Choosing your next notebook may seem like a simple process: you walk into a store or search a few websites online, pick a notebook with a cover that fits your aesthetic, and then purchase it. But have you ever stopped to think about the functionality of your new notebook? Most likely, not. Functionality is not something we usually think about when purchasing a new notebook, but it is the basis for success.
If you are not set up for success, how can you achieve it? For example, to win a race, you would choose to wear sneakers that fit your feet, not stilettos that were too small. A crucial aspect of achieving success in any part of life is setting yourself up for it. So, let us explain the differences between notebooks and why spiral notebooks are your best option for success through their functionality.
Composition vs. Spiral Notebook
Whether you are looking at a composition notebook from primary school, the classic black and white ones that bring back a wave of nostalgia, or a hardbound book from the book store, at first glance, a composition-style notebook may seem like an excellent choice for your next purchase. They seem sturdy and reliable, but their functionality is not similar to a spiral notebook.
A spiral notebook is more usable for any individual. You can rip out pages without leaving damage in a spiral notebook, which is not the case in a composition-style notebook or even easily switch to writing on the left pages. This flexibility of a spiral notebook for its user allows you to make mistakes, start over, or even use the notebook for more than one project without visible damage. That is not necessarily an option for you with a composition-style notebook because most composition notebooks are hardbound. The practical nature of a spiral notebook makes it superior to a composition notebook and sets you up for success.
Business vs. Spiral Notebook
Business notebooks or day planners are some notebook user’s lifeline. They couldn’t imagine going somewhere without a planner that helps them determine their schedule and goals for the day, week, month, or even year. That being said, notebooks that are formatted as such leave very little room for functionality.
For example, if you want to take notes in a business notebook, there is limited space for such; or, if you are looking to tear out a page to write a letter for someone, this is generally difficult to do as well. Similar to comparing a spiral notebook and a composition notebook, a spiral notebook also has more functionality than a business notebook. You can implement a planner or “to-do” list inside your spiral-bound notebook while also not limiting yourself to space for notes.
Setting yourself up to achieve success is the start of any great success story; therefore, using a spiral notebook is a small decision that can significantly impact you.