Rhodia Notebooks — I’m not really a huge pen and paper nerd that tries all sorts of combinations to find the optimal one, but I’ve been making it a point to write more things down lately and having bought this little notebook more than a year ago I want to give it a recommendation.
Rhodia is a French company that makes a series of interesting notebooks in various sizes, but I’m partial to their 7.5 cm x 12 cm notebook (commonly found as the 3” x 4.75” size).
It’s rather simple: a slightly tougher laminated card stock cover with 12 sheets of paper stapled down the center and folded in half to make 48 pages. Each page is graph-ruled with rounded corners.
I like how small the notebook is. The stapled binding and thin nature allows it to sit unnoticeable in your jacket pocket. Unlike many Moleskine notebooks that are thicker, you don’t feel the weight of this notebook. And unlike spiral-bound notebooks, it won’t catch on the fabric lining of your pockets.
I’ve been such a fan of using this notebook that I’ve gone ahead and bought 10 of them from Pen Boutique for just under $25 shipped.
Having a tiny notebook won’t make you more organized or a better writer, but I’ve just found it handy to have in so many situations that it’s found a regular place in my EDC. I put all sorts of random stuff in there from phone numbers, directions, drink recipes and blog post ideas.
The largest problem I’ve had in writing stuff down was that I didn’t always carry something with me to write things down. You get too large of a notebook and it becomes a burden to keep it around with you. This is so light and slim that it can fit anywhere and removes that friction. For around $2 a pop, I’m a fan.
ADDING: Per jhilla:
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I have nothing against Field Notes, but their notebooks are too large at 3.5” x 5.5”. Also, they are slightly more expensive at $3.33 per notebook.