So, I saw this at Office Depot, by TUL. And, I just had to have it. I waited a week and I still had to have it.
It's possible that I was just captured by the idea of something new and fun. This is all of those things. It seems innovative enough. As I said, I waited a while... and then ran to the nearest Office Depot to find my notebook. I chose the Junior size, because I like the smaller notebook feel. Also, I chose purple.
As I researched exactly how it works, I discovered that the idea of disc-bound notebooks was not unique to TUL™ or OfficeDepot/OfficeMax. Martha Stewart has her own, and so does Staples. I haven't seen them at Michael's, and I'm not gonna lie; I'm a little disappointed. They seem to be pushing 'Agendas' right now; it seems like this would fit right in.
I should have taken a picture of my notebook, because it went everywhere with me. (Except that one time...)
I had been looking for a project management system, and this seemed as likely a candidate as any. I can add a calendar in there if I need to. One of the cool ideas is that you can hole-punch any piece of paper and add it to your notebook (assuming you shell out for the hole-punch.) There was nothing stopping us from doing that with 3-ring binders except the space between the rings. The space between the discs does lend itself much more easily to throwing random sheets of paper into the mix.
I soon decided that the small discs were not enough for me. I had ideas of sections that I wanted to divide the notebook into – writing ideas, journal, grocery list, project management sections... So, I acquired a set of the larger-sized discs and quickly disassembled my note-taking system and re-assembled it in the larger version.
Now it was just awkward – another reason I would have liked to have taken a before picture. While it was getting crowded and stuffed, at least it held together. These larger disks flop around a bit. I need more paper to hold it all together.
I've put all of my pocket dividers and page dividers and everything I have into this. We'll see how it holds up. I'll carry it around and see how it works. It was a bit of trouble to get it all transferred, so I need to work with it before I make the decision to transfer it all back.
All in all, there is a variety of things that you can use to make this work. I do keep it with me and I do write in it. So far so good. We'll see if it can help keep me organized. This together with Evernote and I will be unstoppable.