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What is a commonplace book and why you need one now

December 7, 2019

Welcome to the blog! This week, I want to talk to you about something I’ve recently discovered and tried for myself: a commonplace book.

Now, you might be wondering: what the heck is a commonplace book? I’m here to tell you exactly what it is, and why you will want to start one today!

But don’t worry, my commonplace book is not here to replace my Bullet Journal! In fact, they serve two different purposes and should be kept in different notebooks.

Without further ado, let me tell you what exactly is a commonplace book and why you need one!

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What is a commonplace book?

*Sources can be found at the end of the post.

Commonplace book

noun. a book into which notable extracts from other works are copied for personal use. (Google)

 

Commonplace books have been around for a while, as far as antiquity, but they’ve mostly been kept from the Renaissance to the 1800s. They “are a way to compile knowledge, usually by writing information into books” (Wikipedia). They serve as a place to write down everything the user wants to keep for a later use: quotes, notes, recipes, proverbs, thoughts, poems, prayers, etc.

Basically, whenever you come across something that resonates with you, or you hear something that moves you, you write it down in your Commonplace book.

Instead of pulling out your phone and opening your Notes App when you want to remember something you read or heard, use a Commonplace book!

Why you should keep a commonplace book

Commonplace books are a great way to inspire you and allow you to focus. They let you write down something relevant, ponder on it, and return to it at a later time.

For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.

-Michelle Obama, Becoming

 

However, commonplace books are not diaries. They are instead a place to safekeep little pieces of information or inspiration that you can look back on at a later time. If you are a writer for example, they are a great way to store those words you’ve been thinking of but haven’t quite been able to feature in your next novel.

Commonplace books give you a break from the fury of information that is social media. Instead, when you read something meaningful, they give you the opportunity to think on it, write it down, and come back to it later for inspiration.

Start your commonplace book now

There is no need to wait! Start your Commonplace book today. Grab a simple blank notebook (like this one from Amazon) and start jotting down quotes, song lyrics, poems, even tweets that inspire you.

We are all bombarded by information every day, it’s impossible our brain retains more than 5% of it. That’s why a commonplace book is so important. While your Bullet Journal allows you to get organized and write down your tasks and your goals, your Commonplace book will help you keep important thoughts, sayings and quotes.

I’ve myself just started mine, and will be posting pictures on Instagram eventually. Maybe I’ll even do a follow-up of this post with tips to help you keep a Commonplace book. Let me know in the comments below if that’s something you’d like me to write about!

Until next time!

Mélanie

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Sources

How And Why To Keep A “Commonplace Book”, Ryan Holiday

Commonplace book, Wikipedia

The Commonplace Book as a Thinker’s Journal, Kevin Eagan


Check out these posts about the Bullet Journal to get even more inspired!

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  1. I love having a good reason to buy another notebook! But this does seriously sound great…and I retain things so much better when I actually write it down versus typing into my phone!

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