What… Systems?

Do you need a system in your commonplace book?

Systems… is the most difficult thing you have to think about before you start your first commonplace book.

You know what to write, you know how to write (or after a few tries you know). But how the hell do you put it all together, without making a mess of your beautiful notebook?

My fellow blogger Thomas did post a very interesting article about the structure of a common place book.

I put everything down, and quotes are not my top priority (blogpost about using quotes follows later).

Some people use different notebooks for different topics, e.g. books they have read, recipes, places they have visited, historical characters and events…

If I was a smart girl, I would have done that, it would be a lot easier. At the very moment I have one commonplace book (and a bullet journal at work, again, another blogpost for another time).

Do I have a system? And if so, how does it work? Well, I, unfortunately, have no system yet. And I felt bad about it.

But I gave it a thought, and maybe you don’t really need a system yet. Maybe it is not bad to just go with the flow.

I have an index, an empty one, I’ll fill it in later. It is no use now, because, I have very little to put in yet. My pages are already numbered (Leuchtturm 1917), so no problem there either.

What I do have? Here is a list:

p. 2 ………… Books I want to read (2017)

p. 3 ………… Books read in 2017

p. 4 ………… Books bought in 2017

p. 5-6 ……… Empty

p. 7 ………… Title page – Books and Authors

p. 8-11 …….. Diana Gabaldon

p. 12-13 …… Jody Tailer

p. 14-15 …… Ken Follet

p. 16-17 …… Robert Harris

p. 20-21 …….J.K. Rowling

p. 22-48 ……..Empty

p. 49 …………Title page Historical characters

p. 50 …………David Lloyd George (*17/01/1863-♰ 26/03/1945)

p. 51-98 ……. Empty

p. 100 ………. Titel page quotes

P. 101 ………. Quotes

p. 102-196….. Empty

p. 197……….. Titel page concepts and such

p. 199 ………. Molly House / Thread / empty

p. 200-249….. Empty

You see what my problem is? And where do I have to put my historical events?

I hope you can use this article, and I hope, with time I can give you guys more advice, but for now, I’m just a starter, and still learning.

PS: The authors are NOT in any case ordered in fashion of preference (J.K. Rowling and Diana Gabaldon are my two favorites, they are geniuses).

PPS: The same for historical characters and historical events.

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