Why You Need a Commonplace Book

A commonplace book is a means of saving important information that you want to mark and keep for later. Happy Monday everyone! And Happy Birthday shoutout to my amazing daddy! :) I love you!

Today is my first day of classes for the semester, and my schedule is packed full. So forgive me if these next few weeks are a little unpredictable on the blog; I'm trying to figure out a good schedule for myself.

I started something new this past week that I really want to share with you:

A Commonplace Book.

I first heard about it from this article on 22 Habits That Will Make Your Life More Peaceful (it's number 7). Basically, it's a notebook / journal where you can collect, categorize, and curate anything you want to remember. It's a means of collecting and storing all those bits of information that make our lives interesting. It could be a photo, an essay, or a quote. Regardless, it’s important information that you want to mark and save for later.

For example, say you read a great article in a magazine and found a lot of takeaways and tips you want to remember. Rather than keeping the whole magazine because of one article (that you probably won't remember to open up again), write down what you want to remember in your commonplace book. This way, you'll have all your inspiration at your fingertips whenever you need it.

A commonplace book is a means of saving important information that you want to mark and keep for later.

I went and bought a black moleskine notebook to use as my commonplace book. You can organize your book however you'd like. Maybe you want to have sections such as Inspiration, Quotes, Tips, etc. Or maybe you want to write it logically, front to back. Whatever your method, make your commonplace book your very own.

The first thing I wrote in my commonplace book was all the bits of inspiration I gathered from reading my Darling magazines. These magazines are full of great stories! By collecting my favorite passages and sayings, I'm keeping my favorite pieces with me, even if I don't open the actual magazine as often.

Some of you may even opt to have digital commonplace books. Maybe it's a blog or even just a simple Google Doc or Evernote notebook that you keep everything in. Personally, I've found that having something tangible allows me to easily flip through the pages I've written in and remember things more often.

So what do you think? Does having a commonplace book sound like something you'd like to implement? Or do you already use one? If so, I'd love to know how you organize yours and what types of things you include in it! Let me know in the comments below! :)