Posted by Vanessa Chien Lai on March 21, 2019.
At some point in your life, you’ve probably owned a mini notepad－one of those small, spiral notebooks made for quick little notes. But you most likely have never used it for anything else; after all, it seems like taking notes would be their only purpose. In reality, these mini notebooks can do way more! Keep reading to find out how to take your mini notebook to the next level.
1. DAILY PLANNING
If you find yourself juggling a million tasks lately, this hack is for you. Making a daily log helps you remain organized and focused throughout the day. When you feel overwhelmed, take a step back and look at your daily spread for guidance. Here are some ideas to include in your daily spread:
- Today’s date
- Today’s focus: what is the number one thing you want to get done?
- Water tracker: remember to stay hydrated!
- To-do list: limit yourself to an attainable number of tasks
- Notes: for random thoughts and lists
2. HABIT TRACKING
A habit tracker is a simple table or diagram used to record good (and bad) habits. Whether done daily, weekly, or monthly, it can help you stay on top of things and hold yourself accountable as you cultivate good habits. The benefit of having one in your mini notebook is that you can carry it everywhere you go and fill it in whenever you accomplish a habit!
All you need are Pilot FriXion pens, a permanent marker, and a ruler. With your permanent marker, make a grid with the days of the week across the top and the habits you want to keep across the side. As the week progresses, fill in the squares accordingly with your FriXion pens and visualize how well you’ve been sticking to your habits. At the end of each week, wipe your habit tracker clean and start fresh! Don’t forget to scan your page before erasing so you can keep track of your weekly progress.
There are countless ways to create a habit tracker, and there is no one way to do it! You can check out examples here.
3. MAKING LISTS - OF ALL KINDS
Do you ever have a random idea that you want to record somewhere? Has a coworker recommended a TV show that you eventually forgot to watch? Or a song that you never ended up saving to Spotify? Your Mini may be just the right place for all the miscellaneous thoughts and lists that you never had a place for.
How can you do this? Simply take a Pilot FriXion pen (or a permanent marker, if you prefer) and make a title for the lists you want to have in your Mini. Make one list per page. For example, you can have a list just for groceries, or a list for movies and TV shows you want to watch. Maybe even a “Random Thoughts” list! Next time an idea pops in your head, pull out your Mini and jot it down. It will automatically be sorted into one of the lists you have already made!
Looking to get a mini notebook? Consider our Rocketbook Mini! It’s one of our smallest, most portable products. Light, pocket-sized, and endlessly reusable, the Mini is the perfect travel companion. Though tiny, this notebook is filled with possibility, so get creative!
About the Author: Vanessa is a Business student at Boston University concentrating in Marketing and Retail. A passionate calligraphy artist (Instagram: @letterwithvanessa) and social media junkie, she is always looking for new opportunities to create and share art. Outside of school and work, you can find her practicing Taekwondo, exploring cafés, and shopping for stationery.