It’s almost that time of year again to shop around for a new planner! I always enjoy the annual the calendar and planner display at Eslite (Xinyi Branch)~ it’s a well-organized and inspiring place to discover what’s new in the field.
There are so many colorful and tempting options this year! In addition to the Taiwanese brands, there are also many different imported planners from around the world.
The displays at Eslite also have good examples of how to incorporate washi tape and post-it notes to brighten up an otherwise staid calendar. (Seriously, I never thought to use my washi tapes vertically. Or to cut them in half)
However, despite all the colorful temptations, for my yearly planner, my preferred planner is the Hobonichi Techo, English edition. I’ve been using this planner for the past three years, and I’ve been very happy with the format and size. It is the A6 size, with a January start. For this post, I thought I would give you a quick peek into how I use my planner, and a quick look at the 2018 edition.
Looking back, I realize that I have just wholeheartedly incorporated this planner into my daily life. I’m not especially neat or meticulous. My main goal is to write everything I need to remember down! So my handwriting is usually not particularly careful, and I don’t usually color coordinate. But the structure and format of the Hobonichi makes it look like there is some method to my madness. Towards the beginning of the book, there are monthly overviews for January until March of next year.
In the monthly overview ~ I pen in important meetings and events here as soon as I find out, along with the time. I list the location and other details on the daily pages. This is also a great spot for me to list travel plans and fun social events, so I can look forward to them.
At the start of each month, there is a lined page. I use this page to list the goals I have for this month. One of my favorite features of the Hobonichi is that there is one entire page devoted to each day. Yes, even for the weekends!
Example of some of the daily pages ~ when I first started using the Hobo planners, I would divide up the pages into four quadrants. That method soon fell to the wayside. Now I just write everything down in list form. I try to keep the important items listed toward the top of the page, and more errand-like activities towards the bottom.
If the day is especially crazy, then I use post-it’s to get a bit more mileage out of each page. I used to hoard all my favorite stickers and post-its, but this year I decided to go all out and use them with enthusiasm.
According to the Hobonichi official website, for 2018, there are some small modifications to the English version of the Techo.. The grids on the graph paper have been slightly increased to 4 mm. There are also some changes to the format of the time line, and the days are labeled with the consecutive week of the year (1-52). In addition, there are some additional informational pages in the back.
I used the Weeks as a personal diary~ I found that the space was just enough for me to write a few sentences each day. This year, I am planning on upgrading to a new product~ the 5 year journal. The 5 year journal is a new Hobonichi product, and you can see all the details on their website here. From the pictures on their website, it looks like the book will be roughly about the same size as the Techo. According to the sample pages on their website, it also looks like the format is one daily page, split into 5 years, on graph paper.
If you would like more information, or if you want to order a Hobonichi of your own, then please check out their website here: https://www.1101.com/store/techo/en/ They will be available for order on December 1st. I can’t wait!
(This was not a sponsored post. I paid for all items shown here with my own money. All experiences and opinions are my own).