Wednesday 3 September 2014

How to start a notebook: curing notebook stage fright

Have a look at this:

This is the first page of a brand new notebook. Do you find it inviting? Do you want to start writing something in it straight away? Or do you find yourself unable quite to ruin the sanctity of the untouched book, worried that what you write won’t be good enough or that a mistake on the first page will ruin the entire book? If you fall into the latter camp, you’re experiencing what I call “notebook stage fright”. It’s why people sometimes have shelves filled with notebooks they cannot bring themselves to sully by using them. 

Well, here’s a way to get past that. On the first page, the perfect, blank page you’ve been so worried about ruining, write your notebook’s mission statement. It might look like this:

Draft your own version first on scrap paper if you like, before copying it into your notebook. Then you’ll find it a piece of cake to just get going because you’ll have broken the book in and given yourself and it permission to work together.

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