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A notebook, planner and journal that combines form and function, giving you the tools you need to be the smartest person in the room.
A notebook, planner and journal that combines form and function, giving you the tools you need to be the smartest person in the room.
A notebook, planner and journal that combines form and function, giving you the tools you need to be the smartest person in the room.
4,253 backers pledged $138,572 to help bring this project to life.

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THE SPARK NOTEBOOK IS DESIGNED FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE SERIOUS ABOUT SUCCESS

The Spark Notebook is a place for you to store your most important notes, goals, and big ideas so you’re always at the top of your game. It achieves what no other notebook has before: it combines the beautiful design of sleek, professional notebooks with the functionality of big life-planners and organization guides. All of the great organizational tools without any of the fuss or frills.

The Spark Notebook is designed to take your career — and your life — to the next level.

In my career, I have managed hundreds of people, been on the boards of several companies, and I have had access to some of the world's most successful people. And the one thing I've seen over and over is: the best of the best are always organized and always put together.

For my whole career — from my time as a software engineer at big companies like Microsoft and Amazon to my time as a Chief Technology Officer at successful startups like Moz and Decide — I have survived on good note-taking. I take my notes seriously, and in return, they help me be taken more seriously. Good notes make me more successful, more organized, and more amazing at my job.

Research has shown that people who take notes and set goals -- and who review those notes and goals regularly -- have better retention and more success than those that don't.

Which is why I wanted just to create a place where both note-taking and reviewing your notes was a streamlined, beautiful process you actually wanted to return to again and again.

The Spark Notebook is just the beginning of an amazing successful journey.

WHAT'S INSIDE THE SPARK NOTEBOOK  

In The Spark Notebook, you’ll find beautiful, simple, easy-to-use layouts that will help you stay on track every day, all day. 

And we’re making our best layouts free to anyone who shares this Kickstarter project on social media! Get free access to our beautiful Monthly Goals, Weekly Outlook, Project Planner, and 30-Day Challenge pages just by sending a note with a screenshot or link to your social share to sparknotebook@popforms.com!

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Take a look at the images below to get a feel of how beautiful (and functional) these pages are:

The notebook has the following layouts:

  • Yearly Goals & Mission
  • Yearly Theme
  • Monthly Overview (6 months)
  • Monthly Goals (one for each month)
  • 30 Day Challenge (one for each month)
  • Weekly Inspiration - a quote and question to make each week awesome
  • Weekly Goals - prioritize and strategize so all of your work matters
  • Weekly Overview - designed for time blocking to help you make the most of every single day
  • Project Planner - because all great things in life start with a good plan
  • Meeting Notes - make the most of all your face-to-face meetings with great notes
  • Lots of lined pages for all of your great insights
  • A blank layout for the perforated pages - since some ideas are meant to be shared

In addition to the useful design, you’ll also discover these other wonderful features:

  • Made in the USA. I’m proud to send something to you made in the country where I live. 
  • Over 200 pages. This means you’ll always have space for your next great idea. 
  • 20 perforated pages. Sometimes great ideas are meant to be shared.
  • Two-page markers. You’ll never have to worry about losing your place.
  • Date-free calendars. Start using the notebook any day of the year without wasting pages.
  • High quality, ink-proof, acid-free paper. No more ink bleeding through pages.
  • 5.75” x 8.25” size. A perfect size for at-your-desk or in a meeting.

Want to take a look inside, here is a preview:

 

WHY I’M BUILDING YOU THE PERFECT NOTEBOOK  

For my entire career as a technology executive, I've struggled to find a notebook that had the functionality I needed that I also wouldn't be embarrassed to carry into a board meeting.

It seemed like the only notebooks with goal-planners, journaling pages, and organization systems were bright pink and looked like a scrapbook (or something akin to the paper version of Windows 95). Not exactly what I was looking for to be taken seriously as a technology executive.

On the other hand, though, the sleek, modern notebooks I found lacked all functionality and served only as appointment books or calendars. They were simply a collection of the same lined pages over and over again, leaving me no system for differentiating meeting notes from 1:1 sessions, product research from yearly goals.

The search for the perfect, professional notebook left me wondering: Why is it so hard to find a notebook with tons of functionality and a beautiful, professional design? I wrote a blog post (https://popforms.com/notebooks-fall-short/) about my struggle to find the perfect notebook, and the response was overwhelming. I had hit a nerve.

And so I decided to stop searching and starting building it: the perfect notebook.

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Help share the project on social media, and we'll send you a bundle of the very best pages from the notebook for free! Just use one the links above to share, send us a screenshot of your share to sparknotebook@popforms.com, and we'll send you our top notebook layouts right away!

HOW WE’RE BUILDING YOU THE PERFECT NOTEBOOK

I believe you don’t have to sacrifice form for function. That’s why I worked with a very talented designer (who has designed several planners) and super smart product people to create a tremendously comprehensive organization and planning system within a beautifully-designed, professional-looking notebook.

Over the past 6-8 months, we have been road-testing prototypes. We have gone through almost 100 iterations on the page layouts, types of pages, and order of the pages to settle on a design we know will make you more successful.

I myself purchased nearly 50 different types of notebooks, and, after testing all of them, I settled on the elements that I thought made for a perfect notebook: a cover and material that looks great, feels great, and will hold up to be thrown in your bag all day long. (And it comes in classic black since that goes with everything.) 

We also tested many types of paper and found a gorgeous option that won’t bleed through — so the paper feels great and you can actually write on both sides of the page.  

And we looked at different binding and picked one that lays flat so it is comfortable to write on both sides of the page.

The printer we chose to produce the notebook has produced all kinds of great notebooks and planners, so they are able to help us create a high quality, yet still affordable, notebook.

In addition to a high quality look and feel, we’ve also made sure our content is top-notch too. We have road-tested each and every one of the layouts in The Spark Notebook. 

Top executives in big-name companies, startup CEOs, venture capitalists, authors, artists, designers, engineers, administrative assistants, and many more have taken our prototypes for a test drive. This diverse group of people gave us so much great feedback, and we’ve incorporated it all into The Spark Notebook to create the most user-friendly experience possible.

You can even download a sample of our layouts to test-drive them yourself for free, just by sharing this project on social media. (Read below for more details!)

SHARE US AND GET OUR BEST PAGES FOR FREE!

I love this notebook and truly believe the tools we’ve created within it will add value to anyone—and I want you to have access to all of that value, whether you donate to the project or not.

And so, we have created a downloadable PDF of our favorite and most useful layouts that you can get completely for free. 

All you have to do is share our project on social media, and then send us a note at sparknotebook@popforms.com with a screenshot or a link of where you shared it, we will send you a PDF with:
  • Monthly Goals
  • Weekly Outlook 
  • Project Planner 
  • 30-Day Challenge

This notebook is amazing, and I truly believe the tools inside it will help you be more successful. Which is why I want to share these pages for free.

I want you to have all the benefits I’ve worked so hard to create in this notebook, regardless of whether you are able to contribute to the project. You can get serious about your success and a get access to our best stuff right away, just by helping us share it.

To share this project in just 2 easy clicks, use one or both of the links below to get a pre-populated tweet or FB share you can post directly to your account!

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YOU WANT A SPARK NOTEBOOK. PLEDGE NOW TO GET YOURS!

With The Spark Notebook in your hand, you can always have the right answer right at your fingertips.

Being at the top of your game is all about having the right information at the right time. When you know the right answers, and you can walk into any meeting confident and prepared. People will take you seriously. People will listen.

No more having a great idea and scrambling to find a scrap of paper to write it down on. No more frantically flipping through pages while a conference room full of people looks on, awaiting your answer.

With the Spark Notebook, you can sit confidently at any table. You can lead any meeting. You can plan any big, huge, amazing goal.

I want you — and your ideas — to be heard. I want you to walk into your next meeting as the person everyone else wants to listen to, the person so organized and on top of things that everyone turns to you first. I want you to get more from your career and the time you spend at work.

If you want that too — if you want to walk into your next meeting knowing you’re the person with all the right answers, confident that you look the part, too — then please pledge now so we can build the perfect notebook and make being amazing at your job just a little bit more beautiful.

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk with any Kickstarter involving a physical item is manufacturing and shipping, which is why I have been working with printers for months to get the best possible prices and most timely shipping possible for these products.

I want you to have this notebook to start off 2015, so you can kick off the new year with confidence. The biggest risk, then, is that your notebook might be late. Problems may come up (they always do…) in the production process, but the folks I am working with have a history of producing quality products on time. After all, printing notebooks is their job.

I guarantee you will get your notebooks, and I will do everything in my power (up to and including hopping on a plane and heading to the printer myself) to get yours to you on time so you can start using them as soon as possible.

If problems do come up or you aren’t happy with your notebook, I promise to do everything I can to make it right. I want you to love your notebook, and if you don’t, I want to fix that.

I am committed to being transparent and open during this whole process. If problems come up, you’ll hear about them and you’ll hear how I am going to fix them. My number one goal is to get an amazing product in your hands as soon as possible.

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    The full digital PDF version of the Spark Notebook, that you can print off at home and use to take your career to the next level. You’ll get access to every single one of our beautifully designed calendars, planners, and productivity tools, plus tons of pages for notes and inspiration. (The PDF will be given to all backers including those in the higher reward tiers.)

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    ONE notebook. You’ll get your very own Spark Notebook, and your world will become a more beautiful, organized place. We can’t wait to see what you’ll accomplish!

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    ONE Limited edition notebook. This notebook will have the same interior pages but will have a slate gray cover and one bookmark will be mystic blue and the other yellow gold (see update #8 for pictures). There is a limited number and are available for this Kickstarter only.

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    TWO notebooks. Your Spark Notebook will fill up in 6 months, so this package has you covered for a full year. Imagine the things you will have accomplished by this time next year, and how good you will have looked doing them!

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    TWO notebooks. Your Spark Notebook will fill up in 6 months, so this package has you covered for a full year. Imagine the things you will have accomplished by this time next year, and how good you will have looked doing them!

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    TWO Limited Edition notebooks. These notebooks will have the same interior pages but will have a slate gray cover and one bookmark will be mystic blue and the other yellow gold (see update #8 for pictures). These are available for this Kickstarter only.

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    FOUR notebooks. You want to be on top of your game, but you want to help those around you too (you are just one of those people!). This package is made more sharing so your friends and coworkers can be more successful too.

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    FOUR limited edition notebooks. You want to be on top of your game, but you want to help those around you too (you are just one of those people!). This package is made more sharing so your friends and coworkers can be more successful too.

    These notebooks will have the same interior pages but will have a slate gray cover and one bookmark will be mystic blue and the other yellow gold (see update #8 for pictures). These are available for this Kickstarter only.

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    TEN notebooks. Give a notebook to every member of your team, or gift some to your friends. Help make the world a more organized and beautiful place.

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    TEN limited edition notebooks. Give a notebook to every member of your team, or gift some to your friends. Help make the world a more organized and beautiful place.

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    You get TEN notebooks and each one will be personalized and engraved with your name or your logo.

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    Coaching session. Get serious about success! Our 1:1 coaching session will cover what's going to make the biggest difference for you: productivity, public speaking, getting promoted, getting a new job, or starting a new company. We'll spend an intense hour together via Skype and you'll walk away with a clearer vision and a set of three Spark Notebooks to help you execute on it.

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