Notebook Organization

Because of the new year (and my new Starbucks planner), I’ve decided to try to organize the notebooks I’m currently using and try to streamline how I’m using each one. I have also realized that I will never be a one-notebook woman, I love compartmentalizing stuff too much to stick to just one notebook.

Anyway, I know I’ve had a post about the notebooks I was currently using last time, but I think it’d be better to just compile everything now into one post, even if it seems repetitive.

All the notebooks I'm currently using

All the notebooks I’m currently using

2nd row, L to R: blue 2012 planner/notebook, Blackberry Scribe notebook, crafty/organization notebook, quotes notebook, eon pad (glued at the top so it’s pages are detachable. The paper’s pretty nice. I use it for notes to other people, sometimes), yellow Starbucks planner, Alunsina journal

1st row, L to R: scratch pad (the innards of a notebook I dismantled because I used the cover for a craft project) and my Victoria’s Journals (VJ) fauxdori.

my current journal from Alunsina Handbound Books

my current journal from Alunsina Handbound Books

I love this journal. I find it a bit small (it’s 5″x7.5″) because I’m used to A5-sized notebooks, but I love everything else about it a lot, so I’m learning to get used to the smaller size.

first page of my journal

first page of my journal

I normally put a quote on the first page, I copied this quote (layout and all) from here. I also have my name and contact number (blurred out in the pic), and when I end the journal I put the start and end dates on this page too.

month view in my journal

month view in my journal

I’ve added a month view into my journals that I put events in because I like seeing an overview of fun times. I use the washi tape for labeling and for prettiness.

a journal entry

a journal entry

My journal mostly has writing, but sometimes I put pictures and ephemera in.

journal index at back

journal index at back

I’ve got a journal index at back with the journal title plus some other ‘tags’ that I use for my entries (sorry for the blurry pic). I add to the index once I finish an entry.

my Starbucks planner for 2014

my Starbucks planner for 2014

I love the Starbucks planner for 2014, but I keep this A5-sized planner at home because it’s a bit bulky to carry everywhere.

planner month view

planner month view

I use my planner for forward planning mostly.

a week over 2 pages

a week over 2 pages

I also do some random mini journaling in it (they start with //, a hold over from my coding days).

My Muji notebooks

My Muji notebooks

The blank B5 notebook is crafty stuff on one side and the other side is mostly organization stuff at home. The lined A5 notebook is for quotes.

inside Quotes notebook

inside Quotes notebook

Just random quotes mostly. If a quote strikes me, I copy it in here.

my VJ fauxdori

my VJ fauxdori, the notebooks inside are pocket-sized (3.5″x5.5″)

The mini ballpen is for emergencies, the other clasp houses my USB normally (currently with one of my friends). You can also see the beads I’ve added to the elastic, plus the charms I have at the ends of my bookmarks.

VJ fauxdori planner page

VJ fauxdori planner page

Since I bring this almost everywhere, I put expenses and random notes in here. I keep this and my Starbucks planner in sync when it comes to appointments, but that’s about it.

random notes

random notes

The second notebook is mostly for random notes. I put to do lists and write whatever stuff comes to mind in this notebook when I’m out.

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The last notebook is my dreams notebook. Lying asleep dreams, that is. I try to journal the dreams that I remember when I wake up. I don’t usually remember them, but sometimes a dream sticks in my head and won’t stop bugging me until I write it down. (I also do an index in the back, like in my journal)

scratch pad contents

scratch pad contents

This is mostly to do lists. I plan on merging this with my random notes one in the VJ fauxdori once I finish with this.

notebooks for stories

notebooks for stories

The notebook on the left is an old planner with a whole section for notes. I’m mostly using it for story fragments. The one on the right is a Scribe notebook and I use it for character notes and storyline ideas.

9 notebooks in total (if you count the fauxdori as just one). For some people that might be a bit much, but this system works for me.

Oh, and just one last thing:

topic index for journals

topic index for journals

I’m currently working on making a topic index for all my journals. Hopefully, this will make reminiscing down the road more fun. I’m on the 4th journal at the moment (out of 7 filled journals).

Do you guys have multiple notebooks ongoing too? (or am I the only notebook-obsessed person?)

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