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Use a Daily Planner as a Notebook

For the past few years I’ve been using Moleskine’s page-per-day planner, large (13 x 21 cm) size, as my main catch-everything notebook (not as a planner as intended). Why do I love these?

  • They already have something printed on each page–dates up in the corners, some tiny numbers down the sides, little weather icons & such at the bottom. Just enough stuff going on to kill that PRISTINE BLANK PAGE anxiety. It’s easier to relax and write whatever, not worrying about if it’s worthy enough of the usual expanse of uncorrupted whiteness.
  • Because it’s a planner with thin pages, it doesn’t give off a pretentious “fancy journal” vibe. It’s made to be a workhorse, something to scribble quick notes in and spill coffee on. It’s not meant for feather-quilling your highfalutin memoirs…though the notebook police probably won’t bust you if you do.
  • The dates can be used as a page numbering system.
  • The edition that I use comes with a separate, alphabetized address booklet you can stick in the back & use as an index.
  • They’re nice and fat! Heaps of pages…so many pages that you can scrawl all over the place and make a dumb mess and not care about wasting paper.
  • THEY COME IN STAR WARS EDITIONS.
  • You can sometimes find older versions for cheap, like this 2014 Star Wars edition or this 2015 Star Wars edition (this last one is under 5.00 as of Oct 2015). If you’re using them as general notebooks, it doesn’t matter what year’s dates are in them.

Moleskine Daily Planner 2

Pages numbered from 8-20 & weather symbols at the bottom

Pages numbered from 8-20 & weather symbols at the bottom

Moleskine Daily Planner on Top (400 pages) vs. Moleskine Journal underneath (196 pages)

Moleskine Daily Planner on Top (400 pages) vs. Moleskine Journal underneath (196 pages)

2014 Yoda Edition

2014 Yoda Edition

Address book that comes with 2014 edition

Address book that comes with 2014 edition

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