Word. Notebooks review & Giveaway

I've been an avid user of Word. Notebooks since the start of the year and they have completely changed the way I take notes and organise my life. The bullet point system used in these pocket notebooks (sized 3.5" x 5.5") really is genius, even when making lists in something other than a Word. notebook I have found myself using the same system throughout purely because it just works. 

I use these notebooks in almost every element of my life, their functionality can be adjusted to suit your needs perfectly. Theres at least three of these notebooks in use right now by me and they're all used differently. One as a shopping list, used to note down the food and household essentials that need to be purchased. One as a to-do list that I use to organise different projects and daily life, if I ever have bigger projects I will use a single notebook for the entire project. And another as a wish-list to keep track of products i'd like to try in the future.
I can adapt the bullet point system to work with these but it can really be used for absolutely anything that calls for a list to be made!

On the inside cover of each notebook is a handy use guide which explains the bullet point system. It's extremely efficient and can be manipulated to suit whatever sort of list you have to make.
The best part is that it's simple to use, each line has a faint circle next to it for you to either add a regular bullet point for normal items or trace around the circle for more important items on your list. If you're using it as a to-do list you can use one line to mark that item as in progress, if it's a shopping list I like to draw one line for products that aren't so important and can be left out if necessary. And finally drawing two lines in an X shape marks that item as complete.
Also on the inside cover is a space for you to write some information about what's inside the notebook, a space for your name and some notes, a section for you to mark down what year and month you're using that notebook and finally a section for you to write some contact information if you ever happen to misplace your notebook.
On the inside cover at the very back is a section titled "Take better notes" with a list of abbreviations and tools to help make your list making quicker and easier.

Apart from the usability of the Word. system one of the main reasons I love them so much is because of the wide range of designs they come in. And they're always releasing new designs as well as some limited edition sets! I often find myself going out and taking only a pen and one of these notebooks, so it's a nice added touch that they look as great as they work. All of their designs are available in packs of three, like most pocket notebooks do.
Available direct from Word. with a retail value of $9.99. 
Recently they have released a new service on their store called "Build-Your-Own-Bundle" and I think it's great. You get to pick 10 notebooks out of their full range, whatever designs you like and all for $25, which is a better value than buying the three packs. I really love this pick and mix style, you can try out as many different designs that you want or get some spares if a certain pattern or colour catches your eye.

But of course a notebook is completely worthless if the paper quality isn't up to scratch. Luckily the paper in these notebooks is really nice. It's has Lynx opaque ultra smooth white 60lb paper and takes most pens without a problem. If you're a fountain pen enthusiast you may have to be careful. I've found when using a pen and ink combination that is quite wet, your writing will shadow and sometimes bleed through to the other side. However I tend to use my Fisher Space Pen or a generic gel pen when writing my lists and I have no trouble with those.

Each staple bound notebook is filled with 48 lined pages which should last you a fair while. And once you've filled one up you can store it and archive your notes/lists away to look back on in the future. All of the paper used on the interior and the cover is acid free which makes them archival friendly and not likely to deteriorate over time.

I am a huge fan of Word. notebooks and I want to share my love of them with my readers, the generous folk over at Word. Notebooks have kindly given me some packs of notebooks to give away! Entering is quick and simple, all you have to do is follow me on Twitter (@deskofadam) and click here to tweet your entry! Starting on Monday 20th October I will draw one person each day until Friday 25th October, this is open internationally and you can tweet your entry at a maximum of once per day.

I really do love these little notebooks, they're the perfect tool to help my organisation and after being such a happy user of them for so long I can't see myself not using at least one at all times!

Thanks for reading, and good luck to everyone who enters the giveaway.

Posted on October 18, 2014 and filed under Paper Review.