How to Find the Best Notebook for Your Life

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A good notebook can be a game-changer. 

The best notebook for your life is one that matches your exact needs. Think every notebook is basically the same? Think again. 

Are you looking for a place to gather all the creative ideas you have each day, or are you looking for a streamlined book that’s part to-do list and part journal? Do you bullet journal? Do you take tons of meeting notes?

Use the list below to find the best notebook for your life and work. If you find one you love — tell us about it! We love notebooks and would love to hear what works for you.

Best notebooks for everyday use

If you're looking for a classic notebook that can work for everything from journal entries to grocery lists to a DIY bullet journal, you need a high quality book that can adapt to your everyday needs. 

Look no further than the Leuchtturm1917 Master Slim Hardcover Notebook, a sleek notebook made from long-lasting materials and with just the right amount of style and function. It comes in a range of colors from neutral to bold, so you'll be sure to find one that speaks to you.

This 121-page notebook is A4 size, which means it's just a slightly bigger than a sheet of letter paper. You have space for brainstorming, doodling, journaling, and just about everything you need from an everyday notebook. Leave it on your desk or toss it in your backpack - this book is up to whatever job you throw at it.

Best notebooks for executives and leaders

When you're in a leadership role, meetings are usually a big part of your day. Not only do you need a notebook with space and function to support lots of notes, but you need a book that looks as serious and sophisticated as the rest of your appearance.

Enter: The Executive Notebook. This book is slightly bigger than A5 size, which means lots of space for notes, and the pages are edged with gold for a luxurious, elevated look. The cover and binding are top of the line, which means you can take this notebook anywhere and it will keep looking sharp.

The cover comes in elegant dark colors, and the pages are dot-grid, so you have the freedom to make every page fit with your exact needs.

Best notebooks for creatives and travelers

Not every notebook is made to travel the world with you. But The Founders Notebook is. Not only is this luxurious notebook made from deceptively stylish yet highly durable materials, it is extremely lightweight and flexible, so that you can put it in your carry-on or handbag without missing a beat.

The metallic covers are eye-catching, as are the gold-edged pages. If your personal style is something you just have to express, you won't want to be without this exquisite notebook. Everyone will want to know where you got it.

The lined pages are made of luxurious, creamy paper, and the binding lays flat so you can use every inch of every page for your biggest ideas.

Best notebooks for minimalists

Looking for fewer distractions, simplicity, and the space to be present and focused? Whether you consider yourself a minimalist or just prefer your notebooks without the frills, you need a book with sleek style and function.

The Ink+Volt Hardcover Notebook (or its softcover sister) is a perfect fit for a minimalist. With timeless, understated style, these notebooks come with either dot-grid or lined pages and one red ribbon page marker to help you keep things clean and organized. Get a black, charcoal, or navy cover for serious style that speaks for itself.

Best notebooks for daily focus

A daily planning notebook that helps you stay focused can be a lifesaver, especially if you’re easily distracted, face a lot of interruptions, or have busy days every single day. Look for notebooks or notepads that help you prioritize and keep track of what is going on all day.

The Today Planner is a best-selling at-a-glance day planner that allows you to plan your busiest days and stay organized and productive all along the way. With hourly time blocks and space for to-do's and tomorrow tasks, you'll hum along with focus and clarity, getting more done than ever before.

Best notebooks for quick notes

Think thinner, sleeker, smaller for this category. Whether you need something for your nightstand or the glove box, size matters. But small doesn’t have to mean boring.

For quick notes and ideas on the go, the Kunisawa Find Slim Note is a lightweight and portable option. Kunisawa is an exceptional brand; their books are made in the heart of Tokyo by a legendary printer and book-maker known for their buttery, fountain pen-quality paper.

If you’re looking for something with an adhesive backing, look no further than the Kunisawa Find Sticky Memo Pad. Great for next to the phone, in the kitchen or common areas, write a note and stick it using this beautiful notepad.

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