Sacha uses her notebooks almost exactly like I use mine. One thing she mentioned was finding a way to keep her pen/pencil with the notebook. Here's my favorite solution. Duct and gaffer tape look best.

When I have cheap/slim pens with clips, thin notebooks with flexible covers (now: moleskine cahier), and don't mind looking a little scruffy, I use the pen's clip like a paper clip between the page I'm on and whichever cover is nearest. It makes for the fastest notebook opening time ever.