I've tried the 3-ring binder, have my zones in it, but it's so large, opened up on the end of my eating bar, it drives me nuts. It looks like clutter to me. I tried a smaller notebook, which is thick, which is "okay", but it's so thick, about 2" thick, so then I get to thinking, "This is so thick! It's like clutter! Too many pages!"
But then, one fine beautiful day, I was at The Dollar Store.
I found a recipe card folder, in clear plastic, with pages for 4 x 6" recipes and I found how index cards fit into the pages just fine. I take pretty stickers, colored pens and re-write my routines from time to time. The folder seems pretty and decorative to me, it's not clutter at all, and if someone should come visit, I just close it and put it in my basket under the cabinet near the wall, out of sight.
So, in a way I'm using this folder as a control journal only with the P & P system or sort of like CEO. I always know where to find my zone lists in the binder in the bottom kitchen drawer. I have 3 choices for routines, to choose from, if I change my mind to try something new. So I guess I'm not doing so bad after all.
One thing I've learned to do, which I heard about, is to save green cards for anything having to do with money: The budget, earnings from your job, things you'd like to buy, etc...
I love using my green cards because I list things I need to do for my writing job. Green = $. I think it's a nice association.