New Republic Article on Notebooks and Bullet Journaling

“I have never had a healthy relationship with notebooks. I hoard them by the dozens, I spend hours filling them, I have them shipped across the Atlantic Ocean by the German company Fantasticpaper…. My real work—writing lectures or things I actually intend to publish—all happens on a computer, of course, but my whole life happens […]

What I Am Using Now

A commenter on a recent post asked what notebooks I was using for my business and personal notes. The notebook I was referring to in that post was a pocket-sized squared Moleskine, one of my hoard of old ones from before their quality declined so much. That is my daily catch-all notebook for journal entries, […]

Review and Giveaway: Writersblok 2017 Planner

Writersblok is heading in some exciting new directions lately. I reviewed their most recent notebooks here. Now they’ve expanded the product line to include a planner for 2017. Let’s take a look! From Kikkerland’s website: “Keep all of your master plans safe and on schedule with this beautiful recycled leather Writersblok Planner. Back pages feature […]

Notebooks Full of Busy

I haven’t managed to write any posts for a couple of weeks because I’ve been caught up in lots of things going on in the rest of my life. It’s interesting to see how all this played out in the pages of my daily notebook: Several pages of journal entries agonizing about whether or not […]

Beautiful Bullet Journals

I’m amazed at some of the spreads you see online of people’s bullet journals– some of these are works of art that go way beyond just detailed organization and tracking! See more at These Instagrammers’ Bullet Journals are organizational masterpieces

Review and Giveaway: Archer Planner

Here’s a new entry in the growing market for highly formatted planners. The Archer Planner from The Active System Co. comes in a 3-pack of stapled booklets. The 3 notebooks are differentiated by the colored block that wraps around the spine, in red, yellow or green, but they are otherwise identical. Each notebook is designed […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: William

This is one of my favorite notebook addict submissions, because these notebooks are truly full of stories! “My name is William, last November marked 20 years for me as a ships agent. Indirectly my notebook habit began in the US Army. A very instrumental part of infantry basic training is you are required to keep […]

Planner Formats

How do you feel about planner notebooks with highly formatted pages? I love seeing images of how people use them, as the pages sometimes look wonderfully dense and textured with text and colors and highlighting. But when it comes to using them myself, I’m a bit reluctant. I make lots of lists on paper, but […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Jake Seliger

Jake Seliger is a novelist, (see his novels here) and blogs at The Story’s Story, where he has a variety of posts about using notebooks and reviewing various brands, some of which I’ve linked to before. I think this photo of his notebook stack qualifies for addiction! Some of Jake’s very valuable reminders about the […]

Writing in a Journal Can Help You Disconnect and Focus

“If you needed a reason to get off your smartphone from time to time, consider that keeping a written journal may actually improve your life.” This article has some tips for those who haven’t yet succeeded in developing the habit of journaling: 4 Tips to Keep a Personal Journal That Can Help You Disconnect and […]