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Writing can be a therapeutic experience. The act of putting pen or pencil to paper can help improve focus and reduce mental clutter. It inspires a more detailed approach to notetaking, provides an added focus when compiling to-do lists or fleshing out your goals, and can help spark inspiration while drafting essays and assignments.
Notebooks are great for students who utilise them to collate study notes from lectures and workshops and keeps them easily at hand to reference while preparing for exams and assignments.
Notebooks come pre-lined, dotted and plain so that you can write neatly and consistently. With these guides, the page becomes a place for you to take notes in your own style. You can space out paragraphs, add handwritten dot points, circle key words and colour code different sections. You can even do this in a bullet journaling format, helping you manage and cross off tasks. This way, when you go to reference the information later, it’s presented in a personalised and meaningful way, which helps with information retention.
Health journaling is ideal for keeping track of your wellness, whether it be physical or mental. Want to set fitness goals? Or socialise more? You can write down the steps and track the progress to these types of goals in a health journal. This way, you can go back and reference your development with a flick of a page.
One of the most enticing things about creating your health journal is that you can personalise it to fit your journey. Whether that includes writing in different colours, drawing illustrations or adding stickers, you can customise your journal so that it motivates you. Officeworks also range a variety of dream journals and goals and inspiration-themed journals which have pre-set templates.
Bullet journaling is a system to help you create to-do lists, write down goals and jot down your thoughts, breaking it down day by day or week by week. This format uses short bullet points and symbols to specify if something has been completed, scheduled or delayed. This stops clutter on the page and allows you to reference previous days or weeks with ease.
Bullet journaling simplifies the way you plan out your schedule, allowing you to plan your day with simple keywords and dot points. It’s also a streamlined way to organise your days and track your growing efficiency when it comes to work, home tasks or goals like saving money and planning a holiday. Write less to do more.
Want to learn how to start bullet journaling? Watch the video below for tips on starting a bullet journal.
Officeworks has a wide range of notebooks and journals to help you keep ideas, thoughts and important information in one place.
Notebooks are for a minimalist, standard approach to study, work, and personal use. They range in size from essay ready A4 sized books and pads to store in your bag, to compact versions that you can place right inside your pocket. Some of the features of a notebook may include:
Lecture books are a type of notebook designed for the classroom. They're an ideal companion for your school, work, and university notetaking, ensuring that you have somewhere to reference for future assignments and tasks. Other things that make the lecture book an essential item include:
Subject Books are an enhanced notebook that allows you to streamline your school and university notetaking and assignments. They come with section dividers inside organising the pages into different sections, meaning you don’t need several notebooks for several subjects. Subject books often have:
Subject books come in 2 ,3, 4 or 5 subject formats, so you can choose the product that best suits the number of subjects they are studying.
Journals are for telling your own story. They can be used for recounting your day and writing out your thoughts. You can also use a journal to begin your health journey and to keep track of your wellbeing, or a bullet journal to organise your schedule and set goals. They usually come in compact sizes, making them easy to carry around. Other features include:
Graph pads and grid books are for your math and science classes, where you need to layout equations and draw graphs. They come in a variety of sizes including A4 and pocket types for taking notes, as well as A3 pads for laying out sums to present to your class or colleagues. Graph pads and grid books include:
Notepads are like notebooks but designed for far quicker notetaking. Instead of opening it like a book, the card cover flips up, so you can begin taking notes quickly. They come in both large, medium and pocket sizes, making them great for creating notes around the house, studying and doing assignments. The features of a notepad include:
The Scribzee App is designed for use with Oxford notebooks and lecture books. It allows you to scan and share written notes using your smartphone. You can collate, sort, share and email notes for organisational purposes, with it all being saved to an ultra-secure cloud. This means you can share lecture notes at school or university with classmates or share your bullet journaling process with friends.
Whether you need one to write down your dreams or notes for university, here’s what you need to consider when choosing a notebook or journal.
The size of your notebook or journal is one thing you need to consider before purchasing to make sure it suits your use.
Paper is measured by GSM (grams per square metre.) The higher the GSM, the less likely it becomes that your pen’s ink will flow through to the next page in your notebook or journal. With premium notebooks, you'll find the pages will often be 90-100 GSM, making it great for writing on both sides of the page and using your favourite fountain pen. But with your more standard notebooks and journals, you’ll be looking at a GSM of 50-80, best suited to writing on with your standard ballpoint pen.
Page layouts are important to consider, as it contributes to the format of your notetaking and writing. The most common layouts include:
Some subject books and combination books may contain two or more formats in the one book for variety
The cover of your notebook or journal is important because it can determine how hard-wearing your notebook is as well as your personal style. It’s something you’ll be looking at and using every day, so you’ll want something that suits your aesthetic and meets your protection standards. Things to consider about a notebook or journal cover include:
Notebooks and journals have different closure types that keep your pages protected. The most common type is a simple open and close like a typical book, but there are more premium options available so you can find the right preference for your needs. These include:
Some notebooks and journals also come with special features that enhance your experience and allow you to pair technology with your physical writing.
Officeworks offers a wide range of notebooks and journals that have been designed and manufactured with its environmental impact in mind. When browsing the range, you’ll notice notebooks and journals that have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), meaning that the construction of the books has been sourced from an FSC certified supplier, supporting healthy forests and protecting wildlife.
You’ll also find notebooks and journals supported by the Officeworks Restoring Australia initiative, where Officeworks will plant 2 trees for every 1 used, based on the weight of paper-based products customers purchase. This way, you can write out your thoughts, goals and study notes with peace of mind.