There was a time when I had an unhealthy obsession with notebooks. Hardbound, softbound, spiraled, stitched… it didn’t matter! I would hoard several just because. I just loved how I felt whenever I wrote on them and the resulting creativity and momentary ‘blackouts’ (i.e. getting lost in my thoughts) that went with writing. But of course, I’d like to think that I’ve outgrown that obsession (yeah right! :) ). What I haven’t outgrown, though, is the need for a notebook planner. I’ve attempted to go paperless several times. I’ve tried using palm pilots, digital calendars and now, calendar apps but to no avail. I’d always go back to writing on a notebook planner. Needless to say, my love for notebooks run deep.
Ten years ago, I started using Moleskine notebooks. They may be pricey (overpriced, some say) but they’re the only luxury I afford myself. Okay, them and bags. Haha. Seriously, Moleskine is in a league of its own. And I think a Moleskine notebook is worth every penny.
So here I am at the beginning of a new year with a new Moleskine with fresh, crisp pages to write on. But as not all notebooks are created equal, even Moleskines need a hack or two. So here are some tips.
I keep my Moleskine along with other writing implements in one place for quick organization and easy access. This year, it is this this zippered file holder which I bought from Saizen for 88 bucks (about 2 dollars).
It looks small but it can definitely fit a lot!
Contents from left (clockwise): neon colored tape, stick-on notes, pencil case (with 2 pens) washi tape, small notepad, Moleskine planner and stickers to colorcode activities.
Since the planner I bought had no boxed monthly pages, I printed out my own and attached the pages onto the notebook using Washi tape.
I’ve color-coded my priorities with neon-colored marker tapes bought from The Japan Store for 66 bucks.
Moleskine comes with 3 sheets of cute little stickers. But I also bought small round stickers to color-code my activities.
Finally, one of my best buys yet, these stick-on notes from SM Hypermart! Bought them for 25 pesos a pack.
I can’t wait to start filling out my notebook. How about you? Do you have Moleskine hacks as well? Do share!
UPDATE: Click here to download the calendar template I made. You can edit all the dates and the highlighted events at the lower portion of the calendar. Enjoy!
Food for Thought:
Order is the shape upon which beauty depends.
-Pearl S. Buck