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Good Uses For Blank Notebooks and Journals

Updated on December 6, 2016
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Sadie Holloway is a writer and artist who uses the power of journaling to bring more peace, serenity, and joy into her life.

There are many ways to fill the pages of a blank notebook or journal. If you've been hesitant to use that pretty notebook you were given as a gift, this list of what to write in a blank journal might inspire you!

A blank notebook presents endless possibilities.

Stop telling yourself that you don't know what to write in that pretty journal you got for your birthday! Here's a list of creative uses for blank notebooks, diaries, and journals.
Stop telling yourself that you don't know what to write in that pretty journal you got for your birthday! Here's a list of creative uses for blank notebooks, diaries, and journals.

Food and mood diary. Did you know that there are some foods that can boost your mood and make you feel better? In addition to some of the scientifically proven foods that can lift your spirits, you probably have your own list of foods that make you feel alive and energized when you nibble on them. If you pay close attention to what you eat, you’ll probably notice that there are some foods that can make you

Activity diary. Just like a food and mood diary, taking notes about how you feel after a certain activity can help you become more aware of the things that fill you with joy.

Caregiving notes for an elderly parent or relative. If you take care of an aging parent or relative, keeping good records of meetings, medications, and other important health information is vital to you being an effective caregiver and advocate for your loved one. Make sure that you keep this journal in a safe and secure place, however. You’ll want to make sure that your loved one’s confidential health information is protected.

Mindless doodling is good for your brain. Fill the blank pages of a notebook with line drawings, cartoons, sketches, or whatever inspires you at the moment!
Mindless doodling is good for your brain. Fill the blank pages of a notebook with line drawings, cartoons, sketches, or whatever inspires you at the moment! | Source

I love the idea of using a blank notebook to let your mind wander with endless doodling and scribbling. Check out the link to the article on the benefits of being a doodler the watch the inspiring videos on using a blank notebook as a blank canvas for your creative doodles!

Your favorite lucky numbers, symbols, or images. If you believe that good luck symbols can make you luckier in life, keep a little notebook of drawings, words, numbers, symbols, and images that you believe will make you luckier. Draw a ladybug, or sketch a four-leaf clover, or write down your favorite lottery numbers in a blank notebook.

Small talk conversation starters. If you’re shy and sometimes have a hard time striking up a conversation and making new friends, keep a little notebook of interesting things to talk about. Then the next time you feel nervous before a big social event, whip out your little notebook and pick out one or two things to talk about with the next person you fancy a chat with.

Kid-friendly jokes. If you have young kids in your life, it’s always fun to watch their faces light up with laughter when you tell them a good, clean, age appropriate joke. Whenever you hear or read a funny joke that a child would like, write it down in a blank notebook and then memorize it before your next big family gathering!

A weather and moon phase diary. If you suffer from insomnia, chronic pain, or migraines, you might have noticed that the weather can have an impact on how you feel. For instance, some people find that they have a hard time sleeping during a full moon. And others have noticed that a sudden change in weather pressure can trigger headaches or joint pain.

The best reasons to fill up your blank notebook with your ideas, your hopes, and your dreamiest desires is that writing something down starts the process of making it real. It’s a message to the universe that you want this thing, this dream, this wish, to become a reality. One of the first things that efficiency experts and life coaches will tell their clients to do is to write down their goals. So what are you waiting for? There are so many different things you can write in a blank notebook!

Between the blank pages of a small hardcover notebook you find the perfect place to stash loose bits of pretty paper: cancelled stamps, a ticket stub from a memorable date, a hopeful message from a fortune cookie!
Between the blank pages of a small hardcover notebook you find the perfect place to stash loose bits of pretty paper: cancelled stamps, a ticket stub from a memorable date, a hopeful message from a fortune cookie!

Did you know that writing in a journal can put you in a good mood, or at the very least, get you out of a mental funk? According James Pennebaker, a psychologist and distinguished professor at the University of Texas, expressive writing in a journal can help people recover from emotional trauma and turbulence is life. Over 40 years he has conducted countless studies and found that in each study, Pennebaker found that the people who wrote about emotionally charged episodes experienced marked improvement in their physical and mental well-being! That sounds like a pretty good reason to put that blank notebook to good use. You can read more about Pennebaker's life work in an article published on the NY Magazine's website, The Science of Us.

When you write in a blank journal, do you stick to one theme or topic or do you like to mix things up a bit.

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