I’m about to completely finish my first-ever moleskine journal. This is by far not my first-ever moleskine. I’ve owned several. But between losing motivation or just plain losing them, or never finding a “method” with them that worked for me, I’ve yet to ever completely fill one up.
But I’m just a few pages shy of finishing up my first. Every page. Almost every blank space. I started it with no real rhyme or reason as to how I would use it. I didn’t know if I’d journal in it. If it would only be for my list of three. If it would be my own personal scrapbook to clip, save and tape things into.
Turns out it’s been all of those things.
Instead of trying to decide WHAT it would be, I shifted my focus to letting it just be a notebook that was more about time than about what filled the pages. It didn’t need to be just one thing or another. It could be everything. And anything.
Though it sounds silly to have that realization about a notebook, the whole thing was pretty freeing to me.
Because I’m a person who really wants to be a journaller. I want to be a scrap saver, a note collector, a list maker, a calendar keeper, an idea brainstormer. But when I tried to force myself to be just one of those things it didn’t work.
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Instead, I’m a little bit of all of those things.
And instead, my moleskine now chronicles many months of my life–the to-dos, the recipes, the scraps, the notes, the lists, the brainstorms. All of it.
But just a month or so ago, I discovered that there was a way I could organize it just a bit. It’s helpful for me to be able to jump back in my notebook and find something I’m looking for. Where I wrote down a phone number. A recipe. Where’s that cute note Emma sent Mary on her birthday? Where’s my grocery list.
And there are other things, too. With my work at *Babycenter, I use my moleskine each week to write down what posts I plan to write, things I’m thinking of for the future, people I’ve been in conversation with. But I rely heavily on those notes because it’s a ton to remember.
So I had my little inspirational moment a few months ago when I realized I could use my rolls of washi tape to help me find some of the most important, most used pages in my notebook. And hello, a system was born.
Not every page in my notebook gets the washi tape treatment–but the most often referenced ones do. Each Sunday when I’m finished my planning page for Babycenter, I get out my blue plaid washi tape and run a piece along and folded over the outside edge of the page. I do the same for my to-do lists, recipes, and grocery lists. Each with their own colored washi tape. Everything else in between doesn’t require tape. That would get both colorful and crazy.
Now, when my journal is closed, I can easily see where each “big ticket” item in my moleskine is. I can get to it easily, and I admit, I kinda like the well-loved look it gives my journal.
I just updated my stash with some new tape from Lotta Jansdotter. The woman knows how to put together a bundle of tape that speaks to me. For my next moleskine, I may just change it up all together and break out new brighter tapes. Who knows. I’m crazy like that. (Though I do love me some yellows, browns and blues.)
It feels good to have it down. To finally have a system in place that works for me.
But I’d love to hear what you guys do. Do you keep a journal? What kind of journaller are you? Are you a list maker? Do you keep your lists all together in one place? I’d love to hear from you, friends.