8 Ways to Use Your Collection of Unused Notebooks for 2021
Jan 18, 2021   •   Ina Louise Manto
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Jan 18, 2021   •   Ina Louise Manto
If you’re someone who enjoys buying notebooks, chances are you’ve barely written on any of them. Just like buying and reading books, collecting notebooks and actually using them are two different things. But why would you let these pages go to waste? It’s easy to get intimidated by the fear of ruining your beautiful notebooks and the pressure of making pretty~ pages. However, getting past these fears are easy, with these fun ways:
You might find good old diary writing cheesy, but it’s actually more helpful than you think. We’re living in extraordinary times, where there’s too much happening to even keep up, and writing is one of the best ways to cope with everything happening in the world and in our lives. As a part of your routine this year, why don’t you dedicate at least 10 minutes of your day to write down about it? Write about what you’re feeling, something that made you smile, or an unforgettable moment from your day. You don’t have to make your journal pretty; just grab your pen and start writing!
Every day, we go through so many pieces of information and ideas that we forget to take note of the ones that moved us. Instead of taking screenshots or saving photos that you won’t probably return to after, try making a commonplace book instead. It’s a notebook where you can gather all quotes, anecdotes, observations, song lyrics, a line from a show you’re watching, or even someone your friend said in one place. Basically, it’s a notebook where you note down the things that moved you, so you can return to these pages when you’re lacking inspiration.
Our 2020 planners were all left to collect dust with all the unexpected events that took place last year. If you don’t want to get a planner for 2020 but still wish to get your life together, bullet journals can be your next best friend. It’s less intimidating than planners because you can start and stop whenever, and you have control of what you want to track down. Bullet journals are essentially a list of tasks that needs to get done organized in yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily spreads. It’s very customizable!
We understand how difficult it is to feel contented and happy, but it’s nice to be reminded of things, even the smallest ones, that will make you want to see tomorrow. Gratitude journals are a great way to help you feel grounded when worries start to eat you. There is plenty of writing prompts you can follow, like writing about someone that changed you for the better or things you’re doing well currently. These pages you’ll write will be great to look back to the next time you’re feeling down.
We’re all about being responsible adults in this house and we’re starting our year strong by tracking our expenses. It’s easy to get lost in shopping sprees; once you track them down, you’ll be shocked with how much you could’ve saved! If you want to focus on increasing your savings this year or simply try to be ~responsible~ with your money, these different expense trackers might be helpful for you.
In the past year, how many books have you read or movies and shows watched? If you want to keep track of the media you consumed and realize how much time you’ve wasted (kidding), a tracker would be good for you. You can also rate them – it’s a collection of your reviews. Here’s to fulfilling your film or book critique dreams!
While we can only dream of traveling right now, you can reminisce about your old travel memories instead. Gather old photos, tickets, and trinkets you’ve collected from your travel and make a scrapbook of some sort! Another fun thing to do is planning your dream travels, where you can make detailed itineraries and write about the places you want to visit.
If you’re the artsy type, you’ll know that practice makes perfect and consistency is key to getting better at your craft. Whether you’re a pro or someone starting out, a fresh blank notebook can be the home of your next great illustrations!
What do you plan to do with your notebook collection?
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