About this project
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 email@example.com!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
- 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!
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes! Anyone who backs the project from $1 on up will get the full digital PDF after the Kickstarter closes.
If you want to test out some of the layouts now, you can share the project on social media and send us an email at email@example.com with a link (or screenshot) for your share. Once we get that, we will send you a sample of some of the best pages!
We will send the PDF to all the backers after the project closes. So stay tuned and watch for backer updates! :)
At the end of the Kickstarter campaign (Dec 20), you will get an email asking for your shipping information. MAKE SURE TO RESPOND PROMPTLY - if I don't get your address within a few days of the close of the campaign, I may have to put in the production order without you, and you'll wind up with a refund instead of a notebook.
The notebook is designed to be used for 6 months. In all of our tests, we found that people tended to fill up notebooks in that amount of time. We thought about doing 12 months of weekly layouts, but then it would just be a planner and have no room for notes.
Of course, all of the layouts are undated, so if you miss a week (or a month!) while you are on vacation, you can still keep using it! One of our goals is to make every single page useful, no matter when or how you use the notebook.
The paper is cougar paper (http://www.domtar.com/en/paper-products/cougar.asp) which is environmentally friendly.
It is smooth text white and here are the tech specs for the fountain pen fans:
70#, 104 GSM, 95 Opacity
Send us a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can figure out how to get you all of the notebooks you need. :)
We have decided to offer this again next fall. We may do it as a Kickstarter again too, but we will also be taking pre-orders on our website.
And this time they will be done to ship in time for Christmas.
OH and this also means next years will be new and improved because we are going to get a ton of feedback from all of our backers. The 2015 version is going to be even more awesome!
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