What To Use A Lined Notebook For: 15 Ideas

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I can bet that among all your Bullet Journal supplies, you have a few lined journals. After all, a while ago, they were all the rage, and there are still so many beautiful journals that have lined pages.

So, what should you do in a notebook with lines? The most popular grid at the moment is the dot grid, but it would be an absolute shame just to throw away those perfectly good journals.

And I’m here to help you! Because here is the list of ideas on things you can use your lined journal for.

If you’re feeling stuck or need inspiration on how to fill the beautiful blank pages of your lined journal, then don’t fear – I’ve got plenty of ideas here.

And be sure to scroll until the end for some more resources and ideas.

What To Do In A Notebook With Lines

Actually, most of the things you can do with any other grid types, you can do in a lined journal as well!

Plus, when trying to find an idea of how to use your journal, the best way is to think of different things you usually do during the day and how you can help yourself by using a journal.

Here are a few ideas to get your imagination flowing:

  • Use it as a Bullet Journal

Yes, a dot grid is the best one for creating a Bullet Journal, but it doesn’t mean it’s the only way to do it. If you have only a lined journal and want to start a Bullet Journal – go for it!

  • Use it for note taking

Do you have notepads and sticky notes all over your desk, filled with notes and to-do lists? Chances are you do, and probably these ideas will be left forever on a piece of paper that will probably get lost among all the other things. Having a journal to take al lth notes and jot ideas will help you have it all organized or at least in one place, so nothing gets lost.

  • Practice handwriting

If you’re just starting, I’d definitely recommend trying a square or dot grid to help you with your handwriting since it has a grid more convenient for monitoring the height of your letters. But if you’re ready to level up – try a lined journal!

  • Record your dreams

Keeping track of what goes on in your subconscious mind can be an intriguing exercise, allowing you to explore the inner workings of your own mind. As you record any imagery or messages that come to you in your dreams, it can be fascinating to look back and see if there are any recurring or repeating themes within them. Having a journal full of your nighttime musings can give you insight into yourself like never before!

  • Use it for journaling

Journaling has become an increasingly popular way to get in touch with your inner thoughts, and many have found that the simple act of putting pen to paper helps to organize their thoughts. A lined notebook provides a great medium for journaling, allowing users the flexibility of writing however much or little they want for day-to-day reflections.

  • Create a language learning journal

Not only will it keep all of your notes neat and organized when studying different grammar rules or words that are foreign to you, but it also encourages creativity by providing a blank canvas for taking down lists of vocabulary as well as illustrating sentence structures with sketches or drawings.

  • Use it for making lists

It’s incredibly satisfying writing in a lined notebook – the smooth lines make it a pleasure to write out your lists and ideas. Whether you’re making a grocery list or outlining goals for the year, having that tangible reminder of where you started is always helpful when reviewing how far you’ve come.

  • Mental health journal

Whether you go to therapy, have coaching, or generally work on yourself, you’ll probably have quite a few realizations that are worth remembering. The best way to do that is to write it down, so why not use it as an idea for your notebook with lines?

  • Trip of party planning

Planning a trip or party can feel really overwhelming, but using a lined notebook to get everything down on paper makes it so much easier. You don’t have to worry about forgetting any details when you’ve got a convenient little notebook keeping track of all the tasks like booking flights or ordering decorations.

  • Use it for your small business

Managing your small business can be daunting; that’s why organizing your thoughts and ideas in a lined notebook is an essential tool. It could be used to plan out projects, jot down ideas, record expenses, keep track of invoices, organize appts and tasks – the list goes on!

  • Write down your affirmations

Keeping a lined notebook just for positive affirmations is an excellent way to stay motivated and upbeat every day. Writing down these affirmations helps you recognize achievements, even if they seem small at the time, as well as express gratitude for life’s blessings.

  • Use it for study notes

Taking notes in school doesn’t have to be a drag! Using a lined notebook for taking study notes is one of the best ways to keep track of your classes, ensure you understand what’s being taught, and help you succeed in your studies. And this doesn’t apply only to students; there are plenty of courses and online platforms to keep on learning new things at any age.

  • Use it as a junk journal

Junk journaling is a creative way to express yourself, and using a lined notebook is the perfect way to get started! Since you’ll be using so many elements when doing junk journaling, chances are you won’t even end up seeing the lining of your pages. So even if it’s not your first choice, it’s worth considering.

  • Use it to store your pen pal’s information

If you’re doing snail mail, a lined journal is a great way to keep your pen pal’s information in one spot! With a lined notebook, you’ll always have everything you need right at your fingertips. Whether it’s addresses, nicknames or inside jokes, it’s never been easier to stay connected and organized with your overseas friends.

  • Collect quotes

A lined notebook can be a great way to capture those quotes that you know are going to boost your mood, motivate you, or just make you smile. Writing them down in a cozy notebook allows you to keep all these thoughts in one place and come back to them whenever needed.

More Ideas

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, you can use pretty much all the ideas I’ve had for a dot grid journal for a lined notebook as well.

So here are a few more blog posts with some inspirations on how to put your journal to good use:

Everyone loves a good notebook with lines– it’s the canvas of our creative ideas! So stock up on colorful pens and start exploring today.

Let us know in the comments which of these ideas looked best for you!

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