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Getting a new notebook creates a sense of opportunity, new beginnings, and a fresh start. These positive feelings spark creativity and delight, especially when the notebook is bound with quality paper and an aesthetically designed cover. But is this truly a positive feeling if there are other notebooks sitting on your shelf still waiting to be used?
Do you have any notebooks that are only used up halfway?
Consider the endless
supply of digital paper.
Let's say you assign a certain notebook to use for a specific class. At the end of the semester, you find that your notes for this class only took up a portion of the notebook. What do you do with the notebook now? Are you someone who gets a new notebook to use for a new class? Or, do you continue to utilize the blank pages within this notebook?
Instead of getting a new notebook, save some paper and some trees by using what you already have. Add a divider between sections of the notebook. Flip it upside down and make the back the new front. Use the rest of this notebook as scrap paper.
If the tactile feeling of pen and paper is what promotes productivity for you, stick with that. But, if you are interested in a form of note-taking that is accessible from any device and not limited to what pens you have, explore digital apps and devices. The most common digital replacement for notebooks is a tablet combined with a Bluetooth stylus. There is even a screen protector that makes it feel like you are writing on paper.
The different note-taking apps have a variety of features, each one trying to satisfy your desire for a realistic notebook. But, they provide more by allowing you to add things like photos, links, and colors. These apps also provide unlimited cloud storage to be synced across multiple devices. Since digital notebooks are theoretically limitless, you could save money by buying one device and notebook app versus dozens of paper notebooks over a lifetime.
Want to know more?
Environmental impact of paper, counter by The World Counts
Best Eco-Friendly Journals, article by Greenie Guide
15 CREATIVE USES FOR YOUR EMPTY NOTEBOOKS, article by The Bliss Bean
Should You Take Notes on Paper or on a Computer? - College Info Geek, video by Thomas Frank
Top 10 Best Note Taking Apps for 2019, video by Keep Productive