Never let it be said that a notebook is a notebook is a notebook. There's a myriad ways to use one (and personalise one), and now Papier has launched dotted notebooks to complement our lined versions, there's a myriad more!
A dotted notebook is more helpful than a sketchbook for keeping your handwriting neat or creating a planner that suits you – as it's easier to draw straight lines and create separations in the pages as you please. And it gives you more freedom than a lined notebook because the the dots are not as obtrusive, so you can be more creative.
Below is just a few ideas to get you started but the dotted notebook world is really your well-planned oyster!
Create an index
It all starts here. Many people love using a dotted notebook because it's a great way to create a bespoke system of tasks, plans and events. So if you number your pages (don't worry, you don't have to do them all at once!) then you can use your first double page spread as an index to quickly and easily see what months, To-Do lists, different plans, notes, etc. you have on different pages.
A dotted notebook is a great way to keep track of plans by drawing calendars that work for you. Whether that's daily, weekly, monthly, or all three, it's up to you. Thanks to the dots, it's easy to draw neat lines and separate the page where you want, so you can create the size and format of planner you need. And the best thing is that you can embellish it in your own unique style with illustrated headings, borders and more!
Manage your To-Do lists
Whether you use your own unique system of showing what tasks need doing and have been done, or go for the classic ticking a box, (and who doesn't love the satisfaction that comes from that) the dotted notebook is your best friend in keeping track of those important tasks.
Keep your books, box sets and podcasts lists
You know when you're recommended a new show to watch or novel to read, you think "that sounds good" and make a mental note but then when it comes to wanting to remember the name – nada. With a dotted notebook, you can create your own section for such lists, list it in the index so it's easy to find, and then tick off the ones you've watched/read/listened to and add your thoughts, even your own review system. Then at the end of the year you can have a look to see which films you awarded the most stars/popcorn boxes/review system of your choice to.
If you want to know how much you're spending and on what each month, you can create a budget tracker under expense headings that you decide on. It could be as detailed as noting down each and every thing you bought and how much for, and totalling at the end, or you could draw bars for each expense group and colour in or highlight as you go, to see a more visual representation of where your hard-earned cash is going.
The best thing about a dotted notebook is that you can really let your imagination fly with just a small dotted helping hand to neatly guide your jottings, plannings, paintings or whatever else you decide to do with it. Who knew planning could be so fun!
See our complete collection of personalised dotted notebooks here and be inspired to plan with some creative flair!