How I like to use notebooks
It feels like I can never have enough notebooks. One could avoid having too many notebooks by using the bullet journal system, but I found myself to be the happiest having several notebooks.
Right now I am using four notebooks, though I will soon have to stack up on 2-3 more. And if I really wanted to, I could buy even more! But let’s dive into what I use my notebooks for.
The magenta notebook on the left is my sketchbook. It is the Leuchtturm1917 sketchbook with 180g/m² paper – thick enough to handle at least a little bit of copic markers and watercolor. I got this one in September 2016 and have been very diligently filling it – at least until January 2017, where I abruptly stopped sketching and drawing into it. Good reminder to myself to get back to it!
I mentioned the system of bullet journaling earlier in this post. While I do not use my blue Leuchtturm1917 notebook (dot grid) for legitimate bullet journaling I do like to fill it up with all kinds of pages you would normally find in a bullet journal. Examples are habit trackers, statistics, a page to track my fitness journey, and study logs. Simply said, I use this journal to keep track of different areas in my life in a creative way.
3. Calendar / To-Do lists
“The Masterplan”. When I saw this notebook in our local HEMA store I had to take it with me. I was actually looking for a proper agenda, when I realized that half of the year is already over and it would be kind of a waste to get one. The sole purpose of this notebook is to write down my to-do lists for the day. It’s small, neat, and uncomplicated. While you can definitely use apps for this I prefer the paper version – at least for now. Usually I write down my to-dos the evening before and take a look at them in the morning while I drink a cup of tea.
4. Brain dump
Phew, I do not even know how to describe this orange little notebook. I have this one since high school, so for at least 7 years. Therefore it is full with notes, little sketches and ideas. In a way it also serves as a tiny diary. While I do not write whole entries into it, I like to pin down some personal thoughts that I would not write into my other notebooks.
How about you?
Do you like to write down your thoughts and plans on paper or do you prefer to organize yourself digitally? Maybe you are not an organizer at all! I constantly look for ways to fill up my notebooks or fill my phone with apps, so feel free to inspire me!