I believe like if you're fond of notebooks, then you must have at least a couple of notebooks lying around your desk or bedside table sad and empty. I guess I'm not wrong, am I? Don't worry; I'm not here to judge you rather to give you some wonderful tips and techniques about what to do with an empty notebook. So, sit tight and be mindful about how to fill up your empty notebook this year.
Creative and Effective Uses for Empty Notebooks
Coming home and waiting for some great ideas to write down on the paper and eventually do nothing with that exquisite notebook. How many times does it happen to you? For me, it happened and happened many a time. Relax! This article has nothing to do with your past and its evaluation. Here are my 8 effective and creative ideas that can truly help you out.
1. Use it as a daily journal
First and foremost, we need to just get out of the way first. And it is obviously not to say that journaling isn't super important and helpful; it's already lemonade. Don't get perplexed here. It is all we're talking about daily journaling. This is the most profound way to get out of the way. Therefore, I highly recommend journaling every single day.
It is better to journal twice a day. Right after you wake up in the morning and just before you go to bed. But if you feel that you don't have that much time, you can at least consider a time for your daily journal.
There is another popular and effective method that is to write whenever you feel writing. Meaning, you're going somewhere and seeing something that overwhelmed you in a sense, so you just jot down that feeling or emotions. This is also one of my favorite ways of journaling because here, you find the raw emotions. If it happens quite a few hours later, from your sentence making to paraphrasing, everything will be changed. This is quite normal. Therefore, if you're fond of raw emotions like me, try to write down them time to time.
I won't spend too much time on it because I have a whole article on how to journal daily; check that out!
2. Learn a new language
This is one of the most common New Year's resolutions of students all around the world. Learning a new language a year can really be handy for one's career and self-improvement. So what about having all the vocabulary, grammar, and little quirks of language in one place? It will really be helpful for learning a new language, especially if you are a visual or a hands-on learner.
If you are someone who likes to stay organized, then it would be fun if you come up with a color-coding system. Imagine having different sections for grammar, conjunctions, vocabulary, and quirks.
Having said that, at the very least, you can consider having a hand-written table of contents page or, just make sure you have a clear title on every page that you take notes on. It will make your task easier and a lot faster.
3. Take book notes
We read different articles, books, and papers on a daily basis. Actually, the reading is the fun part. The serious part about reading is how much we learn and remember from it. And this task becomes a lot easier when we take notes. So simple.
When you take notes on your diary or journal, it sends a soft signal to your brain that this is important. You should absorb it for quite a while. You can testify this statement by applying it in your own life.
The more you take notes, the more likely you remember things.
So what I used to do is having a notebook inside my bag or pocket all the time. Moreover, a Google Docs with different headlines such as Academic, Blogs, etc.
So the point here, I take notes for two main reasons. To make my learning easier and faster. And summarize books and articles with a few sentences. So eventually, it turns out really handy and helpful for doing well in life and school as well.
4. Start dream journaling
I'm not a big fan of dream journaling, honestly. Although, it has a great impact on your memory muscle. If you can make it a habit, it will benefit you in the long run. As we don't have a dream every single night, we can consider our morning journal as a dream journal. Meaning, when you see something sleeping, that morning, your morning journal would be a dream journal. Normally, it doesn't happen more than a couple of times a week.
Otherwise, if you're fond of dream journaling, unlike me, you can do keep it besides your daily morning journaling.
One time, I had a dream where I was having dinner with my extended family, and I was giving them tips on how to start journaling. So, there could be a different discussion on dreams. How we see something in dreams and why it is as it is.
But it is always interesting how your brain pulls up some places, persons, and stories from the past and makes you think about them consciously for a long time. It is also undeniable that sometimes it is quite intimidating. So the point being, writing and reviewing dreams can be helpful for you in the long run if you can take the good out of it and leave the bad.
If I talk about the bullet journal, honestly, I don't do a bullet journal. I don't feel it anyhow. It seems complicated to me to plan and to express myself. However, it doesn't necessarily state that it has no impact on anyone's life. It works great for so many people. So, if you find it helpful for your planning or need to plan in a much-disciplined way, you better consider taking it seriously.
5. Write your habits and daily routines
Routine keeps you on the path. I love routines. Daily routine, weekly routine, morning routine, bedtime routine, there are so many routines in all of our lives. The impact of an ideal routine is something undeniable. They can change your lifestyle and the pattern of your thinking.
In a broader sense, it is routine that changes the direction of one's life.
In achieving every single great achievement, there is always a strict routine. It could be waking up at 4.30 am or no-carb for months straightway.
But one thing that many of you will agree with me that making a routine is nothing but to work it out. How many routines did we use to make in our childhood? Only a few of them worked out, actually. So, it is not just about making routines but writing them down on a daily and weekly basis.
Prior to going to bed is one of the best times for writing your to-do list and routine for the upcoming day. Making routines and act upon them is a habit. So, when you are designing a routine, it will really be helpful to build the habit.
Now before getting into any sort of action physically, you need a clear confirmation mentally. If you get the soft positive signal from your head, then it becomes times easier for your organs to act upon it.
So the point being, writing down your habits onto a notebook and designing a routine help you to accomplish your goals and makes them easier to achieve. I don't dare to say that everything you write down to the paper, you will achieve it. However, the possibility is more that if you don't write them, you won't achieve them. So, try to make it a habit to write down your desired habits and routines.
And it is better to hang your goals in a visible place. Let me explain the reason. When you desire to achieve something and write down the process onto a paper, it is almost done with planning. But when you hang it somewhere upfront and seeing it day and night, it will motivate you to achieve it successfully and will remain at the top of your priorities.
So, the written affirmation and continuous motivation might help you immensely to accomplish your goal. If you have a goals notebook, write down your daily, weekly, and monthly routine. And never bother to write your desired habits that you want to accomplish. Moreover, if possible, make a list of the top 3 priorities that you must want to accomplish each day.
6. Start manifestation journaling
This is somewhat similar to the last point. The manifestation journaling. It is one of the most popular terms in journaling. If you're new to journaling, manifestation journaling could be a great option to start with. Besides daily journaling, there are so many people who just concentrate on manifestation journaling. This is arguably the strongest way to accomplish goals in life. It is a way by which you attract the things you want in life.
Therefore, a dedicated notebook could serve you to place all your manifestations and affirmations in one place. This leads you to the path of achievement and success.
You can journal about the habit you want to build. Or, broadly, what most people do with manifestation journal is to write their life goals and lifestyles they want to live with. So, this is a little similar to the goals journal and habit tracker.
7. Get into travel journaling
Travel journaling is one of my favorites. There are so many places in the world that you can't explain them only by pictures. They are very much attached to emotions and specifically raw emotions.
There is a very true and absolute opinion on know someone. And that is to travel with him/her. Traveling reveals the true personality. So, in a sense, when you're picturing something or with someone, you always try to get the best view, best shot. However, the reality could be very different.
In the case of travel journaling other than travel shooting, there is no way of exaggerating things. You get to note the true words and raw emotions. Therefore, in spite of modern technology and gadget availability, it's becoming popular day by day.
Well, travel journaling consists of so many things. This is not just writing down your thoughts and experience, but it could be collecting tickets, printing out some photos, or little brochures, etc. So you can use a notebook as ongoing travel journal.
You can look into Pinterest for so many beautiful travel journaling ideas. It doesn't need to be too fancy or artsy. You can make it by your own choice and preference.
8. Track your progress
What else could be a better option to track your progress? Whenever you are starting a new project or building a new habit, tracking that closely is a must for a better outcome. This is a way of doing better over time. If you fail to track your progress, how could you define your improvement?
So, I highly recommend once a week at least to track your progress. Then if possible, twice or thrice a week. The point being, start tracking your progress of anything that you want to accomplish from today. No excuse!So I hope you liked these ideas. I would love to hear in the comments how you fill up empty notebooks.
If you're still stuck on getting into the journaling habit, let's start with an empty notebook that perhaps your cousin gifted you last year.
The above tricks and techniques are more than enough for getting you in this habit. Moreover, I firmly believe, above 8 ideas are enough to answer what to do with an empty notebook. This is only the time to get the ball rolling. Good luck!