Many thanks to Nicholas, of Notice Life, for sending over some stationary geared towards increasing productivity. Above we have the A3 (420mm x 297mm) Project Plan Pad. This thing is huge, which is perfect to keep on your desk as you track your projects and subsequent tasks. Let's take a closer look.
For each project being planned, one can track the start and finish time of the project, as well as the duration, start, finish, 'others', and cost associated with each task. There is also a notes section along the right margin for other relevant details.
The notes section gets progressively smaller due to the design stretching over from the cost column, so this is something to take into consideration, but I will say that the design adds some interest to the overall look.
One of my roles at work consists of process improvement, so I will be using this Project Plan Pad to create outlines for the process flows that will be moved to Microsoft Visio. I also tore some sheets from the pad to identify the required tasks and costs associated with upcoming home repair projects.
Planning projects is good and well, but how about the paper quality?
In each Project Plan Pad, you get 65 sheets of 80 gsm paper stock. I grabbed a few items from my pen cup to test, and the paper handled each very well. No feathering or bleeding to speak of, even with liquid inks.
There was very slight show through from the liquid ink pens, and the Sharpie did show through quite a bit (as is the case with just about any paper), but even the Sharpie Industrial Marker didn't bleed through to the next sheet.
This paper is a very solid performer, and I quite pleased with the results. I don't own any broad point fountain pens, but I'd be curious to see how those perform, too.
The second item I received are these A7 TO-DO Sticky Notes. I think these could be used in just about any business or professional environment, or even when dividing up household chores.
I work in a sales environment, so I will be using these to track our sales order process to help refine our sales process flow, so these will be very handy for my application, and I'm sure you can think of ways to use this with your own 'TO-DO' items.
These Sticky Notes are 120 gsm, so they can easily handle even your most assertive writing tools.
You can order Notice Life products at NoteMaker.com.au, and Nicholas is also offering 10% if you order with him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org using the coupon code "Economy Pens offer". Though the Notice Life products are currently being shipped from their home in Australia, the company is working to have the products be distributed in the U.S. as well.
What's more, you can also enter a small competition to win one of three A1 2013 Wall Planner Calendars by writing 100 words, or more, about what is important to you when you purchase stationary. You can e-mail your entries directly to Nicholas at the email@example.com e-mail address.
Both the 10% discount offer and the competition will go through September, and Nicholas will notify me of who the winners are in the beginning of October. If you have any questions about the products or the competition, please let me know!