new logbook, initial thoughts

Rhodia recently released a new notebook, the goal book. I was in the process of moving into my next logbook, a my essential grid, when everything in my life turned upside down.

As my life slowly finds its new normal, I am revising my techniques so that I can stay focused and not overwhelmed. I was delighted when Karen and Sunny offered to send me a notebook to review (the FTC wants you to know).

The notebook arrived last Friday afternoon. I may have exclaimed the most over the dual marker ribbons that are already finished to prevent fraying.

goalbook & weekly review

Beyond the ribbons, what are my first impressions?

I really like it! This was the easiest notebook to simply open and begin using. While I’m still not completely positive how I’ll use all aspects of the goalbook, I quickly became comfortable using it. The ivory paper is easy on my eyes and I like the extreme flexibility of dot grid.

Over the weekend I began to configure and “move in” and found this to be the easiest notebook to switch to. Honestly I’m not quite sure why there was no friction despite already wishing I had planned and begun a few things differently. As there will likely be multiple pages for certain big topics, such as books to review and blog post topics, instead of one entry per page (as in the my essential notebook), it makes more sense to list multiple pages for each topic entry.

I am maintaining the daily log of my business activities as normal and have the project-specific notes (in bullet journal language, collections) as they come up. Blog post topics will be recorded in the two-page calendar spread. To my surprise, the anno log isn’t yet in use.

I’m curious to see how I handle fiber-arts design in this book. Due to the large changes in my life I haven’t been able to create new work yet, but as everything settles I’m getting back into it.

It should be interesting to see how my system evolves as I use the goalbook. Thank you Karen and Sunny for the review copy!


goalbook calendar

goalbook content index

goalbook log

goalbook details

  • A5 softcover leatherette notebook
  • 90g ivory paper, super smooth, acid-free, pH neutral
  • 240 pages: 224 numbered dot grid pages, 6-page table of contents, undated annual calendar, undated monthly calendar
  • Available in 16 Vibrant Colors: Silver, Black, Chocolate, Taupe, Beige, Anise, Turquoise, Sapphire, Iris, Purple, Lilac, Raspberry, Poppy, Tangerine, Orange & Yellow
  • list of US retailers