave a couple of marks but they shouldn't spread. Just wash dirty pages with soap and water and the notes you've taken or the recipe you're working out should be quite OK. Just make sure you've been working in ballpoint or pencil.

Are you an artist or designer working through the night hopped up on a mix of inspiration and caffeine? Let's add ER doctor and medical resident to that list. Chances are you've spilled coffee, tea or maybe even something red that usually stains on your notebooks. Either clean it right off or let it stay put. It's your journal and you do what's best for you.

Evaluate your work

Go back to that to-do list of little tasks you wanted to complete today that you wrote down in your pocket diary. Did you finish them? Great, ✔︎ it off or cross it out. Any accomplishment, no matter how small, feels great.

Have you been learning a second language and writing new vocabulary words in a journal? Review what you've written. You'll be surprised how much this will aid you when you try to recall things later.

What to write in your notebook is up to you but with the right notebook and mindset, you can use them to help you do anything. If you need some help, here are 10 writing prompts to get you thinking so you can light the spark and get going.

Notebooks & Diaries

Pocket Diary 3-Packs- $37 USD
Six colors, perforated pages, incredibly handy.

Standard A5 Notebook - $29 USD
Six colors, 144 pages, great everyday companion.

Leather Bound A5 Journal - $52 USD
Cruelty-free Vegan Leather, 2-color choices, both beautiful and durable.

Bullet Point A5 Journal - $58 USD
Approach your life with mindfulness with this purposefully design journal.


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