I have always found it interesting to see how people use their notebooks and I have shared my own uses on the blog before (see here and here. Today I have another mega post sharing my current notebooks and how I am using them.
Regular size Travelers Notebook
I have three Travelers Notebooks which I admit does seem like a lot. One of these I use everyday and does move around with me, the other two stay on my desk and hold refills that are used less often and for specific purposes.
Travelers Company 019 Free Weekly refill - this is a refill I have used in the past but at the beginning of this year I chose to use the Hobonichi Techo as a replacement. The Techo didn’t work in the way I’d hoped, so I have returned to the free weekly refill. In this refill I make a few small notes on my day and decorate the pages a little. Its great to look back through these refills once they are completed because it really helps you appreciate everything you have done over a period of time.
Travelers Company 017 Free Monthly refill - I use this insert to plan out my month and keep track of any appointments. This is a very functional insert with a lot less decoration.
Soukime A5 Slim notebook - I am using the olive/khaki slim Travelers Notebook style refill with plain paper. This refill is dedicated to anything related to the blog and includes post ideas, lists, video ideas and secret plans.
Travelers Company 003 Plain Refill - this refill sits in its own Travelers Notebook because as I work my way through it, it becomes quite bulky. It has become a sort of scrapbook where I keep photographs and ephemera related to my little one. I don’t use this refill everyday just when there is something noteworthy that I want to record.
Over the past year I have filled three of these refills and they have become one of my prized possessions. I store the completed refills in the Travelers Company 10th Anniversary edition tins.
Passport Travelers Notebook
To add to my regular size Travelers Notebooks I also have the camel passport size Travelers Notebook which I love. In here I have one notebook for my general notes. At the moment this is the Travelers Company 005 lightweight paper refill.
I also have a 007 free weekly refill which I use to doodle and jot down notes from my day.
Baron Fig Metamorphosis Flagship Confidant
This is my long hand, morning pages style journal. I write in this once a day, sometimes twice. This notebook is a way for me to empty my mind and organise my thoughts. I usually have my current pocket notebook with me when I am writing in the morning so that I can jot down any relevant notes that come out during this brain dump session.
Leuchtturm1917 A5 Notebook
This is my bullet journal notebook. The Leuchtturm1917 is a popular bullet journal notebook because of its numbered pages, two bookmarks, and ready made index. At the moment I use a double page to plan out my full week. At the start of the week I create each new spread and plan out my tasks. Each day I review, add and move around my to dos. I don’t really decorate this at all and like to keep this functional and simple.
Hobonichi Techo Cousin
This is my work notebook. Originally I did buy this thinking I would try my hand at art journaling and emulate the lovely pages I see on Instagram and YouTube, but it didn’t really work out. I found it very hard to keep decorate each daily page.
I didn’t want to waste such a lovely notebook so I decided to use this for my work notes. The dated pages work well for this and help me to keep track of when tasks need to be done or when I started a task or project. I use the bullet point section at the top of the notebook to add important tasks for that date. I use the weekend days for overspill notes if I need to.
For a while I did try out Mike Rhode’s daily plan bar on the daily pages but I found it didn’t leave me a lot of room for any notes. I plan on using the weekly spread pages at the front of the Techo for a variation of the same thing.
In the front cover of my Techo I have a blank Field Notes tucked away just in case I need a bit of additional room, not that I’m paranoid or anything.
I always have a few notebooks in use at one time. Every notebook has a purpose and I like having notebooks for specific projects. Over the years the Travelers Notebook system has worked really well for me because of the flexibility of the system, the quality of the paper and the number of different refill options available. That’s the main reason I have so many of these in use at one time.
I hope you’ve enjoyed peeking into my notebooks in today’s post. I love to seeing how people use their notebooks so please share any interesting information in the comments below.