After seeing it recommended on Lifehacker and 43 Folders, I decided to try out the Circa notebook system. The difference between Circa notebooks and ordinary notebooks is that Circa notebook pages are bound together by eleven individual plastic rings.
Circa notebooks combine the best of a 3-ring binder with the best of a spiral-bound notebook. Like a 3-ring binder, you can easily add any printed page to the notebook. In fact, because the rings are so close to each other, you can attach smaller pieces of paper, like 3×5 cards or even business cards. You can also easily rearrange or remove pages as needed.
But unlike a 3-ring binder, the Circa is compact and easy to carry. It sits on your desk just like a spiral-bound notebook, taking up half the desk real estate of an ordinary binder.
The biggest disadvantage of the Circa system is that in order to add your own pages to the notebook, you have to buy Levenger’s expensive hole punch. I looked at several other sites and at similar systems like Rollabind, and this is the most economical option.
Fortunately, it’s also a high-quality product, which is why you’ll find so many enthusiastic supporters of the Circa system on the various productivity web sites.
As much as I love computers, I find that nothing works as well as paper for planning my day. I just get more done when I use a paper to-do list than when I use anything digital; paper is just more flexible.
And with the Circa notebook, I can keep everything I’m working on organized together in a neat, organized, and portable package.