Power Ranking 5 Ways To Use An Empty Notepad
As a perfectionist, I often have a hard time getting things started – from articles to homework – because of fear that my job isn’t good enough. However, my perfectionist tendencies are not limited to only scenarios related to productivity; for example, they also come into play when I try to use a new notebook. There are so many things I could do with the notebook that I end up feeling overwhelmed and not making any choice at all for fear of making the “right” choice. One thing that often helps in these situations is having fewer choices. So to help you out, we at The Clog have narrowed down the different ways you use your laptop to five. Here’s our arbitrary power ranking of those options (we’re saving the best for last)!
5. Take notes
It might not be the most exciting use of your blank notebook, but it is definitely the most convenient. Maybe you’re taking a college course or taking an online course. Either way, a notebook is a great learning tool, especially since it has been proven that you learn better when taking notes by hand rather than typing (I’ve never been fan of taking notes by hand, but maybe you could put this theory to the test). You can also challenge yourself by taking hyper-organized, colorful aesthetic notes and using fancy stationery such as pastel highlighters, washi tape, and glitter pens. Who knows, maybe it will make you more excited to study for the exams. It will definitely help you create a follow on Pinterest.
4. Do something creative
Whether you are a fan of writing, music, painting, calligraphy or any other form of art, a notebook is invaluable for any artist. You can use it as a creative outlet and a space to hone your craft – a sandbox where you can experiment without fear of being judged. Not only can you express your own creativity in the notebook, but you can also collect work that you find inspiring, whether it’s song lyrics or memorable quotes from novels. I used to write short stories in my notebooks, but eventually resorted to Google Docs because my hand was getting cramped hence the low rankings.
3. Bullet journaling
Bullet Journaling is a popular organization system developed by Ryder Caroll. It’s like a one-stop solution for everything you need to organize your life, from to-do lists to habit tracking. You can design your bullet journal the way you want or follow one of the millions of tutorials on YouTube. Here are some of the items in your typical bullet journal: to-do lists (which can be broken down into annual, monthly, weekly, and daily to-do lists), trackers (such as habits, sleep, food, finances, and life). mood trackers) and a journal (where you can write down important memories, things you’re grateful for, etc.). Although I personally have found it easier to use digital tools than keeping a bullet journal, you can try this technique if you are looking for a highly customizable way to organize your life.
2. Keep a journal of your thoughts
This is one of the most obvious uses for a laptop, but also one of the most effective. Journaling, especially journaling in a physical notebook, is often praised for its mental health benefits, such as reducing your stress and anxiety, and helping you make better decisions. Personally, I try to keep a journal before going to bed because it helps me sleep better. Putting all your anxieties and mental to-do lists on paper helps you clear your mind before bed, making it easier to fall asleep. If you need journaling inspiration, check out these instructions and the reasons to get started with logging.
1. Make it a collector’s item
If you’re struggling to decide what to do with your blank laptop, you might give up on finding the perfect use for it. Let it stay in pristine condition and make it a collector’s item! Maintaining a collection of something you love is very satisfying, and maybe it will even pay you big money someday when screens have made paper completely obsolete. However, if you want to see your laptop realize its incredible potential and deliver on its great promise to be filled with, well, whatever, this option is not for you.
Keep in mind that you can always change your use of your notebook: maybe it started as a class notebook, but now is a journal for your thoughts. We hope this list has helped you decide what’s best for your laptop.
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