A Little Known 'Life Hack' From Japan To Keep Your Notebooks Organized

July 10, 2015

Adam from Highfive Blog shared this wonderful tip to organize your notebooks that he learned in Japan from a friendly businessman.

Here's how it works:

The back of your notebook will act like a tag list or index. Every time you create a new entry at the front of the book you're going to "tag" it.

For example let's imagine you're keeping a notebook for recipes and you just wrote down a Chinese recipe on the first page.

tip to organize recipe book notes
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Next you'd go to the last page and create the tag 'Chinese' by writing it on the first line right next to the papers left edge.

tip to organize recipe book notes
Credit: Highfive Blog

Now you'd go back to the first page where the recipe is and on the exact same line as the 'Chinese' label you just wrote you'd make a little mark on the right edge.

tip to organize recipe book notes
Credit: Highfive Blog

You'd make this mark so that even when the notepad was closed the mark would be visible. After repeating this for various recipes you'd now have various tags visible on the notebooks edge.

tip to organize recipe book notes
Credit: Highfive Blog

Now if you ever wanted to find a particular recipe you'd simply look at the index, locate the correct recipe label and look along the visible edge to find every single page which has been tagged as such. Then it's simply a case of flicking to each page.

Alternative Notebook Organizing Tip:

Leave the first 2 pages blank and use those as the "table of contents", then number every page after that.

Credit: Highfive Blog. Check out more awesome tips on their blog!

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