Back in the school days, taking notes might be the most enjoyable for me besides the lectures.  A common challenge for note-taking is what to include in the notes.  Should we take down every word uttered by the speaker?  Of course, if we try to do so our hands probably go out before our minds do.  Word. Notebook is a product that helps with process, to make our lists less chaotic, and to promote more efficient notes.
Product Specifications (taken from Word. Notebook’s website)

    • 48 pages, lined
    • 3.5″ x 5.5″
    • Made in the USA
    • Cover: Environment Desert Storm 120# smooth paper (100% post consumer recycled)
    • Interior: Lynx Opaque Ultra smooth white 60# text
    • Acid free paper (cover and interior)
    • Printed with Hostmann-Steinberg inks
    • Stitching wire comes from the Spiral Binding Company
    • Available 10 colors/designs:  Black, Orange, Natural, Blue Floral, Red Floral, Tan Camo, Traditional Camo, Swedish Camo, Green Leaf, and Tan Leaf.  Black Bandana and Red Bandana are limited editions.

 

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Left:  Front Cover; Right:  Back cover.  The cover shown here is Blue Floral.  It appears feminine at a glance, but edgy when looks up close

The appearance of this notebook resembles Field Notes and Calepino notebooks with the cardstock cover and the size.  The overall design of the Word. Notebook invites you to carry it all the time, either in your purse or back pocket, so you can retrieve it when you need to jog down a note or two.  Though the staple bound notebook does not stay flat initially, the situation can be remedied by going to the middle of the binding (where you can see the staples), and fold back both covers.

 

Paper

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Left:  Writing sample done in Word. Notebook.  You can see some fuzzy edges in the fountain pen writing sample.
Right:  The backside of the same page.  Bleedthrough for wetter media.  

The white pages inside are smooth to touch and not too bright to cause eye fatigue.  The rounded corner pages prevent any paper cut or scraping in page turning or retrieval.  In the media testing page, one can see that the paper is not 100% compatible with fountain pen ink, with the exception of Montblanc Royal Blue and J. Herbin Rollerball pairing. There are feathering, bleedthrough and showthrough for fountain pen ink on this paper.  The same phenomenon happened with Sharpie and fude pen, both wet writers.  The drying time is superb; in fact, you can see how quickly the paper absorbs the ink.  I am assuming that most people will have either gel, ballpoint, or pencil handy than a fountain pen, which are excellent for Word. Notebook.

Page Format

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The information/tips included in the front and back inside cover.  I personally find it very fascinating.
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bullet system in Word. Notebook close up

What features set this little pocket book apart from its competitors?  The  materials printed inside of front and back covers.   The front cover has the normal ownership information (name, if found contact line), but it also has legends that help the users utilized the bullet system devised by Word., that can be adopted for to-do list or notes.  On the back cover, there is a chart that denotes various shorthand you can incorporate in note-taking to make the process more efficient and effective.

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Testing out suggested list making method by Word.

From the short mocked list I made, it is evident that the list looks a bit cleaner in the respect of completeness; nonetheless, similar to cultivating any habits, consistent practice is needed for a certain organization.  The line width provides ample room to accommodate various handwriting sizes.

While reading some tips on the back cover of the notebook, I all of the sudden remembered some of the shorthands I used while in school and thought I could share them here.  The example I provided here is some of the recollection I had on my notes in medieval history class.  Equal sign “=” is sometime substituted with the word “is”.  Equal sign with a question mark on top denotes possible debate on certain point.  Not equal to sign “≠” shows the negation in the sentence.  Almost equal to sign “≈” shows arguable space in a certain clause.  Words end in -tion is usually contracted to t’n.  Since the word “Christian” and “Christianity” are often used, I used “X” to substitute “Christ” as in Xmas. Delta sign “Δ” is often used in place of “change”.  One thing to remember is that use of shorthands requires reviewing of the notes after they have been taken; otherwise, they would appear as pictograph or jumbled sentences. 

>As the new year approaches, Word. Notebook can be a great stocking stuffer for anyone who is interested in becoming more organized or trying out a new way to organize details in life.  Its portability and innovative system will bring smiles to stationery lovers’ faces.

A sample of Blue Floral Word. Notebook is graciously offered to me by Word. Notebook.  All opinions and evaluation done here are entirely mine.  I was not compensated monetarily for writing this review.  Thank you again, Word. Notebook, for making a great product!

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