35 Things To Do In Your Blank Notebook


Are you one of those people who fall in love with notebooks, buy them and then have no idea what to write in it? Join the club.

Opening a blank notebook to write in, can be terribly exciting. And after a couple of minutes, increasingly frustrating as you don’t know what to write in it. Many people love Moleskine notebooks. They are not only comfortable to write in, but are also portable and have a little pouch to put in all your little bits of paper you don’t want getting lost. If you can’t decide on what to write in your notebook, here are 35 ideas that will get your creative juices flowing!

1. Daily Journal

This is by far the most popular thing people do when they get a notebook. Life can be really stressful. And it’s a great way to reflect on life, when you get home. Just take a couple of minutes to yourself and write down what you did that day. It will make a great difference.Β  And you get to keep a little memory of that day for the rest of your life.

2. Brain Storming

If your work involves a lot of creativity, like mine where you constantly need to come up with unique ideas to make your daily project stand out (for egs, if you’re in advertising, writing, or designing), you can’t predict what will inspire you. Maybe a dream at 3:o0Β  in the morning. Or a display in a store window. And if you’re not carrying a notebook with you at that time, it could mean the loss of a precious tidbit of inspiration which is required to finish that banner you’re designing or that last chapter you couldn’t think the perfect ending to. So make sure you have your notebook with you all the time so you can jot down your ideas quickly to save them.

3. Lists

Are you one of those people who love writing lists? Like the “Top 10 Things to do when bored” or “Top ten countries to visit in this lifetime”? Use your notebook to enhance your creativity and kill your boredom with this idea.

4. Movie Reviews

If you love watching movies and have a horrible memory (like me) to remember the names of the movies you’ve watched, you can write down the name of each movie you watch. You can mention the actors, give it a 1-5 star rating and also write down the plot or your favorite bits of the movie.

5. Passwords

If you’re anything like me, and love creating accounts in any website you join, but can’t remember the password the next time you have to login, note down the accounts and passwords. Make sure you remember which page you write it down in. For easy reference, you can stick post it notes or use the last few pages.

6. Doodle

This is the most prettiest and fun way to record all your emotions and what you did that day. When you have a boring class or are just in a mood to scribble away, open a blank page and let your pen/pencil flow freely to transfer your quirky imagination to the paper.

7. Short Story

This is a great way to improve your writing skills or just cure a couple of hours of boredom. Come up with a great story, and out of the world characters. It will help you brush up on your vocabulary and you get to work on your spellings.

8. Songs

You can write the lyrics to songs you just cannot do without or songs you’ve always wanted to interpret. You can come up with amazing interpretations and then look them up to see how many wonderful alternatives are there online. It’s a great way to bond with music lovers and also is lovely to read.Β 

9. Special Memories

There are certain memories we have from our childhood that we never want to forget. Write them down to keep them in your heart, forever.

10. Playlists

If you’re on a bus and have all your songs in one folder on your i-pod, you could list categories or make funky names for playlists to enjoy your music more.

11. Draw

A lot of people draw everything they see. If they are in park, they draw pigeons, or when they are at the beach, they draw people around them. It’s a great way of recording events, visually.

12. Record your dreams

If you love keeping track of your dreams or want to remember how weird they got, keep a book and pen and next to you while you sleep. You can record your nightmares and your funny dreams. It’s also a delve into your sub-conscious mind.

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13. Recipes

This a great way to keep track of all the new recipes you’ve learned. It can be a recipe you’ve just inherited from your grandmother or something you’ve concocted in the kitchen at the last minute that your family just couldn’t get enough of.

14. New Words

If you’ve learned a new word that day, write it down and conjure up a couple of sentences so you can improve your vocabulary.

15. Goals for the Day/To-Do List.

If you’re one of those people that have extremely hectic lives and can’t keep track of things you have to do everyday, make checklists. It’s a great way to be punctual and nothing will ever catch you off guard.

Related: Get this amazing Daily Plan Printable, completely free to download!

16. Inspirational Quotes

These are definitely fun to read and can brighten your day when you’re just not in the mood to step out of the house or you’re having an unproductive evening.

17. Free Writing

Set an alarm clock for 15 minutes and write anything that pops into your head. Don’t stop. You will be amazed at how fast your brain works and what is dwelling in your thoughts. You can come up with great ideas and self inspect.

18. Poems

If you love writing poetry or want to start, a new notebook is a fun way to get started. Make sure you have a thesaurus with you and you’re good to go!

19. Books you’ve just read or want to read

You can write a little summary of the last book you’ve read. It’s a wonderful way of remembering the story, so you can narrate it to your friends or loved ones.

20. Wishlist

If you suddenly remember something you want to buy for yourself a couple of months from now, write it down so you remember. You can also write down great gift ideas for your family and friends.

21. Encounters

You could write down the encounters you’ve had that day. This way, you get to remember whom you’ve met and what conversation was pursued. It will help you keep track of your life.

22. Letters

You can write down letters to friends and family as practice before sending them out.

23. Things to look up

Has a question ever crossed your mind and you decide to look it up, but when you get home, you just can’t remember what it was? Make it a point to write it down so you keep your thirst for knowledge alive.

24. Grocery List

Stick a couple of sticky notes on the fridge, so you can write down whatever supplies you’re running out of. That way you don’t have to scratch your head at the grocery store trying to remember what it is you needed.

Related: Check out this amazing Meal Plan Printable that you can use for your weekly meal plans!

25. Scrapbook

You can always stick a couple of photos in your notebook to make it more personal. This guarantees a smile every time you open it.

26. Secrets

If you’re not into gossip, and but at the same time have the need to disclose your deepest, darkest secrets – write it down. But make sure you keep your book in a safe place or get a book with a lock to make sure your secrets remain secret.

27. News Headlines

Everyday, write down a headline that you find most interesting. After a couple of years, you can read through it and it will feel like going back in time.

28. Your ambitions

If you want to progress in your career or achieve something that will take a lot of work, write it down. Write down goals you need to accomplish so you can achieve your ambition. This will help create a positive approach towards life and help you acquire your dream job much faster!

29. Stick things in it

Paste tickets, wrappers, photos, pictures, magazine cut outs, anything that will enhance your journaling experience and make your book feel more like yours.

30. A positive habit

Write down a positive habit you’d like to implement in your life. It could be something simple like drinking more water everyday, or something life altering, like deciding to work on your anger. Either way, it’s a great way to track your progress and help you get the habits you desire.

31. Mindmapping

Doing this once a week is a great way to organize your thoughts or just see how deep your thinking can go. For more information, click here.

32. Pros and Cons

If you have trouble making decisions, write down the pros and cons. They’ll definitely be a deal breaker that will help you decide.

33. New Languages

Start a language journal. This can be really helpful if you’re beginning to learn a new language. You can write down grammar rules, vocabulary, errors you make so you can correct them, etc.

34. Travel Journal

Write down all that happened when you visited a new city or country. You can even stick mementos like stamps or brochures.

35. Trip Planning

Write down ideas of places you’d like to visit. And make sure you do plenty of research. This will save you plenty of time later when it’s time to go on your vacation.

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I hope this article helped you decide with what you’re going to write in your book. What do you use your notebook for? I’d absolutely love to know! We can be notebook buddies!

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  1. 1
    Melissa

    I think I need to do this. I have quite interesting dreams and sometimes wake up thinking ‘Hmm, I should blog that’, but then I roll over and go back to sleep, completely forgetting it by morning. Looks like I’m off to get a notebook!

    • 2
      Angela Mary

      That is an excellent idea! I used to go through the same thing, hence I started carrying a notebook with me wherever I went. It really came in handy. Thank you for your lovely comment.
      Lots of love,
      Angela

    • 4
      Angela Mary

      Hi Ruthie,
      Don’t you love a new notebook? I remember not opening mine for nearly 6 months because I was afraid I would ruin it. Hence, I drafted this post. So glad you like it. Thank you for the lovely comment. πŸ™‚
      Lots of love,
      Ang

    • 6
      Angela Mary

      Hello Deetspseeks,
      So glad you enjoyed the post. Hope it were able to narrow down your choices. Yes, there’s a bunch to choose from, but that’s where the fun is, isn’t it?
      Lots of love,
      Angela

    • 8
      Angela Mary

      Hello From Dream to Plan,
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I seriously enjoy writing in notebooks too! Glad you like the blog. Do remember to check your weekly mail for more updates.
      Lots of love,
      Angela

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    Sruthi

    Hello … These ideas r really helpful … I am sure I will try all of them soon … Thanku for sharing ur thoughts ???

  3. 11
    MA

    Definitely going to try the 15 minute writing idea. You have some great ideas. I too have lots of notebooks and most of them are empty! Although I have one where I paste in colour combinations torn from magazines or just colour ideas comes in handy when crafting or for home decorating when I get a mental block on what colour to go for.

    • 12
      Angela Mary

      Hello MA,
      That is so cool! Pasting color combinations from Magazines. Thank you! I love notebooks. So glad this helped you out. Thanks for the informative comment. 15 minute writing ideas are a lot of fun. You have no idea how many thoughts you process unless you write them down.
      Lots of love,
      Angela

  4. 13
    pavi

    you are just amazing. And I loved that of free writing which no one suggested till date I also Liked the idea of writing motivational quotes.Thanks a lot

    • 14
      Angela Mary

      Hello Gayathri,
      I am so glad you loved these ideas. Motivational quotes are really helpful when you’re stressed out or just don’t feel like doing anything. Thank you for your lovely comment.
      Lots of love,
      Angela

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    Natasha

    This was very helpful. I love books, paper, pens and all things associated. I found some of these ideas quite inspirational. Thank you for posting it for our enjoyment.

    • 16
      Angela Mary

      Hello Natasha,
      I am so glad this post has helped you. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I too share your love for paper and pens. Can’t do without it actually. I carry them with me wherever I go and its always proved most helpful. Have a lovely day. πŸ™‚
      Lots of love,
      Angela

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    Annie Dragonfly

    Every day, write in your notebook five things for which you are grateful. It will gradually change your life!

    • 18
      Angela Mary

      Hello Annie,
      That’s a brilliant idea. I recently incorporated this habit whenever I am upset or having an off day. And it works tons.Thank you so much for your lovely comment. πŸ™‚
      Lots of love,
      Angela

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    Ladybeth

    Great ideas!! If I were to start a notebook for each of your ideas that I want to try, I’d have notebooks scattered everywhere! So I’m going to start today (June first seems like a good day to begin) and use one really cool new notebook, which I already have, to incorporate many of your ideas. I’ll date the top of the page and write down anything that seems noteworthy or that I want to remember, and also paste in ticket stubs, etc., ending the day’s entry with a brief summary of what happened/what I did. Sort of a combination journal / smash book. At least, that’s my plan.

    • 20
      Angela Mary

      Hello Ladybeth,
      I am glad you loved this! I too have a plethora of notebooks that are lying around. The best part is, I still crave for more! A journal/smash book is a great idea! I do the same. Since I work with websites, I even jot down to-do lists to make my work more fun! Wishing you all the best with yours. Thank you for your delightful comment.
      Lots of love,
      Angela

  8. 21
    LaVern Drollette

    I have kept journals forever…..I am turning 63 this year and have volumes but since I don’t have time to scrapbook anymore I have combined it in my journal keeping and I love the Bullet Journal ideas. Thank you for your list. I love lists and copied yours into my most recent journal….hopefullly it will spur my kids and grandkids to keep journals of their own…

    • 22
      Angela Mary

      Hello Lady LaVern,
      It is truly an honor to hear such a sweet note from you. πŸ™‚ I’m glad this list has helped you. I too write stories in my notebooks (in a bright and cheery tone) so one day my kids and grandkids can read it all and have a good laugh. Thank you for your lovely message.
      Lots of love,
      Angela

  9. 23
    Beuckels Anneke

    I loved your ideas!
    There are so much notebooks lying around … Waiting to be filled… And now i have inspiration ☺️
    Thank you for sharing this.
    Big hugg?
    Anneke

    • 24
      Angela Mary

      Hello Anneke,
      So lovely to hear that this post has helped you find a use to all your beautiful notebooks lying around! Do stick around for more informative posts. πŸ™‚ Thank you for your lovely comment.
      A big bear hug,
      Angela

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    Heidi

    This is very helpful! I always struggle on what to do with all these cute notebooks, I got mine a sketchbook too! hahah
    What do you think if I just put all of them (most of the things you listed) in a book?? Because when read your entry, I kind of have a little of everything, like for instance I even jot down this list you made in my book. Then as I scroll down, I did most of them in one book… now I feel oh my….but I do have a separate book for my poems.
    in this book, I pasted my fav artists pics, monthly challenges, random ugly doodles,me trying on my new pens (mostly scribbles), parts of lyrics that I love n stuff
    what do you think? n also if I jot them down in my book, what Im gonna do with my blog??(just a casual blog I started when I was in my teen where I jot down movie reviews, album reviews, journal)

    • 26
      Angela Mary

      Hello Heidi,
      I am so glad you’ve found this post useful. πŸ™‚ I’ve had loads of mini sketchbooks too. I used to carry my charcoal drawings in them. So much fun! Since I have two homes, I don’t yet have a drawer dedicated to all my notebooks. Your ideas are absolutely fabulous. I love writing lyrics too. I don’t seem to have the time to note down everything yet, but I try and make time to jot down the most important things. You can use your blog for your most important stuff, and write down your ideas on your notebook. Brainstorm post ideas? That sort of thing. ^_^
      Lots of love,
      Angela

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    Jacquie

    Love love love this! I have ALWAYS loved notebooks and journals! I have way too many. I do keep a “Life Journal” that I wanted to share with you and others as it may help also. I used some ideas from bullet journaling to have my journal somewhat organized so I can keep with the free spirited nature of it and not become too uptight that it keeps me from being creative. The right brain side of my brain needs structure lol so I created an index that has various broad topics such as Lists, Art Classes (to track notes etc), motivational inspirational items (here I keep notes from various books I read which might have active exercises, bucket list under list, project list for all those life projects like painting the house, staining the decks, washing outdoor furniture–etc.
    I attempt to keep my main topics general and then have sub topics. I also collect visual elements that inspire me for Decorating, Landscaping, things I want to draw or create, Color Theory, health (as I use Essential Oils and am always collecting tidbits of knowledge and recipes). So many more as my life is so rich and full of ideas and things I want to study, track, list or read! I needed one central place to keep it organized because one notebook for each was daunting!
    The really neat thing is that you number your journal pages and everything in your book will have an entry on your index as it builds–you just have to remember to add it to your topic or create a sub topic .
    But make certain your index is created in pencil! Hope this helps to inspire you or others even more! Thanks so much for the list. I had to retire mine as 35 PLUS Things to put in your Notebook! Haha
    -Blessings! -Jacquie

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      Angela Mary

      Hi Jacquie,
      I’m so glad you loved this post. It was written with the intent to please Notebook Lovers. πŸ˜€ Oh, how I love notebooks. I don’t have time to write in them, but I’m currently building a new home, and I write down every little detail. Bullet journaling sounds like a lot of fun. I’ve saved some pictures but I’ve never had the time to sit and learn it. Project lists and Bucket lists! Gosh. So amazing. I should do those too! Such lovely ideas. Keeping an index is a wonderful idea. I am definitely going to do that! πŸ˜€ I even carry it with me everywhere. People are always surprised to see a notebook. Guess they are just that used to technology. Lol.
      Lots of love,
      Angela

  12. 29
    Jacquie

    Note above correction: I had to ReTitle my list you wrote about to 35 Plus Things to Do in Your Notebook! Sorry about that! πŸ™‚

  13. 34
    Berit

    How weird! Just yesterday I cleared out some of my paper stacks and found a few notebooks with few entries, mostly scribbles…. I was going to bring them to the office…. but now I suddenly have more use for them at home. Thanks.

    • 35
      Angela Mary

      Hello Berit,
      So glad I helped save those fancy notebooks. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for stopping by. Do let me know if you would like similar posts like these.
      Lots of love,
      Angela

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    Valerie Atwell

    Please don’t write down your passwords. There’s a great site called Last Pass (as in the last password you’ll ever have to remember!)
    You enter all your websites and passwords then all you have to remember is the one master password for Last Pass. It even fills in the passwords for you when you come to a site you visit regularly, and prompts you if you make a new password for a new site. I’m not getting anything for promoting this, I just think it’s a great idea! Oh, and it’s free!! https://lastpass.com/
    I’m going to try some of your ideas for all the wonderful blank books I have. I think they’re just too pretty to write in.

    • 37
      Angela Mary

      Hello Valerie,
      I used to use LastPass but it screwed up with a lot of passwords. It even deleted my old passwords which my browser used to store for me and I had to uninstall it. I use the back of my notebook now. It’s not high security, but even if someone does discover it, there’s no way they’ll be able to decode it. And I keep only passwords I use for other blog logins. If LastPass works for you, awesome! Thank you so much for dropping by. Glad this post helped you discover new ideas.
      Lots of love,
      Angela

  15. 38
    Taposhi Ghosh

    Hi Angela, loved ur blog. Especially the 15 mnt idea, for my son :).. Great way to perk up his creative writing skills without making it boring.. Thanx a lot πŸ™‚

    • 39
      Angela Mary

      Hello Taposhi!
      Thank you so much. I’m so glad you loved the idea. It really organizes your thoughts, you know? You are most certainly welcome. Thank you for dropping in, have a lovely day!
      Lots of love,
      Angela

    • 43
      Angela Mary

      Hello H.K.
      Thank you so much for the lovely comment. I’m so glad you found it useful. Yes, the fifteen minute idea is really helpful for organizing your thoughts.
      Lots of love,
      Angela

    • 46
      Angela Mary

      Hello Ether,
      I know the feeling! I have loads and loads of notebooks too. I’m so glad you found some ideas to help fill some notebooks! Thank you for dropping in.
      Lots of love,
      Angela

    • 48
      Angela Mary

      Hello Emma,
      I have plenty of notebooks too! Most of them are empty of half through. So glad you loved these ideas. πŸ™‚ Do drop in suggestions if you have any!
      Lots of love,
      Angela

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    Peach

    Hi Angela! It is so great to finally find someone who feels exactly the same as me. For so long I thought I thought I was the only one. I love notebooks but I’m afraid I would ruin them with my handwriting. Any tips on how not to be such a perfectionist? By the way, your post really helped. Thank you so much!

    • 52
      Angela Mary

      Hello Peach,
      Keeping notebooks are definitely a dream come true for most people. It helps provide an outlet for our creativity. Let me tell you a small story. I got a very expensive notebook when I was 14. It was like a diary, with lots of pink fur and even came with a lock. It was gorgeous. I didn’t want to ruin it. I never used it. I’m 24 now and I’ve obviously outgrown that kind of taste. I buy only moleskines now and prefer simple and bold covers. That notebook lies in my drawer, unused and unopened. It makes me sad, that I only ever admired it and never used it. I’ve learned that being a Perfectionist is a little bit of a curse. Just learn to let go and start writing. Don’t tear out pages, even if you feel that they are imperfect. Finish your notebook. You will get no greater joy. πŸ™‚
      Lots of love,
      Angela

      • 53
        Peach

        I definitely know what it feels like to admire but never use a notebook! I’ve been trying to work on not ripping pages out so much, and I have a scribble notebook just for when I want to make random drawing and such. Thank you so much for replying, it makes me so happy to hear a fellow notebook lover! <3

  17. 56
    Sophia

    Hmmm….I really like these! well done πŸ™‚ I mostly like #33, because I love languages. But could there be an alternative to it to make it maybe like making your own secret code or language? Thanks!

    • 57
      Angela Mary

      Hello Sophia,
      Thank you so much! Of course you can make your own language. You can make a small Rules page where each alphabet you make stands for an alphabet in the English Language. Sort of like a secret code? I’ve done it when I was really little. πŸ˜€ It’s so much fun! That’s a really great idea. Thank you for mentioning it.
      Have a lovely day!
      Angela

  18. 58
    imani rafil

    hi angela!

    i just stumbled upon your blog yesterday and i really love your blog! this post helps me a lot because i have TONS of notebooks lying around: some of them which are too nice to use and some of them i just don’t know what to do with. since it’s the start of the year, i’ve decided to use my old notebook (which i used as an old diary) and fill in all the pages with your ideas. thank you for your ideas! πŸ™‚
    ✍🏻

    • 59
      Angela Mary

      Hello Imani,
      I’m so glad you love my blog. I totally understand. I am in the same boat and I still (shamelessly) buy notebooks because I have such a HUGE weakness for them! Lol. So happy you were able to find ideas.
      Happy New Year!
      Angela

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    wook

    i was gifted a handmade notebook for my birthday by my teacher this year and she told me to use it for the poems and stories i write, but the thing is, i’m not very neat. so i was confused what to do with it.this article helped me a lot

    • 63
      Angela Mary

      Hello Wook,
      Handmade notebooks are so pretty! You’re so lucky to have a teacher who gives great ideas. Don’t worry about neatness. I used to do that too, and most of my pretty notebooks are still empty because I was too scared to write in them. Let your words flow. Don’t care what anyone thinks. It’s your notebook and your pen.
      Lots of love,
      Angela

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    Dania

    cant you say anything for kids well not kids but 10 year old
    My dad bought me a pink fluffy notebook and i really would LOVE to benefit from it
    lots of LOVE ,
    Dania

    • 65
      Angela Mary

      Hello Dania,
      The entire list comprises of things both adults and kids can do! πŸ˜€ In fact, most of this list comprises of things I used to do as a child with my notebook. What is your favorite thing to do in yours?
      Lots of love,
      Angela

    • 67
      Angela Mary

      Hello Melanie,
      Thank you so much! That is so very thoughtful of you. πŸ˜€ Will continue to journal for as long as I live.
      Lots of love,
      Angela
      P.S. Your journals are very, very pretty.

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    Belle

    Hi! I like to do things like this too . . . But I think I have too much notebooks! So I joined New Languages and Travelling together! I hope you like my idea . . . I love the suggestions! Thanks so much!

    • 69
      Angela Mary

      Hello Belle,
      Eeek! Super stoked that you have notebooks. I’m a Queen of collecting different types of notebooks. Some of them barely used after I started my blog. It’s like a mini-world. Ha ha. I love your idea. You could even stick photos and postcards in your notebook! Just to add a personal touch. I’d love to see a picture when you’re done.
      Lots of love,
      Angela

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