Notebooks were invented over 2,000 years ago, and have not left us since. Even in this age of touchscreens, styluses and tablets, many people still choose a simple notebook. I’m one of those people.
I used to like ruled notebooks more than blank ones, but I’ve changed my mind. Here’s why.
Writing between the lines
One thing I love about blank notebooks is that it allows me to make small lists in the corner, write quotes upside down or circle something so I don’t forget it later. When I was using a ruled notebook, I never felt that freedom. If I would write anywhere else but on the lines, the entire page would look messy and all over the place.
I like to brainstorm. I take twenty minutes out of day and spend it coming up with blog posts and other article ideas. When I brainstorm, I like to draw mind maps, icons and diagrams. I have the feeling I can do that more freely on blank paper. It makes me feel more creative.
Fun to look back
I’m the kind of person that keeps all her old notebooks in a box. For some reason, I love reading my blank notebooks more. The notes seem to be more fun, creative and have a more personal touch.
I definitely recommend trying out a notebook without lines. The great thing about notebooks is that they come in all sizes, shapes and at all prices. After being a Moleskine girl for a long time, I went back to cheap notebooks again. It’s somehow easier to write messy or draw in a cheap notebook, because the feeling is perfectionism isn’t there!
Image: Sebastian Mantel