The Ultimate Daily Notebook
The Ultimate Daily Notebook
I've spent the past 20 years looking for the perfect notebook (haven't we all)... 'The One' that can sit on your desk, combine all the things you need AND magically keep you organised.
In my former life I was a (stationery loving) PA. I knew exactly what I wanted from a notebook, and tried them all. Eventually I decided to make myself the ultimate day pad. I designed my own, printed 100 of them, and gave them to almost everyone I knew because it turns out I didn't actually need 100 50 page notepads all to myself!
Over the years, this pad has been refined over and over. When I set up my first business, I made a few tweaks, and since then it's gone through several formats. This is the one I've used the most and I honestly know that it is THE notebook.
First and most importantly, it's a A5 double page spread - your to-do list (more on this shortly!) on the left, and a blank lined page to the right, for all your notes, sketches, scribbles, and other things you need to take note of. New day, new spread - start your list all over again. This is the holy grail of notebook layouts.
It's undated, so no pages going to waste if you work occasional days, or want to carry on where you left off.
The to-do page is loosely based on a Covey Matrix. You might know it as an Eisenhower Matrix, or you also might be wondering what I'm talking about. I won't bore you to death, but these are productivity hacks that help you take a big pile of stuff, and prioritise the important stuff. The notebook will come with instructions to help you make the best use of it, but the general gist of it is you write out your whole to-do list. Big stuff and little stuff and then:
- Take your top 3-5 important and urgent tasks - these go in the 'Do Now' area.
- Things that are less urgent, need scheduling or looking at later - go in the 'Do Later' square, once you've got through the top tasks.
- Finally, you delegate. This could be work , life , anything where you could be better off having someone else do it for you.
Having these sections help you with procrastination, overwhelm and tackling tasks. They're key to getting yourself organised every morning.
Other things that are extremely important....
Completely lay flat binding, from first use. The notebooks will be OTO bound - which is top of the range for lay flat binding (believe it or not, this is a thing!).
140 pages. This is the perfect amount. I have tested big fat 300 page notebooks (which were my original preference) - but these have a terrible wrist position and are really uncomfortable to write in unless you're in the middle of the notebook. 140 is ideal all the way through.
This means there are 70 two page spreads - at least three months worth of working days. That also works out at .25p per day on being an organisational ninja.
Ivory paper, easy on the eyes. Looks sophisticated.
Bleedproof, no show through, and fountain pen friendly. I've tested the paper with every pen I can think of, from paint pens, to brush pens, highlighters through to all sorts of ink. Other than alcohol based pens (i.e. Sharpies) nothing makes a mark on the other side of the paper.
Made in the UK. In fact, made in the South East by a family run printer and book binder who specialise in flat lay binding. They know their stuff.
A softback notebook with GFSmith covers. Using my favourite paper stocks and embossings, the notebook is a soft cover which is lovely and tactile and in a choice of my favourite four colours, debossed with the PP logo in the corner
So to summarise all the good bits:
- A5, lay flat, soft cover notebook, 140 pages
- Undated, double page spread that will keep you organised
- Off white, Bleed proof, fountain pen friendly pen
- Made in the UK by a small family run bookbinder
Omg absolutely love love love this. I got mine in pink and it’s sooo pretty. Very good quality (as always). I haven’t wrote in mine yet but it will be useful for keeping me organised.
It’s been so much easier to organise my to do list rather than using multiple notebooks! Plus the prompts really help to prioritise.
This notebook is such good quality and has made a huge difference to my working day. I am able to manage and complete my tasks more effectively with the added joy of using this gorgeous planner. I have no doubt I will be reordering as it's now an essential tool on my desk!
Absolutely in love with my notebook - I ordered them for all my team members as a gift and they love them too. Lovely thick quality pages with plenty of space for long lists. Both my daughters have since ordered their own too - I’ve clearly passed on my stationary addiction!
This is such a lovely and useful notebook! I'm thinking of getting one for my sister when she returns to work after her mat leave – it's right up her street.
Inspired selection of colours and a great layout. Love it! Only downside for me is the price. I understand completely why it's set there as a bespoke design for a small independent business, it's just tricky to justify (but of course I did, as I wanted to treat myself!).
Also loved the personalised, handwritten note that came with it, and my whole order was beautifully packaged. It felt very special!
Thank you x