When I previously owned a personal Malden, I really liked being able to keep a notepad at the back to write on. It's quick and easy, and I really like not having the rings in the way. However, my Ascot doesn't have a notepad pocket and has a full length gusseted one instead.
Even when using my Malden, I found that sometimes a whole notepad could be too bulky if my binder was quite full. So, I sat down to figure out the easiest way to keep some paper at the back without it being on the rings.
Here's what I came up with:
As the pocket is gusseted it doesn't lie flat, so it's possible to attach a clip at the top to some paper. I've also used an old divider to create a better surface to write on. This little smiley paperclip (it's an OHTO smile slide clip) works great as it won't move around and is nice and flat. And I love his smile :)
I started to use this little trick whilst still in my Malden, as I own more lined paper and wanted to use it up rather than buying more notepads. It's working really well in my Ascot and I really prefer writing with the rings out of the way.