I often get asked what my favourite tools are for note taking and as a stationery addict, I can tell you that’s a hard one for me to answer. Luckily, I recently decided to get rid of and donate some unnecessary items I had lying around and managed to narrow it down to my favourites and what I use on the regular. So today, I’m sharing with you, my favourite tools for note taking!
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I’m pretty picky with my notebooks. It’s a bit ridiculous but in my defense, I use my notebooks to death. I will use every last piece of paper I can and I’m not very gentle with them either, so I need them to be sturdy.
My all time favourite notebook is the Staples Arc Customizable Notebook. You’ve probably seen it all over my Instagram account because it’s the notebook I use the most. It’s different to other notebooks because it uses a disc system, rather than a binding or coil. This means you can add, remove and move your pages around, insert handouts, use dividers and have different types of paper all in the one book. It’s not available everywhere unfortunately but it is available from staples and amazon!
My second favourite notebook is the Leuchtturm Whitelines Link Black Pocket Ruled. Basically, the idea is that white paper with dark lines causes a strain on your eyes when reading and notetaking, so instead of this, Whitelines Notebooks feature grey paper with white lines. I genuinely love the paper in this notebook but that’s not the only cool feature. Whitelines also has an app called Whitelines Link where you can take a photo of your notes and just like that you have a clean, scanned copy of your notes on your phone. You can also link it to your email, dropbox, and Evernote account to make sharing your notes even easier!
Not technically a notebook but I do love to use a good old, simple piece of printer paper when notetaking sometimes. If I need to draw diagrams, want to trace something from my textbook or simply just don’t feel like using lined paper, I’ll grab a bunch of plain, cheap printer paper and write my notes! Simple and effective.
I’m a sucker for pens. I’m especially sucked in by gel pens, so I’m not gonna lie, most of my favourite pens are gel pens. They’re just so dark and inky and I love it.
My Number one go-to pen for note taking is the Pilot G2 Gel Pens. These suckers not only last forever but they’re ridiculously smooth and inky. Plus, if you’re like me and have a small habit of smearing your ink across the page, the ink in the G2’s dries super fast, which also makes them great for those of you who are left handed. They come in a variety of colours and sizes and they’re honestly, the greatest pen ever.
I have a love/hate relationship with Muji Gel Pens. I love the way my handwriting looks when using these pens but I hate that no matter how long I wait, if I highlight over them, they’re just going to smear and smudge and make an absolute mess of my notes. I mostly use the Muji Gel Pens in my planner and rarely in my notes but I couldn’t leave them out because I get asked about them quite often.
Papermate Inkjoy Gel Pens are amazing. Call me crazy but every time I pick up one of these pens, I can hear ethereal music playing in my head. There are so many colours, they’re super dark and inky but they also dry fast. They also highlight well, so no issue like with the Muji Pens. My only dislike about these pens is that they don’t last as long as the G2 and they’re not as smooth to write with. That being said, I do find myself grabbing these over the G2 pens for things like writing small notes, headers, and to-do lists.
My holy grail ballpoint pen is the Kikki K Slim Ballpoint Pen. They’re nice and easy to hold, smooth to write with and they’re freaking gorgeous, like all the other Kikki K stationery. I’d recommend these over the Kikki K Gel pens simply because they’re a lot nicer to write with. If you’re a ballpoint pen fan and haven’t tried these, you are missing out.
I’m a highlighter lover. I use them everywhere. In fact, I even have a post comparing three of the most popular highlighter in the Study Community.
My go-to highlighters are the Uni Propus Soft Window Highlighters. The Uni Propus Highlighters are the nicest Pastel highlighters around. They feature a little window in the nib, so you can see what you’re highlighting and they also have a thinner pen nib on one end, for underlining. I’d 100% recommend these over the Mildliners for note taking, simply because they’re nicer quality, last longer and I grab for them more. They also come in a brights pack, as well!
New to my collection, Texta Highlighters have quickly become a new favourite. Super affordable and bright, if you’re on the lookout for some new simple highlighters, I would definitely check these out. These are actually the highlighters I keep in my pencil case, mostly because they’re super reliable and cheap. Unfortunately, they are currently only available in Australia! Sorry, all of my international friends!
There you go, those are my note taking essentials! What are your note taking favourites? Do you love any of the things I mentioned? Let me know in the comments below!
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