50 ways to fill a notebook – part 5


This is it. The final post in my series on 50 ways to fill a notebook. Thank you to all those who have joined me on this notebook filling journey over the last few weeks. First timer? You might want to start from the beginning: 50 ways to fill a notebook part one, part two, part three and part four.

Up to speed? Read on for your final notebook filling fix…

41. Present list

I know exactly what presents to buy…until a special occasion arrives. Next time your loved one mentions something they’ve got their eye on, jot it down.

42. Free writing

If you feel like you’ve got too much on your mind, grab an A4 lined pad for some free-writing. Play some music and every couple of minutes use  one of the words you hear as a prompt. This sort of exercise is great for creativity and   quieting a busy mind. And you never know. Read back a little while later and you might find some helpful ideas in there.

43. Travel diary

Got a trip to plan? Choose a leather-bound notebook and jot down your itinerary. Take it with you to capture your thoughts and impressions of new places.

44. Business ideas

Most of us have an idea or two for a game-changing invention or for running our own business. No surprises that I’d love my own little stationery shop. I’ve even gone as far as visualising it via my own stationery story. They may seem like pipe dreams but gather all of these ideas in one notebook and one day it just might be the right time for you to make them happen.

45. Happiness journal

We often schedule chores and other tasks, but the little things that make us happy? Not so much. Diarise time to read a magazine, visit a favourite place, take time out with a coffee – whatever makes you happy. And in those moments when you feel truly content, write down exactly what it is that you were doing s you can recreate this feeling again. Or relive it in the future.

46. Letters to your future self

I’d normally recommend a proper letter writing set for corresponding via snail mail, but these letters are just for you. If you’re in need of some perspective, write a letter to a future you. The you who came out of the other side of whatever’s going on in your life right now. Or the you after you took that risk or made that change. A lockable notebook will give you free rein to be as open with yourself as you can.

47. Medical/symptoms log

Hopefully you don’t need to visit the doctor too frequently. But for when you do, it’s good to have a pocket notebook with notes on previous visits or current symptoms. In these sorts of stressful situations it’s easy to forget how long you’ve been feeling poorly, or the advice you’re being given so writing it all down will help.

N.B. This works for pets as well as humans! It’s especially useful if you go to a practice where you don’t have a named vet and may need to fill in some gaps in medical history.

48. Colouring in

Not just for little ones, colouring in is a great way to fill a page or two. If you’ve got stamps or cookie cutters lying around, you can fill in the outlines, or even better, doodle some flower petals. If you want something that works on the go, grab a notebook made up of graph paper and fill in the squares. Yes, it’s that simple. Quality paper is best if you’re planning to use felt tips.

49. List of enemies

Inspired by this little beauty by Alice Scott. Ok, so maybe it’s not meant to be taken literally, but teenage me would have been so up for this!

50. Blog post planning

It seemed appropriate to finish up with this one! I use a timeless diary with lots of helpful notes pages at the back.

I hope this series of posts on 50 ways to fill a notebook have given notebook addicts everywhere all the ideas they could ever need to fill their notebooks. But if you do think there are any that I’ve missed, please let me know in the comments.

In the meantime, happy listing, journalling, mapping, jotting and generally getting ink down on paper.

P.S. If you’ve enjoyed these posts, you might want to check out my Stationery Addict Starter Kit.

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