Over the holiday break I did a lot of tidying up around my home office/studio and one of the things I came across was the supply shop quantities of notebooks I have in my closet. Some I’ve taken out of the cellophane wrapper and tested for a review and then they languish in the cupboard. So I’m “saving” and some I might not have liked as much but they could still be useful.
Then I heard Myke talking about trying to use the notebooks he has and I started trying to come up with things I could do to put these notebooks to good use and simultaneously be more productive.
Here’s a list I compiled from various sources and my own crazy ideas for things to do with that pile of empty notebooks you might have laying around:
- Daily Journal
- Morning Pages/Free Writing/Brain Dump
- Lists (Bullet Journal)
- Mind Mapping
- Practice your handwriting
- Test all those pens and inks
- Commonplace book
- Dream Journal
- Travel Journal
- Book (to-read or read) Journal
- Disassemble, cut or remove the pages to use as a notepad or hole punch and put into a binder
- Collage, art journal or sketch book
I’m sure I didn’t think of all the myriad of possibilities but I hope these ideas might inspire you to crack the cover on one of those notebooks you have squirreled away. Do you keep a notebook dedicated to a different subject or have a recommendation?
I found a lot of other people writing about this topic with the start of the new year. Lots of people are trying to commit to writing more, journaling or getting organized and nothing will get you there faster than just writing stuff down.
- How And Why To Keep A “Commonplace Book” (from Thought Catalog via The Cramped)
- Uses for Notebooks (via This Life of Leisure)
- The Art of Journaling: New Journal for a New Year (via Rhodia Drive)
- The Art of Journaling: Doodling to Relieve Writer’s Block (via Rhodia Drive)
- The Diary Habit (via The Art of Manliness)
- Jumpstart Your Journaling: A 31-Day Challenge (via The Art of Manliness)
- A Year of Daily Logging (via Rohdesign)
- Journaling Resolutions (via Quo Vadis)