16 Ways to Use a Notebook

Trying to think of a good use for that beautiful new notebook? I put together a list of 16 creative ways to use your empty notebooks that are productivity-boosting and inspirational!
Now, I’m in no way an advocate for creating extra work for yourself by cluttering up your life with unnecessary goals, notebooks and lists, BUT I think you might get some ideas and inspiration from this video for your next favourite notebook!
Let me know in the comments below what other ways you use your notebooks, which of my ideas are your favourites, or if you've got some neat variations on the suggestions I made! I love reading all your comments. ;-)
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  • I feel overwhelmed wi my notebooks lol. Like seriously I’m trying to figure out what notebooks should be used for but I got this hugeeee notebook with lined paper, bullet paper, and blank paper so that might just be my only notebook IDK

    unicorn giraffesunicorn giraffesPrije 2 dana
  • 👇🏻

    Katie KeayKatie KeayPrije 3 dana
  • This helped me a lot :)

    Lily GrangerLily GrangerPrije 8 dana
  • Would be my dream to have such a notebook?

    Rezende RezendeRezende RezendePrije 8 dana
  • I love #5

    Pastel SwordPastel SwordPrije 10 dana
  • Hows it possible to use such alot of books and keep updating in each of them

    pooja ganeshpooja ganeshPrije 14 dana
    • These are all just ideas! I only really use my bullet journal for everything, and only when I need to update it! ;-)

      Mistral SpiritMistral SpiritPrije 3 dana
  • I found this to be very helpful. I often find myself in what I like to call "organized chaos", so I picked up a bullet journal and intend to actually use it for it's intended purpose.

    SilverHyena TVSilverHyena TVPrije 16 dana
  • #17 Build a notebook castle, because if you’re like me, you have hundreds of notebooks.

    Eyeless JackEyeless JackPrije 17 dana
  • I am obsessed with buying notebooks just to smell and touch the fresh paper

    Maya DMaya DPrije 25 dana
  • Girl your mouth noises in between every sentence 😭 I'm trying to watch but my sound sensitivity is really getting in the way

    Ent AccEnt AccPrije 25 dana
  • One idea is basically the anything journal: a thing you could put are like little souvenir or memories and then write about that, how it happened, how you got it, or just write about being grateful that you got that, even attach pictures :)) pretty good idea? hehe like a journal spread

    taehyungs camerataehyungs cameraPrije 29 dana
  • I want to do a notebook where I write everything mean that gets said to me. Today some body said my teeth look like a rabbit and surgery won't fix them 😭😭 I haven't lost all my teeth yet and I already have some partial braces but not on the top

    Space CatcusSpace CatcusPrije mjesec
  • Awesome suggestions! Love your attitude...laid back but inspiring! Subscribed!

    Ryder Alicia ReyRyder Alicia ReyPrije mjesec
  • I have a segway!!

    Summer 101Summer 101Prije mjesec
  • I'm glad that works for you but I'd rather eat ground glass than to spend a single minute of my life making a bullet journal like that. Life is way to short to waste it by making things you can buy already done. BETTER things already done and ready to go. Only a woman would spend so much time doing something like that.

    James RitchieJames RitchiePrije mjesec
  • I need a scribble pad or notebook to organize my thoughts and ideas before nicely writing it into another book/ journal. lol I have a lot of notebooks too. Several are still blank that I'm starting to figure out how to use with videos like this (I love how you even use the tiny books!). but my current notebooks in use are... -Bullet Journal (yearly trackers + lists) -Regular Planner (for my daily stuff) -Art Therapy Journal -Anatomy Study Sketch book -Landscape Sketch book -Master Copy Studies sketchbook -Language Lessons In the past I started a dream journal, and medical notebook for when I worked with animals so I could remember what I was learning, but I didn't keep up with them. I might bring them back out. But I like the idea of common place books (quotes and notes) and the writers journal.... hmmm... Thanks for sharing! More ideas are coming to mind!

    Ideges_CsillagIdeges_CsillagPrije mjesec
    • Very very cool!! I actually use just a bullet journal for pretty much everything at the moment, but depending on what you need, all of those are really great ideas! ;-)

      Mistral SpiritMistral SpiritPrije mjesec
  • Thank you!! This actually gave different ideas than most videos. Also your water color paintings and sketches are beautiful.

    Pluto’s SoloPluto’s SoloPrije mjesec
  • “Dear future Loana” “Hi” Me:laughs like a dumb person

    Vanesa GuevaraVanesa GuevaraPrije mjesec
  • 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

    Deion GreenawayDeion GreenawayPrije mjesec
  • Her Handwriting: 10/10 My handwriting: 1/10

    Katelyn UwUKatelyn UwUPrije mjesec
  • Whose bullet journal does at least half of these?😂 because mine does.

    Natalie kNatalie kPrije mjesec
  • Hi! You just awaken my passion for scrapbook/journal! Being an architecture student, my current notebooks are only for class, goals, and architectural sketches. I just recently have a doodle sketchbook. I'll be needing a lots of notebooks for my 'self-centered' notes/ideas 😂. Thanks!

    jovelhjovelhPrije mjesec
    • Happy to hear! ;-)

      Mistral SpiritMistral SpiritPrije mjesec
  • Honestly im in love with the fact that you have all those!! Its my dream tbh

    Maria Noel FernandezMaria Noel FernandezPrije mjesec
  • I have like a billion empty notebooks, but I'm afraid to use them because they are too beautiful and I feel like I'm gonna mess them up 😂 ! These are great ideas though 😊

    twenty øne kittenstwenty øne kittensPrije mjesec
  • Please keep posting videos

    Angie WheelerAngie WheelerPrije mjesec
  • I just love watching this I can't get enough of it I'm so essed

    Angie WheelerAngie WheelerPrije mjesec
  • Those breaths in between sentences you take are so annoying omfg

    Ent AccEnt AccPrije mjesec
  • Bullet journaling and overly planning just seems like a depressing way to live life. I used to do things like that and strive to be like that, but it’s just not natural for me. I was forced to realize this when I got chronically ill and I couldn’t do all these things. I then realized what was really important and it’s not living like a prisoner or soldier with a ridiculously regimented regime. For some personalities, maybe it is healthy, but for me it just causes pain, stress, anxiety. And I’m okay with that. I like using journals for creative things and I’ve filled many of them over the years just writing/collaging/ drawing whatever I want.

    ragtimegalsragtimegalsPrije mjesec
    • Mistral Spirit that’s true. In college, I thrived with planning and found it fun. Now it’s the opposite. Glad you enjoy what you do and you inspired me for even my style of journaling xx

      ragtimegalsragtimegalsPrije mjesec
    • That's totally understandable. I think at different stages of life we all need different things. Priorities change, and so can your mindset, planning methods (if any), and the goals you're trying to achieve! Glad that you've found some creative outlets though because I think that can be an extremely relaxing and regrouping practice! :-)

      Mistral SpiritMistral SpiritPrije mjesec
  • make my own questions book

    Everardo CancinoEverardo CancinoPrije mjesec
  • My journal is a diary/sketch book/reminders/quote book/bucket list/ and sometimes a schedule (that I rarely follow) and a bunch of other things! :) Lol

    Totally Crazy StudiosTotally Crazy StudiosPrije mjesec
  • It's about 2am in my country and I'm watching this video... I suppose that I'm completely obsessed with stationary and notebooks lol :'D

    Diego Rene Via CasanovaDiego Rene Via CasanovaPrije mjesec
  • You are an artist

    Martha DuncanMartha DuncanPrije mjesec
  • And I thought I was extra with my diaries Yes!I actually only keep diaries

    nadiaalibaignadiaalibaigPrije 2 mjeseci
  • Where did you find all those questions for the q&a notebook?😊

    Lynn KummerLynn KummerPrije 2 mjeseci
    • I've got a blog post about them! mistralspirit.com/2018/05/15/qa-a-day-questions/

      Mistral SpiritMistral SpiritPrije 2 mjeseci
  • The trumpet of the swan book quote!

    jane of many tradesjane of many tradesPrije 2 mjeseci
  • I have MANY notebooks. I used few sides, then quit. But now I use 3 books all the time, and wanna do more books. I have 2 books to my youtube channel (when videos is coming out/witch day, and one there I writes video ideas), then I have 1 book there I will fill memories in, and I will start with that in 2020 (new book). Today I buy a very pretty book and that book are special to me, so I wanna do the inside special, but I have no idea what I can use it for D: IT´S TO PRETTY TO USE!!! Help me anyone..

    HelénHelénPrije 2 mjeseci
  • I have MANY notebooks. I used few sides, then quit. But now I use 3 books all the time, and wanna do more books. I have 2 books to my youtube channel (when videos is coming out/witch day, and one there I writes video ideas), then I have 1 book there I will fill memories in, and I will start with that in 2020 (new book). Today I buy a very pretty book and that book are special to me, so I wanna do the inside special, but I have no idea what I can use it for D: IT´S TO PRETTY TO USE!!! Help me anyone..

    HelénHelénPrije 2 mjeseci
  • Me : Heres 1 way to fill a notebook. Draw big ass lenny faces in every page that your friends will think that you’re a weirdo :)

    scarr rushscarr rushPrije 2 mjeseci
  • I love how you explained these!

    Akela the wolfAkela the wolfPrije 2 mjeseci
  • My problem is that I've had so many cool ideas on what to use my notebooks for but then when I get a notebook I forget it and regret it later

    NatureStyleNatureStylePrije 2 mjeseci
  • I have a dream journal, where I try to write down what I dreamt the night before, when I wake up (so i have it fresh on my mind and don't lose much detail). Its nice to have a detailed description of my dreams and look back at them sometimes. Also it helps if you have a dream dictionary so you can define your dreams with more details so you don't forget. 🌠🌜🌈📓🖋

    Christina C.Christina C.Prije 2 mjeseci
    • It's funny how we forget our dreams so quickly! Great idea :-)

      Mistral SpiritMistral SpiritPrije 2 mjeseci
  • If you're tracking your food... please be careful!! You want to maintain a healthy relationship with food and avoid obsession!

    Just A DolphinJust A DolphinPrije 2 mjeseci
    • Yess! 100% agree - it can be a great way to identify habits but should be done only if you're comfortable and confident about your relationship with food. <3

      Mistral SpiritMistral SpiritPrije 2 mjeseci
  • I can’t keep up with a bullet journal. I’ve tried 3 times and failed all 3 of them.

    the charm of jiminthe charm of jiminPrije 2 mjeseci
  • What would you think is a good digital version of combining all of these great ideas/. THANK FOR A GREAT VIDEO11

    Fang 1992Fang 1992Prije 2 mjeseci
    • Glad you liked it!! I like using Google Drive so I can have access to documents on the go. Actually, lots of Google products exist to keep you organized: Google calendar, Google Keep, etc.

      Mistral SpiritMistral SpiritPrije 2 mjeseci
  • Omg yah handwriting is lit

    chai ulolchai ulolPrije 2 mjeseci
  • Love your meal tracker idea. Great for tracking healthy eating. If I eat junk I highlight it in red as a warning! Many thanks

    cavhutchcavhutchPrije 2 mjeseci
  • i love the apocalist idea!!

    HouwenHouwenPrije 2 mjeseci
  • I write my prayers personally.

    Dannielle MechlingDannielle MechlingPrije 2 mjeseci
    • It's fun to go back through my prayer journal to see all of my progress and see where I was at when I wrote it.

      Dannielle MechlingDannielle MechlingPrije 2 mjeseci
  • Did you read six of crows!?!!

    Srinidhi LankaSrinidhi LankaPrije 2 mjeseci
    • Yes and I LOVED it! ;-)

      Mistral SpiritMistral SpiritPrije 2 mjeseci
  • This video is super helpful, thank you!

    lynn lylynn lyPrije 2 mjeseci
  • I'd like ti order a journal or other created booklet,me my daughter will enjoy creating these fun jourbnals

    theshantelheartshowblog Radiotheshantelheartshowblog RadioPrije 2 mjeseci
  • hey! did you finish you collectables notebook? do you have a video of it?

    Julia BüttenbenderJulia BüttenbenderPrije 2 mjeseci
  • 2 likes and I’ll eat a hot dog

    Stampys Biggest FanStampys Biggest FanPrije 2 mjeseci
  • My notebook are half filled and half empty

    mia squademia squadePrije 3 mjeseci
  • Your link for the Mint #16 book does not work. Anywhere I can buy that one? 😩

    Bonjour DarlingsBonjour DarlingsPrije 3 mjeseci
    • Hey, thanks for letting me know - I think they've done a rebranding and can be found here now: mintprintcess.com/

      Mistral SpiritMistral SpiritPrije 2 mjeseci
  • أعجبتني مذكراتك.. لكنني لم أفهم شي هل من ترجمه

    mariem mimimariem mimiPrije 3 mjeseci
  • It's amazing that you have so much to write about. Your notebooks are fabulous, and sooo neat!

    Sherry UtahSherry UtahPrije 3 mjeseci
  • 5:05 - Love your video, very impressive. 👍😊 May I ask please where you got your Nuance "writers" journal? It's so cool with the pen holder on the front cover. 👌😎

    Mike NMike NPrije 3 mjeseci
    • @Mistral Spirit thanks so much for your reply. All the best. 😊☮️

      Mike NMike NPrije 2 mjeseci
    • Thank you! I received that notebook a convention event, so I don't think it's available online, sorry!

      Mistral SpiritMistral SpiritPrije 2 mjeseci
  • I just bought 12 notebooks😌😆😂 there are so cheap in my country and so cute and if I don't buy it I will dream it and talk about it for whole month if you ask how much they cost. The cost $1.35 😂I'm serious

    SarasplayzSarasplayzPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Writing something for your future self is amazing I remember I did one in gr.7 and the school gave it back to us in gr.9. Everyone's reaction was surprising. People were crying and saying they forgot they felt that way 2 years ago. Some people were laughing about what they wrote. And this one kid put money in his envelope haha that was funny. I am doing this every year now and it feels amazing reading what I wrote a year ago to my future self.

    Camila DiazCamila DiazPrije 3 mjeseci
    • @Mistral Spirit Yesssss. Sometimes I loved being reminded of my past and good memories. It just makes you feel amazing.

      Camila DiazCamila DiazPrije 3 mjeseci
    • Haha, that's funny! Even old journals are fun to read and can remind you that lots of things just come in phases, and some concerns or anxieties never really go away - they just get easier to manage. ;-)

      Mistral SpiritMistral SpiritPrije 3 mjeseci