I often carry small notebooks with me to take notes. As much of a techie as I am, I still find it convenient and fast to just write some things down on paper. I do later transcribe many of my notes into Microsoft OneNote though. These notebooks are typically the small spiral-bound type and have served me well. I recently bit the bullet and plunked down some cash for a Moleskine Pocket edition with squared pages.
I love it.
At 192 pages, it is barely any thicker than the 50-page books I am using now. There is no wire spiral to get caught on things (including my clothes), and the leather cover keeps it from getting bent out of shape. It also has a small pocket inside the back cover where I can keep small scraps of paper. I used to lose a lot of these with my old books.
According to the website:
MOLESKINE IS THE LEGENDARY NOTEBOOK,USED BY EUROPEAN ARTISTS AND THINKERS FOR THE PAST TWO CENTURIES.
THIS SILENT AND DISCREET KEEPER OF AN EXTRAORDINARY TRADITION, WHICH HAS BEEN MISSING FOR YEARS, HAS BEEN REPRODUCED BY THE ITALIAN COMPANY MODO & MODO SINCE 1998. WITH ITS VARIOUS DIFFERENT PAGE STYLES IT ACCOMPANIES THE CREATIVE PROFESSIONS AND HAS BECOME A SYMBOL OF CONTEMPORARY NOMADISM.
MOLESKINE IS A FAMILY OF NOTEBOOKS FOR DIFFERENT FUNCTIONS, ACCORDING WITH A FREE MINDSTYLE, BOTH BASIC AND EMOTIONAL.
For more information, check out http://www.moleskine.com.