If you’re like me, you probably have many notebooks more than you like to admit.
This year, I made a promise to myself I wouldn’t buy another notebook unless I’ve used up the old ones.
So, I gathered all the notebooks I have and decided to put them into good use.
Notebooks are a great way to be more organized and productive. Before I tell you more about that, first let me tell you the factors I consider when buying one.
1. Determine if you can write on it
I avoid buying the cute and artsy ones especially if they have a nice paper quality. The truth is, I can’t write in them because they’re too pretty. But if you’re one of the artsy ones who write in cute notebooks, with beautiful handwriting, and even uses washi tapes, then I’m so jealous of you.
2. They’re not expensive
As a mom, I need to be careful about my expenses. 🙂 But not only that. The more expensive ones have nicer papers. That won’t do. See point 1. But I also make sure they’re good enough so that my pen won’t blot.
3. Not too thick
I like my notebooks to have around 50 pages or leaves. I do the 90-day planning and 50 pages give me enough space to work on for that time frame. A thicker one might last more than 90 days but I like to keep different notebooks for different quarters.
For now, I keep 3 notebooks and 1 planner. Here’s how I use them and how you can, too.
This is the notebook I keep for my goals and to-dos for my blog. This is where I keep track of the important tasks that I don’t want to fall through the cracks.
I also write down the milestones I want to achieve so that I can tick them off later. This gives me some sort of motivation.
I also use this notebook to write down my To-Do-Later goals. Read this post on why you need a to-do-later list.
This notebook is for kids, yes, I know. I bought this one because the lines inside are pink. 😄
This is my notebook for brainstorming my novel.
My story lives in my head. But there was a time that I was stuck on my story. I didn’t know how to connect the dots.
They say writing by hand activates your right brain which is responsible for creativity. So, I decided to give it a try.
I wrote down all my ideas no matter how ridiculous they sound.
Turns out, it worked!
Aside from brainstorming, I use my novel notebook for plotting.
I also use the plotting method as discussed in the book Save the Cat! Writes a Novel.
My plot points are listed in bullet points and below each point is a chapter or scene summary. This way, I don’t forget what goes where. This may change as I write the story but at least I have the main points written in my notebook.
And, this is why I told you earlier that I don’t like using pretty notebooks because brainstorming a story is messy. 🙂
I had several notebooks that had pages with no writing in them. I peeled off these pages that are still clean. For the pages that have a little something written on them, I used correction tape to cover the scribbles.
I compiled them and made it my scribble pad.
Usually, I list down here ideas on the go. Usually, I write here blog post ideas that come to mind.
Or personal reminders or for taking down phone numbers, just in case. It’s the one I grab whenever I need to write something down.
I bought mine from the National Bookstore.
I’ve seriously thought about buying something more elaborate. But I realized the way I use a planner is pretty basic.
A space to write down my to-do lists and a space to write down some of my thoughts. I’ve thought about buying the Panda Planner, or Brendon Burchard’s The High-Performance Planner. Both look great and maybe in the future, I’ll give them a try.
For now, I’m using 365 from the National Book Store and I’m quite happy with it.
I know this isn’t an actual notebook, but I thought it’s worth mentioning here.
Evernote is the only online notebook that I use. This is where I keep an editorial calendar and brainstorm blog post ideas. I like to use Evernote because I can sync with my phone. Just in case I think about an idea and I need to write down immediately. (Because I don’t always have my scribble pad with me.)
Evernote is an extension of my Blogging Notebook and my Scribble Pad. Although Evernote is more organized and neater looking than my Scribble Pad. 😄
So, there you have it!
I don’t consider myself as highly organized. But this way of separating notebooks based on projects keeps sane. It also gives me that feeling that I’m the most organized writer out there. 🙂
Over to You
How do you use your notebooks? Is there a special one you like to buy regularly?
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