My Commonplace Book

So along with bullet journalling, one of my on-again-off-again habits is my commonplace book. Commonplace books are essentially the real-life Pinterest — many times for quotes or pieces of information useful or interesting to you.

Because of how I’ve used this particular iteration of commonplace book as an adult, a lot of it has to do with my day job, which isn’t super fun. As a child, I actually had these without knowing they had a name and a purpose, masquerading as quote books. I just wanted to keep track of the quotes I thought were cool. (I actually recently was back at my parents house and went through my old room to go through everything and decided what to do with it – my old quote books went in the bin).

As I go through and read the best fantasy books this coming year, though, I’ll be using my commonplace book as a quote book slash conspiracy theory home (I’m looking at you, Sarah J Maas).

Of course, stickers will be involved.

There are a few different ways of using commonplace books – and they don’t have to actually be within books or journals: there were some folks historically who used index cards, like you might for recipes. Essentially, it’s whatever organisation system works the best for you.

The method I’ve kept to, which might change as I grow this over the coming year is relatively simple. In the upper far corner of the page, I note the topic of the information: home, bizdev, fewd, CRO, finance, cooking – like I said, pretty boring at the moment.

But that could include other themes as well, like death, or love, or “cute things because I’m having a mental breakdown”, nihilism, ominous positivity, etc. etc.

Do you use a commonplace book?


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