Welcome to the second post in the Createyou86 March Planner Awareness Month Blog Series. This post is written by Denis Tunca who i am collaborating with for this series. We connected due to a love for planning, and buying notebooks/journals. Here is her story.
Let's confess it. I am a notebook hoarder. Now that I have said it, let's move on!
As a Purpose & Self-Awareness Coach, I am constantly taking notes! I need to take notes about my clients, what they say in our meetings, things that come up to me when I am having a conversation with them (don't like calling it session). It is somewhat a creative moment for me because I am doing thing simultaneously. I am listening, thinking and taking notes of both at the same time and need to be fast! Notebooks are the saver of the day!
Using single papers are very unpractical in use because you can't control which page goes where, if you lose one etc. Notebooks are the key!
I don't know what really makes me love notebooks. Well, I am (or was before the baby) a bookworm and love the smell of a new book. Same goes with the notebooks!
Writing to paper has always been my way of an outlet. It may be for my feelings, for work, for the creative thing I need to do.
I have always used notebooks to study when I was at the university. Wrote down from the book and then shortened the whole thing, wrote with different pen colors depending on the importance of the context.
Writing with a real pen and paper has always helped me to "feel" the text and made it stick in my brain easier.
When I think of it, I love how the new pages feel smooth and untouched. I immediately think of which color pen I should use! If it has a thin point or thicker with a delicious color . This is starting to make me hungry for some reason hahaha.
I even have different preferences for different uses. If I am working and am in that mode I prefer to have simple colored and thin point pen so that I can fit as many comments I need when I am taking notes. I am very fast and good at taking notes. Something I learned in university .
If I am writing down ideas or my thoughts then I prefer to have a more colorful pen with a thicker point to support my creativeness. During those times I prefer not to have any lines on the page for example. It feels restrained for some reason. As if I can't be creative or feel trapped in a certain cookie shape that I can't get out of, creatively.
I was (once again before the baby) journaling quite frequently and it was an awesome outlet for me. I had a small notebook with an elastic band around it so that it is easy to put a pen that holds it. This is a very convenient way to not search for a pen. It was an A6 size (big as the ¾ size of your hand basically) and very comfortable to keep it in any bag thanks to its size.
I know I don't have the time or effort for journaling at the moment but I want to take on bullet journaling. Not full-on artist mode no-no. I can't do it. I am neither artistically blessed nor patient enough to make it perfect as I want it to be. So, using stickers is always the best way to make it pretty for me.
Sorry out of the topic! Back to notebooks.
The notebooks I love the most? OF COURSE, THE FREE ONES! Especially those you get from fairs. And let me tell you, friend, I have a fair share of my fairs that I attended. I have a small bookshelf that only keeps my notebooks in it. I have all sizes and shapes (if I am honest). Don’t forget about the colors as well! Brown, black, blue, purple you name it.
I love to have spiral notebooks to take notes on when I am at home. It is easy to use and flip just when you are taking notes rapidly. Easy to go back to previous pages. I am not very patient when I am working. I need to get to the point as soon as possible.
But I do have more polished notebooks as well where I have my notes of more cleaned and valuable information. Like the sum of a course. What it means for me in term of a business owner.
I always approach notebooks with respect. You never know what they have or will have in them. It could be someone's diary to keep them sane, a business plan for someone who wants to accomplish their dreams, someone's outlet for their creativeness with awesome sketches etc.
I don't know what my empty and unused notebooks will become. I always treat them like babies. Maybe a weird way of seeing it but this comes only natural to me. I always treat my books with respect as well. You can't find a folding scar on my books. I call it scar because the folding mark on the first page of a book that for me kills the cover. I am very sensitive about this. Therefore, I never lend my books to anyone if they are not as freaky as I am.
Nowadays my notebooks have a more meaningful place for me. During the coaching conversations I have with my clients, my job is to find their life purpose. It is a huge responsibility from my side! I need to uncover their strengths and shine a light on it. I need polish and showcase it to them with their own experiences. I need to make them believe in themselves for their own dreams sake!
It is all on those pages! How I empower, support, clarify, de-stress them. How they should motivate themselves for their dreams! How to focus on their dreams and reach their ideal client. Even thinking about the impact I have makes me so happy.
The notes I am taking now are far more important than any others before. Because I am holding one's life on those pages practically. I am doing something they don't. I am believing in what I see
in those notes! I am believing in them! In their dreams!
I am constantly digging to see what more opportunities they have to fulfill their dreams with their passions and their strengths. How can it not be important!
I am encouraging them to take notes as well if it does not disturb their focus. Because seeing is believing.
It is true! If you write down something over and over again your brain will believe it at some point. That is why my notebooks are important! They will always contain something valuable in them.
Even the scrambles that we do when we talk over the phone or listening to something is very revealing about our characteristics.
So, do not underestimate the power of writing! Actually, use it for your advantage.
I would love to wrap things up by thanking the beautiful and oh so lovely Emily for inviting me into her Createyou86 Community. This was a pleasure of mine and a fresh breath of air to write about something that I can share with people who really get me!
I would love to help you guys to uncover your life purpose or just see what you are meant to do here in this world with a simple Clarity Call.
You can also take my Mini 3 Day Course about how to earn money out of your passion and how to brand it. That is also over on my website www.denistunca.com
Now over to you! What is your favorite type of notebooks? Do you have special pens for that notebook? Share your wildest notebook dreams!
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