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19 Things to Try with a Blank Notebook

19 Things to Try with a Blank Notebook

If you are anything like me, whenever you go to the office supply store you immediately head straight toward the stationary section. If you are anything like me, you love notebooks and you sometimes don’t know what to do with them all. Well, here are 19 different ways you can use your blank notebook.

Bucket List

You can use this to list all the places you want to go and things you want to do before you ‘kick the bucket’ or even just for the summer or the year.

Keep Track of Expenses

With this, you can list all of your expenses, which can later help you when budgeting or just keeping track of you buy over the course of a certain time period.


With a notebook, you can keep all of your recipes in one place that is easily portable. You can also keep notes on things such as what substitutes you can use or how much pepper you like to add.


Using a journal is definitely one of the more popular uses for a notebook, but below are some other ideas you can try in your journal instead of just using it as a diary.

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Bullet Journal

Bullet journaling seems to have gotten quite popular recently as it allows the user freedom to customize what they want in their planer by using a variety of spreads. You can find out more here.

Travel Journal

When you go on your travels, you can write about what you did, where you went in this journal to remember the little things years later.

Morning Pages

Morning pages are where you write three stream of consciousness pages, longhand, first thing in the morning. The point is to simply write whatever crosses your mind in order to clear it. You can learn more about Morning Pages here.


You can also keep a journal to write down your goals for the month or year or whatever period of time you want to have them completed. This allows you to later go through them and see how much you have accomplished.

I personally do something similar in the form of letters. Whenever I feel a bit stressed out or even when I just feel like it, I will write letters to my future self. I don’t really designate what I will open it, which allows me to explore what I would like to have accomplished in different stage in my life. For example, in my letters I ask things such as if I have a pet or what my career is or what kind of home I live in. However, I just started doing this recently so I don’t really know what it is like to actually open one of these after a few years and read it. But what I do know is that I kind of like having the knowledge that I can later see how my interests have changed and see what kind of things troubled me then that have already passed.

Gratitude Journal

You can use this to start thinking more positively by listing a number of things that you are grateful for each day.


With a notebook, you can keep track of the projects that you are currently working on as well as projects that you would like to work on in the future. You can keep note things such as mediums if you are interested in the visual arts, or you can keep track of patterns if you are into things such as knitting or crocheting.


This is yet another common use for another notebook and below are listed three things that you could use your sketchbook for.


Instead of writing down what you saw like in a travel journal, you can sketch the places you found especially interesting and possibly leave a little note about the place for later reference.


With this, you can work on drawing certain parts of your next masterpiece, whether that be drawing multiple hands, trees, or facial expressions.


Whenever you are feeling a bit bold, you can whip out your sketchbook and experiment with your art, whether that be trying out a new art medium or trying a different technique.


Here are some other ways that you can cram some more writing into your already busy writing life.

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Writing Notes

I have a notebook where I keep all my notes on writing. However I only use it for tips on things like plot and characterization, I use another notebook to keep track of all the things going on in my current story.

Story Ideas

For this you might want to use a smaller notebook that you can carry around as you will want it with you to record story ideas when they come to you.


You can use a notebook to keep track of your character sketches, world notes, plot points, or any other details you might forget while writing your story.

Six Word Stories

With this, you can keep your creative juices flowing by writing six word stories. It is told that these originally came from Hemingway, who bet that he could write a story in six words and wrote: ‘For sale, Baby shoes, Never worn.’ You can try writing down your six word stories in a notebook and maybe even look to them as inspiration when you are in a rut.

Reading Notes

In this kind of notebook , you can take note of the things that happen in the book that you are currently reading to use as later reference.

Reading Log/TBR

I’m not sure about you but I have a really long TBR (To Be Read) List, so why not write it down in a notebook? On the flip side, you can also keep track of the books that you finish.


Not surprisingly, I keep a notebook full of some of my favorite book quotes. This makes it easier to reference my favorite quotes instead of having to remember the book that it was featured in and then have to find it among the thousands of words. However, you can also include quotes that you find inspirational, they don’t all have to be from books.

I hope that you now have a few ideas as to how to fill your beautiful notebooks. Please leave a comment on what you use your notebooks for.





2 thoughts on “19 Things to Try with a Blank Notebook

  1. This is such a helpful post, as I have so many notebooks I don’t know what to do with them! I wish I had the skill and the patience to bullet journal cos they look so beautiful.


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