Photo by Adam Akhtar of

Photo by Adam Akhtar of

Adam Akhtar of Highfive has a great—albeit surprisingly simple—tip to add visual tags to your notebook or moleskin for organizing your notes. All it takes is your notebook and a pen:

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 [in the back]…

Now you’d go back to the first page where the [note] is and on the exact same line as the…label you just wrote you’d make a little mark on the right edge. You’d make this mark so that even when the notepad was closed the mark would be visible. After repeating this for various [notes] you’d now have various tags visible on the notebooks edge.

The process is very easy to use, and can be paired with other “hacks” for an added organizational boost (like using different colors for different topics). If you still use a physical notebook, this is one approach you’re definitely going to want to consider.


  • Charles Messinger

    Now I can use this trick on my old and full notebooks too, thanks!

    • tannerc

      Great idea Charles. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

      • Charles Messinger

        Success for you on Creative Something. 🙂

  • Danielle

    Loving this, though I’d double-check the spelling on “broccoli” 😉

    • highfiveblog

      The best lessons are always learnt the hard way. (adam from highfive)

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