My name is Derek Knoble. I am a Project Manager for McKesson, a Forbes Top 100 company. I manage the implementation of software to our clients. On a daily basis I am on conference calls with clients, tracking the status of the many projects that I have going on at a single time, working my Six Sigma projects, and learning more about Project Management.
I started out in the support group for my company, where I learned that keeping notes of calls and projects that I worked on there was key to making sure that things went smoothly. I work out of an office building with access to lots of different types of notepads. One thing that I learned early on is that your standard, run of the mill notebooks do not work well with fountain pens, which I have a deep appreciation for.
I had to find something that would allow me to use my collection of pens while making it so that I could read what I had written previously, so my hunt began for the perfect notebook.
I had not previously used any Rhodia products, and I am not sure that there is even a distributor of them in the town that I live in. I did some research online and saw how well many other fountain pen users had rated them. Sure, they were more expensive than the spiral notebooks found at your typical office supply store. However, I am not one to shy away from a product just because of price.
I started by ordering 2 Black Side Staple-bound A4 notebooks. The lines were wide enough to allow me to write as large as I needed to, and the texture and color of the paper was perfect! I figured that they would last me a while due to the size of the pages. However, I found that I filled them up quite quickly because I was actually enjoying the writing experience more!
Eventually I decided that I needed something smaller for note-taking for the classes that I take on the side on my way to acquiring more Project Management certifications. I had been eyeballing the Ice series since it had come out and decided to pull the trigger on one. I decided this time to go with the Top Staple-bound No. 16 notepad. This has worked perfect for me! The graph paper is amazing and offers me the flexibility to be as creative on the pages where I have to draw out items, or follow the graph lines to create my own graphs.
It is crucial as a Project Manager to make sure that you are keeping track of feedback from your clients, ideas for what to work on next, planning a timeline, and just keeping notes on what is talked about on status calls with the clients. Not dreading the writing experience because the pen is giving too much “feedback” on scratchy paper is definitely a nice plus. I found that the 80g paper in these notebooks is perfect for this.
I will most definitely be a Rhodia notebook user for life as I feel the product quality is fantastic. The price for what you get is well worth the initial investment. Showing notes to others around the office makes me feel better as well as I take more pride in what I am writing, as well as what I am writing on, as silly as that sounds.