About this project
In October of last year we launched the BASICS Wallet (pictured above) here on Kickstarter, and with the help of 6,000 people just like you, we were able to raise $170,000 to bring the BASICS Wallet to life. The wallet now sales on our website at www.basicswallet.com. Check it out! We are excited to introduce the 2nd product in the Basics family, the BASICS Notebook!
When discussing this idea with friends and family we were often asked, "Why a Notebook? Isn't that a step backward in technology?". To this question we responded that the notebook is not a step back, but instead a tool to be used in tandem with modern technology to keep your life moving forward in the right direction.
So Why a Notebook?
During our first Kickstarter, we noticed very quickly that our notebooks were crucial for accomplishing goals, tasks, notes from business meetings, drawing prototype ideas, brainstorming, and to just keep the project moving forward. It was nice to have everything in one place and be able to have access to it anywhere and anytime. However, with all of the notebooks we went through we couldn’t find one that accomplished everything we needed and covered every aspect of our lives. One notebook that would allow us to plan, set goals, provided pages for notes, and blank pages for drawing and sketching.
We developed different layouts that we tested on our own and then passed on to others for feedback. After receiving feedback we finalized the design and have loved what we have come up with, and we know you will too.
It has been interesting to see what we have been able to accomplish by setting goals and taking action. We have all been taught this principle before… "You will never succeed if you don’t try". Making your dreams into realities requires that you take that first step of setting goals and making plans. What better way to do this than with a pen and paper?
To us, there is no replacement to the feeling of planning, brain storming and taking notes, with a good old fashion pen and paper. However there is nothing old fashioned about this notebook. We have countless innovations and page layouts that will both simplify and improve your life. Lets take a Look!
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Thanks for your support! We will email your free PDF within 2 weeks of our Kickstarter Campaign end date. If you also want to purchase the actual notebook, check out the innovative features below and select a reward level above.
Thanks to everyone's support we are able to make the notebook even better! Here are some stretch goals that we will apply to each reward level if we hit the specified funding goal! Help us spread the word and hit these funding goals so that we can make this an even better Notebook!
Grid Dot Paper - We will add a new option on each reward level for a black notebook in the 12 and 6 month version that replaces the lined paper for grid dot paper. (Only available in black).
- Pen - We will include one pen for each notebook.
- New Color - Every new color requires a very large quantity to be purchased but if we hit $500k, then we will introduce a new color based on feedback we receive. If we hit $500k we will send out a survey to ask for your color choice.
- Perforated Pages - We will perforate the last 15 pages of the lined paper section and the last 5 pages of the blank page section.
The BASICS Notebook is hard cover and made of a high quality faux leather that just gets better over time. The notebook is available in two colors, black and mint, giving both men and women the option to choose whatever color they like best. We have used a high grade thick elastic to hold your notebook closed. You're going to love the way this notebook feels.
How many times have you thought, "I should write that down, no, I can remember" and one hour later poof... Its gone. Now you can capture inspiration and important thoughts in the moment, and never be lost without the tools you need to write it down.
By lowering the height of the pages in the notebook by just 0.3" inches, we have created the perfect place to securely store your pen or pencil.
The first dual elastic notebook of its kind:
- The thicker elastic is designed to hold the notebook shut, and it also holds the pen in place as explained above.
- The thinner elastic is designed to be used as a bookmark in the calendar so that you can easily turn to the right page every time you open the notebook.
- These elastics also work together to help the notebook stay open. Perfect for reading, typing, or on windy days.
While the elastics help, we have designed our notebook so that it lays flat without the aid of the elastics.
We have added a pocket on the inside of the back cover allowing you to store important papers and documents. Each notebook will come with 2 pages of whiteboard paper (see feature below), which will be placed in this pocket to give you room to do some brainstorming. A great place for creative thinking.
White Board Pages
When working in groups, drawing, or if you just have something that you want to jot down, you can use the 2 whiteboard pages found in the back pocket of the notebook and easily erase everything when you are ready to move onto the next brainstorming session.
While all of the exterior features of the notebook simplify your life, it's the inside of the notebook that is really going to help improve your life.
We have designed The BASICS Notebook with the best materials inside and out. Inside the notebook we used eco-friendly 80g ivory paper. The notebook comes available in two options, a 12 month and 6 month planner. Here is a breakdown of what is in each of these two options followed by the quantity of pages in each layout:
Each notebook has a total of 220 pages, giving you a notebook thickness that is comfortable and convenient. Below you will see the number of each type of pages in each of these two options, the 12 month and 6 month notebooks:
Both the 12 and 6 month notebooks are sold at the same price. Once the Kickstarter Campaign ends we will send out a survey asking you which type of notebook you would like. If you pledge at the one notebook level you will be able to choose the 12 or 6 month planner. If you buy any reward level that offers multiple notebooks you will be able to choose any combination of 12 month or 6 month notebooks you want.
Here is a rundown of what the monthly and weekly layouts look like and how they can be used. Find the colored section you are curious about in the monthly and weekly layout sections below and read the corresponding description below the image.
Click the link below to see a digital copy of the 6 month notebook:
A ) 3 Daily Tasks – Fill out three things you want to do on a daily basis and check the box each day that you do that activity (i.e. exercising, personal study, planning, etc...). This will give you visibility on how well you are performing these tasks on a daily and monthly basis.
B ) Notes – Two notes sections are provided for you to use however you want. There is always something that needs to be written down.
C ) Monthly Focus – Select something that you would like to focus on this month in order to improve (i.e. budgeting, meeting new people, eating healthy, or any other positive activity).
D ) Monthly Calendar – We have given you an open calendar where you can add any dates you want. This gives you the flexibility to use the calendar whenever you want rather than having a notebook that will expire. Here you can get a big picture view of your entire month, and never miss another meeting, appointment, or party. We will provide a yearly calendar with the notebook so that you have easy access to the dates anywhere you have your notebook.
E ) Goals ---> Tasks – Here we have provided room to write down your 3 most pressing goals for the month. Then connected to each goal are three lines to list three smaller tasks that will need to be completed in order to achieve that goal. This activity forces you to break down big daunting goals into smaller and more digestible tasks to ensure that you know what to do on a weekly basis to accomplish your goals.
A ) Notes – Two notes sections are provided for you to use however you want. There is always something that needs to be written down.
B ) Weekly Layout – The weekly layout gives you an hourly break down of the 7 days of the week with 1 line for each hour between 6am - 10pm. For early morning, lunch, or late night activities, we have added an extra blank space before 6am, right after 12pm, and right after 10pm. Assign these hours to fit your needs. Just like with the monthly calendar, we have given you an open weekly calendar where you can add any dates you want. This gives you the flexibility to use the calendar whenever you want rather than having a notebook that will expire. We will provide a yearly calendar with the notebook so that you have easy access to the dates anywhere you have your notebook.
C ) Activity – Research has shown that happy and positive people are more productive, have higher income, demonstrate superior performance, and overall are more successful. So let’s focus on this and create opportunities to foster a more positive outlook on life. Each week you will find a new optional activity that will help you become more positive and optimistic in your day to day tasks. Which in turn will make you more successful.
D ) Daily Priorities (Checklists) – Jot down your most important to-do’s for the day here and check them off to ensure you don’t forget anything.
E ) Goals ---> Tasks – This is the same exercise as shown in letter “E” in the monthly layout above, but gives you the space to make weekly goals. This activity forces you to break down big daunting goals into smaller and more digestible tasks to ensure that you know what to do on a daily basis to accomplish your goals. Again taking your big picture goals and dreams and helping you turn them into smaller actionable tasks.
We collaborated with Kirk Wilkinson, author of "The Happiness Factor" and "I Am Strong" to create 30 unique activities to boost positivity and increase productivity.
Researchers have found that people who have a consistent practice of expressing gratitude report having more intense and frequent positive emotions. Grateful people have more energy, are more productive, are healthier, handle change better, report feeling hopeful and more empathetic, are less materialistic and are more forgiving.
Expressing gratitude brings additional benefits of creating stronger relationships, the ability to deal with difficult situations and trauma better, reduces the need to compare yourself with others and allows you to see to good in others and the good around you. Gratitude can change your life!
“Gratitude is a potent cure-all for negative emotions,” Says Kirk Wilkinson a world-renowned expert in personal happiness and personal development and bestselling author of two books:The Happiness Factor: How to be Happy no Matter What! and I Am Strong: The Formula to Improve your Self-Worth.
Here are examples of 2 of the 30 unique activities that will be found on the weekly layouts:
- Take a picture of something you are grateful for and post that picture to social media explaining why you are grateful.
- Write a hand written note to someone who has made a positive difference in your life and deliver it to the person.
Get a jump start on your own personal happiness with Kirk Wilkinson and develop the practice of expressing gratitude by downloading The Happiness Factor iPhone App by texting ‘happy’ to 878787 or Click here. You can learn more about Kirk Wilkinson at learnhappiness.com.
The Notebook was designed to be very versatile and used by anyone in any situation. Whether you are a business executive, starting a new job, a mother, a father, a student, or any other role, The BASICS Notebook will help you navigate through the obstacles and challenges that we all face. Our hope is that The BASICS Notebook will make your life easier and more manageable giving you time to accomplish your dreams and improve your life. We can’t wait to see what you accomplish with the help of The BASICS notebook.
Our current projections put the delivery date of the notebooks in November of 2015. As always, there are potential complications that could arise to delay this delivery date, however with this being our second Kickstarter campaign, we already have all of the logistics and relationships in place in order to ensure a smooth and on time delivery. We will be sure to keep you updated if any changes take place.
The BASICS Team
Meet cousins, Jon Richards and Jacob Durham. We have a strong passion for developing great products and introducing them into the market with a hope to help other people simplify their lives and get back to the BASICS. We hope that you enjoy our products and would welcome any feedback or input you might have. If you want to learn more about us and our other products please visit www.basicswallet.com
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Risks and challenges
There are always challenges and unforeseen obstacles that arise when trying to bring a product to life. There are so many moving parts that must be managed. However with this being our second product launch we can confidently say that we are experienced in this process and have multiple systems and processes in place now to mitigate the risks that arise in this process. We will work hard to ensure that we deliver what we promise and to go the extra mile whenever it is possible. Thanks for believing in us!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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