This is the notebook that lives in my back pocket.
I buy them on Amazon at 3 for $10, so they’re cheap enough to keep several around.
There are a bunch of cheaper brands of notebooks, but, after trying several cheap units, Field Notes has turned out to be the best compromise between cost and durability.
On the other hand, if you want a notebook that can withstand an amazing amount of torture, go with Moleskine. They come in all sizes and shapes, and it’s taken me two years of continual use to start seeing the damage.
My favorite size is 3.5 x 5.5. They fit perfectly in my pocket so they’re always there. But, as you can see, after several months of abuse they do begin to wear. They also develop permanent lumps and folds. That makes it difficult to write. However, since I use this one for quick thoughts and reminders to buy groceries, it may be annoying, but the book is still useful.
The one in my pocket is a general purpose notebook for those days when inspiration strikes. The rest in a desk drawer or my briefcase, and are generally labeled by subject.
Sometimes I actually stick to the subject. Mostly not, but sometimes.
(And this is why I don’t keep a bullet journal. If you’re OCD or at least reasonably well organized, a bullet journal is wonderful. But, they don’t work for someone whose mind bounces around more than Ricochet Rabbit. -Like me, for instance.)
At any rate, the point of this post is this: How often have you found yourself searching for something to write a phone number or that flash of inspiration on? A small notebook like this can save your life. They’re inexpensive, unintrusive, and handy if you need to write a note-to-self.
I always have one with me, but at home, I use cheap, spiralbound, subject notebooks, or legal pads.
Legal pads are the most fun. They leave me enough room that I can write what I need to get down, and I still have enough room that I can scribble spider webs in the corners, while I stare into space wondering what the heck I’ve gotten myself into this time.