I’ll be the first to admit I bloody love stationery shopping. There’s just something about buying new stationery that makes you want to become a better, more organised version of yourself. Well, at least the intention is there right, even if sometimes you spend longer just looking at stationery rather than getting on with anything…
The best part of stationery shopping has to be notebooks and organisers (just me?). I’m reaching the stage now where I’ll write a to-do list and then write the same thing in my planner and on my calendar. And then tick them all off. In a colour coded system. Once I realised that was a little bit insane, and that I was spending more time on my to-do lists than actually doing anything, I decided to put each notebook to good use.
So, without further rambling on my escalating stationery obsession, here are my top 4 (that’s right, there are more…ha…help) notebooks to stay organised:
1. The Agenda
Arguably the most important type of notebook to add to your collection, the agenda is going to help you plan each day and schedule in meetings, events, social occasions etc. It will become your new best friend.
I absolutely love this Kate Spade agenda I picked up in Edinburgh a while ago. Yes, it is rather on the pricey side of life (around £30.00…oops) but it’s just so efficient, how could I refuse?! Plus each month has a “This is the Month to” list, which is too cute. The price tag isn’t so cute but there you go. Who doesn’t want to be reminded that October is the month to carve a pumpkin? Absolutely no one.
The agenda is a fantastic addition to your desk- you can plan things in advance and feel important enough to use the phrase “let me just pencil that in my diary” (yet to happen to me but I can dream). If you buy just one notebook from this post, let it be this one. It’s great.
2. The Journal
Now, the journal is typically seen as the “creative” style of notebook, filled with unfinished poems and musings on everyday life. Of course, you can use it for that if you want. Personally, I find my journal useful as a “random thoughts” notebook. I use it to quickly jot down ideas for blog posts, or to make notes during my ongoing job search (#graduatelife; the struggle is real). Essentially, a journal is great for scribbling down notes on anything. Plus this one from Waterstones is French and therefore instantly cool.
3. The Diary
Ok, so this one is perhaps a little less to do with organisation and perhaps more of a…um, diary. You don’t have to go all “Dear Diary” with this notebook though. Instead, it’s great for making a quick, succinct note on what you’ve done that day. I bought this “One Line a Day” diary from Amazon, although I have spied it on various stationery shop shelves. (It’s also second-hand, hence the peek of writing you can see later on in the diary, which I thought was kind of cool).
What I love about this diary is that you’re given a very limited writing space, so it prevents you from rambling on about what you had for dinner (did anyone else do that when they were younger? I genuinely have accounts of the contents of my lunchbox). Plus, it’s a five-year memory book- you can look back and see what you were doing on this day five years ago. Great for keeping track of your time, especially if, like me, you lose track of the days very quickly.
4. The Handbag Size Notebook
Of course, nowadays most people (including me in all honesty) will just use their phones to make quick memos when they’re out and about. However, there are occasions when your phone just won’t do. I personally always struggle using my phone as a shopping list in a supermarket; I’m one of those people that has to walk around with a physical list that I can cross stuff off of and pretend I’m looking at when standing in the cake aisle. Really I’m just debating whether I need to buy more cakes (always). Anyway, sometimes it’s just nice to write things down rather than type them and popping a notebook in your bag feels more professional.
I hope some (or all!) of the notebooks in this post inspire you to become more organised. If not, well, at least the notebooks are pretty.