Bullet Journaling in Hobonichi Weeks

By now there have been lots of articles and blog posts already written on the topic of bullet journaling. If you’re not yet familiar with bullet journals, first check out the following: the original Bullet Journal system by Ryder Caroll, a comprehensive starter on bullet journaling by Boho Berry, and a short and humorous guide to bullet journaling by Buzzfeed. Each link is set to open in a new tab, so you can either go read those first or refer to them later on. I’ve always wanted to try out the system; I’ve incorporated some elements of it in my previous planning spreads before.

The aim of this post is to show you how to bullet journal in a Hobonichi Weeks. Or rather, I’ll show you how I do my bullet journaling in mine and maybe you can take away some ideas to incorporate in your own.

As you may know, bullet journals comprise of several sections. The beauty of the bullet journal system is the flexibility; you have complete freedom on how you lay out your journal and its components. Using the Hobonichi Weeks in this manner provides a lot of shortcuts since the Weeks already has its own sections. Here’s the basic breakdown of my Hobonichi Weeks as a bullet journal:

  • Monthly calendar – future planning
  • Weekly view – events on the days of the week, weekly task list on the right notes page
  • Notes section – index, collections, daily log

Monthly calendar = Future planning

The monthly view is just what it says. I log a list of events and tasks that will happen months in the future. I refer to the monthly calendar at the start of each week to copy any events that is scheduled for that week into the corresponding weekly view. Having this system also gives me a month-at-a-glance view of my schedule. For events or tasks that don’t have specific dates, I list them at the bottom right of the monthly page so I can remember them during the month.

Weekly view = Weekly planning

The format of this section is simple: events on the left, tasks on the right. The tasks are unfortunately not specific to the days, which sometimes causes me some problems especially for time-sensitive tasks. To address that, I put deadlines on the left as well.

Notes section – Bullet journal

Here is where I consider the bulk of my bullet journal lies. The Hobonichi Weeks conveniently already comes with its notes pages numbered, and even kindly provides an index page.

I have decided to use a pair of facing pages for each week of the year. As I wanted to leave pages for my collections in the front, I started my daily log on page 19. However, since I started using this when the weekly pages started (November 28), this will only give me enough to last until week 22 of 2017. It’s not really a big deal, since I had already bought the supplementary Hobonichi Weeks notebooks which I plan to use when the notes pages run out. On the daily entries, I use the rapid logging system to mostly list down the things that happened during the day that I thought needs recording. I put my bullet legend on a sticky note that I just transfer to the current week.

After about six weeks of doing this, I find that the two-page spread is indeed enough for one week, with space to put some decorations should I wish it. I really like the look of decorated pages, so I do put in as much decorations as I feel could fit around the entries. I use a combination of pens, stickers, washi tape, and stamps for my decorating. Here is a sample of a completed decorated page, which usually matches the design of the weekly spread for that week.

Notes section – Collections

In the pages before the “daily pages” I put enough space for the collections that I want to keep for the year. A good example would be my wishlist (which I try to minimize as much as possible!) and my order tracker which gives me an idea of which packages are still pending and how long I wait for each to arrive.

My other collections include a 2017 Goals page, a book recommendation list, and a list of my TNs.

 

So far I feel that this system is working very well. The way I see it, the weekly pages tell me what I plan to do for the week while the bullet journal at the back tells me what happened during the week. The decorations keep me interested and look forward to each week, without making me feel like I need everything to be perfect. In fact, I do get a lot of mistakes in this book which I either just cross out with a red ink or use a correction tape. As the readings I linked say, the idea of a bullet journal is that it should be a tool that suits your purpose and its versatility is its strength. Take advantage of it and shape your bullet journal the way you like it!

 

Jaquie Ang Hobonichi Weeks Cover and Pocket TN

One (well, two) of my biggest splurges this year is a pair of custom pieces made by a local leather artisan called Jaquie Ang. After ogling her Instagram account for a while, I bit the bullet and got myself a matched Hobonichi Weeks cover and a pocket sized TN in her denim gray leather. As they were both customized according to my specifications, it took about six weeks to finish but I’m happy to have gotten it before Christmas. Let me show you the jewels of my collection.

The denim gray leather is extremely supple and pliable, just the way I like it. It’s also the type of leather that marks very easily; in fact, it arrived having scratches already and it’s beautiful! Let’s take a closer look at each one.


The one I really wanted to get was the Weeks cover. While I do like the red cover that I previously had, it was obviously bigger and wider than the Weeks. The one I requested fit the Weeks like a glove, and I specified that I wanted to have the cover in cover included in the fit. It didn’t come with an external closure because I wanted the option of it being just a sleeve. I made my own elastic closure in case I want to travel with the Weeks kept shut.


The insides were kept very simple, with two full length pockets on both sides and a small secretarial pocket on the front. The back pocket is the one that anchors the Weeks (cover on cover included), while the front full pocket holds my stickers and the tiny secretarial pocket holds my Hobonichi stencil. The design isn’t really groundbreaking, but it suits my purposes very well.

I also requested a built-in pen loop on the back cover, and specified the size of pens I wanted it to fit. The pen loop is sturdy, and does in fact fit the fattest pens I normally use (Coletos and the Hobonichi pen).


Since I was already ordering a custom piece, I decided to get myself a matching pocket TN to serve as my wallet. It uses the same incredibly supple denim gray leather, and this one did come with an external elastic (though I did change it to red when I set both up).


The interior is again made to my specifications. There are full length pockets on both sides, like the Weeks cover. The additional pockets are two credit card pockets in front and a large secretarial pocket in the back. Actually I didn’t order the full length pocket at the back, but Jaquie put it in for free for structural integrity because the leather as I mentioned is really pliable. 

The TN has six internal elastics because oftentimes I like to stuff my TNs, and because of that the spine came reinforced. At the moment I using only two of the elastics but I like having the extras for future need.

Overall I’m very very happy with these two. They did not come cheap, but I feel like I got my money’s worth on both if these pieces. Did I mention they smell wonderful? If you are interested in checking out Jaquie’s other work, you could find her on both Instagram and Facebook, just search for Jaquie Ang. 

Red Unbranded Weeks Cover

I really enjoy looking around stationery and bookstores for interesting things, and one of the these interesting things that I discovered is this very affordable standard size traveler’s notebook, which I turned into a cover for my Hobonichi Weeks. Why did I call it unbranded? It is because I could find zero traces of branding on the TN. It was actually advertised as a notepad holder, and it came with an actual notepad (mine has already been claimed by my daughter, so I couldn’t show it to you). What caught my eye is the color (a nice bright Christmassy red) and the weight (very light).

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I am pretty sure it is made of faux leather, but I have to say that the workmanship is pretty good. Let’s take a look at the outside first. On the cover is a weird blue-foiled sentence that says “Hello. I am your best friend I hope to make you dally life to be full of funny energy” which makes me think that the maker is not a native English speaker. The blue foiling is very pretty and contrasts well with the red material, but it is already beginning to fade in parts.

The elastic closure is very thick elastic, and is threaded with a metal plate stamped with “My First Step” which I thought was pretty cool. Except that it keeps wanting to turn over, and most of the time you cannot see the stamping anyway. I couldn’t figure out how to remove this metal plate without cutting off the cord, so I kept it on there as it doesn’t bother me too badly.

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The inside of the traveler’s notebook is the treasure! It comes with awesome stitched pockets! Before we focus on the pockets, I would just like to briefly point out that the TN comes with only a single elastic, and it is the same type of elastic as the outside one. As I am not actually using this as a TN, I just ignore this inside elastic. There is a felt-like fabric on the inside of the faux leather, and it is in a pleasing light blue shade that matches my Hobonichi pen.

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The left side of the cover has this interesting pocket configuration. There’s a smaller, credit-card-sized pocket on top (which I use to hold the elastic closure for the Weeks), a bigger pocket below that which I use to hold a stencil and several sticker sheets, and under all of that there is a full-length pocket that I use to hold even more sticker sheets. The shape of the pockets are very pretty and unique, and the stitching seems to be acceptable enough.

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The right side only has a full-length pocket to match the one on the left, and into this pocket I slide the back cover of the Weeks (cover on cover included!). As you can see here, there’s a small slit near the top of the pocket, where the notepad was intended to be slipped into. In here I just inserted a Weeks notebook, and there is just enough space to slide in a second pen by its clip. I also put in a small set of decorative sticky notes into the big pocket.

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Here is how it looks like when closed. The Hobonichi pen goes into the pen holder I have in the Weeks, and the Zebra Sarasa into the notepad holder, and they both seem to fit snugly into the overhang space.

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Here it is compared to my Blue Traveler’s Company TN. It pretty much has the same dimensions, although it will appear bulkier because of the pockets.

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The height is exactly the same.

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Actually the thickness doesn’t seem too different from this angle.

I’m very fortunate to discover this TN, and for the amazing price of only Php250! It’s a great Weeks cover, and I foresee using it until my custom Weeks cover arrives in December.

 

Hobonichi Weeks 2017 – Meow Meow Meow

A few weeks ago I wrote about having a planning dilemma of choosing between the Hobonichi Weeks and a pocket sized planner for my 2017 planning. I had been sorely tempted with a particular Weeks, the Meow Meow Meow, purely because it has cats. The more I read up about it and watched people’s Hobonichi unboxings, the more I became convinced that I had to have it. In addition I had moved back to the Weeks after a few weeks using a pocket planner, and found that I really liked the idea of having a single bound (but portable!) volume for the whole year.

When Crafty Lane opened another preorder batch, I finally decided to jump on it and order the Weeks. My package arrived about a couple of weeks ago, and I feel like I had made a good decision.

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Here is the Meow Meow Meow Weeks. It is undoubtedly pink, on the side of soft pink, with the cats embroidered on it. The cover feels very much like fabric, and compared to my 2016 Weeks it is a little bit more of a soft-cover book.

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Here is a close up of the cats. The fabric pattern is more apparent here. I really like the effect of the embroidery, and the cats are adorable. The fabric does feel like it would get dirty easily and show it in a very obvious manner, compared to the darker colored and more sturdy surface of my 2016 Weeks, which means it absolutely requires a cover.

I did already write about the innards of my 2016 Weeks, but I wanted to show what differs with the 2017 version and what I plan to use each feature for.

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The first spread after the cover is the 3-year overview. There really isn’t any difference with the 2016 version.

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The next spread is the year-on-two-pages, where each day of the year gets a tiny little box. I am not sure what I’ll use this feature for yet, but it seems to be made for some sort of tracking. Again, nothing is different here between 2016 and 2017.

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We come to the monthly views next, which spans December 2016 to March 2018. The only difference here is that the Sunday boxes have been increased by one column so that all days of the week are sized the same. It’s a small but definitely positive change. I am probably going to use this the same way, which is to record appointments so I have a visual overview of them.

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After the monthly views we come immediately to the weekly views, which comprise about half of the whole book. It starts on the first week of December, which means I can start using the Meow Meow Meow as early as November 28, 2016 (I’m so excited!), and if I’m not mistaken it goes all the way to the last week of December 2017. The biggest and most annoying change that happened with the 2017 Weeks is on the weekly spread, and that is the removal of the three lines at the bottom of the days of the week on the left hand side of the spread and was replaced with a two-page spread of the Japanese quotes. I used to put motivational phrases there, or something I really wanted to remember for that week. Now, it’s a whole five rows of unusable space, and I need to think of a way to reclaim it.

The main body of the weekly view will be used the same way as I do now, which is appointments on the left and task manager on the right. It’s working really well, so I see no reason to change it.

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After the weekly pages, we come to the bulk of the other half of the whole book: the Notes pages. We still get the index in front, and you can see here that a page has been added and now we get a total of 72 pages of notes (compared to the 71 pages of 2016). Extra pages are always welcome! There’s quite a lot of things I’m planning for this section, and it deserves its own post, but the main block of it will be used for bullet journaling.

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There are still a few pages of informational stuff after the notes pages, but they are all written in Japanese. I did appreciate this particular one, which is all about cats and dogs. I’d have a lot of fun figuring out what it’s saying, and it’ll be good Nihongo practice for me.

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Towards the end of the book we come to the address pages, which had been reduced to a single page; the 2016 one had four pages. I do understand why this change was done, as I imagine a lot of people had turned to their phones to record their contacts. I do use these pages though, for doctors’ information. I still get space for six contacts, so that may be enough for my needs.

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Lastly we come to the information page and the serial number for my particular book. Nothing has changed here between the years.

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The Weeks itself came with the sticky pocket which I think is really essential, so I’m happy they did not change this. Since this is the first time I’m using the Weeks from the beginning of the year, I also get to receive the railway map and the Life Book flyer. I forgot to include it in the photos here, but the Weeks also came with a Uni Jetstream multipen in powder blue. It turns out to be a good writer even for a ballpoint, so I’m quite pleased by this inclusion.

The changes in the 2017 Weeks are a combination of good and bad, and while the loss of the bottom section in the weekly spreads are quite substantial I think it’s not a deal breaker for me. The rest of the features have been maintained, and that is the one I really care about. Overall I still feel like I’ve found planner peace with the Hobonichi Weeks, so I am quite satisfied with my purchase.

Are you also using Hobonichi Weeks for 2017? I’d love to know how you plan to use it!

 

Cristina Gomes Burgundy Personal TN

One of the new TN makers I’ve been following in Instagram and Facebook groups is Cristina Gomes. She is from Portugal and makes the TNs herself. I fell in love with her Burgundy leather, and decided to get one in personal size, to serve as my wallet with my Hobonichi Weeks. There was a bit of a wait since she cuts and assembles the TN after each order, and of course there’s the standard shipping wait.

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The TN arrived and I had to find the time to come pick it up from the post office. I could barely stand knowing it’s here and I couldn’t pick it up! Finally I got it in my hands! The Burgundy is such a wonderful leather, deep dark red and almost brown really. It was stiff, especially with the pockets, but it feels like it will soften in time. It is also the kind of leather that keeps dings and marks, although it can be rubbed out slightly.

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I immediately set it up with my Weeks and I was relieved that it fit! I also blinged it out with some charms.

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There’s a look at the entire outside. As you can see the leather already has quite a lot of scratches. It came with black elastics as I had requested. Cristina’s logo is stamped unobtrusively on the back.

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The front has a series of seven card pockets, with a larger full-length pocket behind it. This is primarily what makes this side of the TN stiff, since there’s a lot of layers of leather here. The presence of the cards makes it even stiffer, but I’m not really bothered by that. The TN also has four inner elastics. I strung the Weeks on the back two, and the wallet/card insert on the frontmost. At the time that these photos are taken I did not yet have a personal sized wallet insert, so I made do with a pocket sized.

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The back of the TN featured a simple secretarial pocket, which is great for quick-access stuff such as cash. The pen loop is also attached here with the same stitching. The pen loop is very generous and can take really fat pens. Perhaps my only issue here is that the leather is a little bit too thick and some clips have difficulty gripping it. The Pilot Metropolitan as shown here luckily has a strong grip and manages well in the pen loop.

Overall I’m very pleased with the Cristina Gomes Burgundy Personal TN. It’s very well-made, reasonably priced, and the leather is beautiful! If you want to find out more about her other works, check out her Instagram.

 

Planning Dilemma: Hobonichi Weeks Vs Pocket Planning

I am honestly having a lot of trouble with my planning system right now, and not because it’s not working. It actually works! I find that I work best with a weekly view, with the days of the week on one side and a notes page on the opposite side. My dilemma is as follows: I am a huge fan of Hobonichi Weeks, and I’ve found a great planning system with its weekly views and the other features of the planner. In fact, I was able to spend about five months of continuous planning in it.

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On the other hand, I have recently discovered that I work just as well with the pocket size version of the Hobonichi Weeks. And by this I mean the weekly planner insert of CN Papercrafts works really well for me. As long as I have an accompanying bullet journal to help document my days, I can use with the smaller amount of space for my day to day planning needs.

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Now that the 2017 release of Hobonichi has come out, I am starting to again think that the Weeks is the planner for me. The moment I saw the Meow Meow Meow Weeks, I felt a really huge pull to get it (the cats were such a tease too!). To make things even harder for me (or easier, depends on how you look at it), there are several merchants who offer preorder service so I don’t really even have to mess with customs or post office. Perhaps the only disadvantage of this is the relatively steep price of the Weeks to begin with. It’s really quite the investment.

Image credits: 1101.com
Image credits: 1101.com

On the other hand again, I have a tremendous amount of pocket TNs that will remain unused. For the most part, I only have one in active use; maybe two at most, if I am feeling a lot of writing mojo. If I used the pocket size weekly planner insert as my main planner, then I would be able to really put into use my pocket TNs and it would justify the original purchase of them instead of just sitting pretty on the shelf. At least this way too, I don’t have to shell out a huge amount of money for planning for next year, since my current insert can handle 7 months already. If I really stretch, I could even use up my pocket insert stash and hand-draw the weekly layouts myself!

Pocket TNs, charms, and a lone fountain pen

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I’m not really sure what I should do! What do you think?

 

Sunday Leather Craft Custom Hobonichi Weeks Cover

While I was quite content with my SLC TN Wallet, there was still the fact that I carried my planner (Hobonichi Weeks) separately. I still felt that my setup could be improved, and it was either I changed my planner into a pocket sized insert or get a cover for the Hobonichi Weeks that could also function as wallet. Hobonichi Weeks was working quite well for me for a few months now, and I was unwilling to change it while it was still working. That left finding the right cover that could work with my Weeks. Unfortunately none of the existing Weeks covers were made to also be a wallet, or I didn’t feel like they would work for me. There was only one solution I could see: commission one!

Sunday Leather Craft was of course my favored leather artisan, and I felt that they could make me the perfect Hobonichi Weeks cover that I desired. I sent them a rough design, and emphasized that it was to be the cover for my Weeks, and waited for them to perform their magic. And my custom Hobonichi Weeks cover is born!

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It is made of this luscious dark brown leather that looks almost black, and stitched with a lighter brown thread for contrast. The closing elastic is black. This is such a wonderfully professional looking package that went beyond my expectations!

And yes, one of my cats immediately made his/her mark on it. As I mentioned several times, I don’t actually mind this and I feel that those marks makes this piece really mine.

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The cover is pretty big, much bigger than I expected. I was afraid I would immediately hate it because of that, as I do prefer smaller packages! The whole thing is just one awesome cover that I can’t help but fall in love with it!

Let’s take a look inside!

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Card pockets galore!

One of the first requirements I had was that it needed to hold all the cards that I bring everyday. On the front flap there are four vertically-oriented card pockets and one ID pocket with a window. All the inside parts are made of a smooth brown leather that matches the interior of the dark brown cover.

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Right underneath the card pockets is a secretarial pocket where I keep my bills. This can also be used to hold boarding passes when traveling. Under that is a full-length pocket that is quite roomy, and I currently use this to hold my miscellaneous papers (medicine prescriptions, the odd receipt, bandaids, promo cards and discount vouchers).

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More card pockets!

Over on the back flap I have another seven card slots, now oriented horizontally, bringing my total to 11 card slots plus one ID pocket in my custom Hobonichi Weeks cover. By the by, each of these pockets is loose enough to hold two cards each. Under this row of card slots there is a full-length pocket which I slide in my Weeks. It fits perfectly!

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And here’s the most amazing part: under that is a gusseted full-length pocket that can hold anything from a small book or my cellphone or even the actual Weeks! I don’t use this pocket most of the time, especially when I’m perusing the planner on a desk, but when out and about this is a great secure place to carry my phone. I don’t actually need to bring my purse on short errands with this around!

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Here is the whole of the cover laid flat. Beautiful piece! I am in love!

This cover cannot be considered a traveler’s notebook, because the inner elastics are not present. I suppose I could have specified that feature to be added, but I specifically wanted this to be for my Weeks. Without the Weeks, this works quite well as a travel wallet. Perhaps the only thing I forgot to request is a penloop, but it’s not a deal-breaker for me. You could also point out that this does not have any way to store coins, but again it’s not really a deal-breaker since I don’t like carrying coins around anyway. In an emergency, the gusseted pocket can temporarily hold the coins. This is my most expensive SLC piece to date, and rightly so!

Kudos again to Sunday Leather Craft for a wonderful masterpiece!

 

After 3 Months of Hobonichi Weeks

In my last Hobonichi Weeks post, I showed how I used the Weeks for planning. I’m now in my fourth month of using the Weeks as my main work and personal planner, and so far it seems to be working well. I wanted to update you on how I am using the various sections after three months of planning with the Weeks.

Monthly View

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I use the monthly view in much the same way as I did for these three months. I just write in notable events or major meetings on the boxes. The list boxes on the lower right side holds my monthly tasks or goals. The circles mark the days when I was able to avoid spending money on hobby stuff (notebooks, TNs, stickers, washi, pens). I am almost out of these nice transparent circle stickers, hence the hodgepodge of colors used in this month. Lastly, I still have not found any use for the left margin.

Weekly View

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Nothing has changed much in my use of the weekly pages. The left side holds my events and meetings as well as my coffee and meal trackers, while the right side holds my task list (squares) and bullet journal (circles). I added reminders on both the bottom of the left side and the top of the right side, although on most weeks it does not really help me remember and I need a better way to highlight these areas.

Brain Dump

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A new section had come up suddenly, the Brain Dump section, and it went into the blank pages before April. I don’t really brain dump everyday, but I do this whenever I feel particularly disorganized at work. In a future Weeks book this will probably be transferred to the Notes pages at the end of the book.

Wishlist

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In the hopes of controlling my spending, I dedicated a page in the Notes area to be my wishlist.

Snail Mail

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Lastly, I added another page to be my Snail Mail tracker. This is where I try to keep track of which penpals I have not yet replied to, so I know how much behind I am with my correspondences.

At this point in my Weeks use, I feel like I really may have found my planner peace. I love how compact and light the Weeks is, and how tolerant the paper is to most gel pens and fountain pens. At the beginning of the second half of the year, I feel pretty confident that I will be staying with the Weeks for planning my 2017.

 

Planning in Hobonichi Weeks

A few weeks ago I previewed the Hobonichi Weeks which I got secondhand from a local planner group. I got this on the 4th of April, and immediately moved into it the next day, so I have already been using it for about a month and a half now. Let me show you how I’ve been using it for the month of April.

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The monthly view is mainly used for tracking appointments. This gives me a good view of the whole month and immediately see where I have some free spots for setting more appointments or events. I also use this month to track my no-spend, where I put a translucent circle sticker for the days I did not buy things on my no-spend list, and list what I bought if I failed. April had been a sad month for that, with a lot of days of weakness. The bottom area of the page is used to track monthly goals or reminders, as well as a very short wishlist.

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Most of the weekly views will be the same. The horizontal days on the left page are used to track appointments and major reminders, and I use the right page/grid notes page for my to-do lists. I put each day’s to-do list roughly in the corresponding horizontal area as the days on the left. If my lists are running too long, I make a second column and go from there. I rarely go beyond the twelve slots for each day.

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Sometimes I use sticky notes for lists that are not part of the to-do list. The idea being I can remove this list later on if I so choose.

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I also use the notes page for keeping track of some events that I want to remember. To distinguish between my to-do list items and the memory keeping, I use check boxes for the to-do list and tiny circles for events.

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I have also started using highlighters to mark unfinished items that need to be transferred to the next week’s lists. This makes it easier for me to spot unfinished items when I do my week’s initial planning on Mondays. I also do use correction tape if I make mistakes.

Overall I’m quite pleased with my current planning system with the Hobonichi Weeks. The fact that the Weeks is super light actually makes it easier for me to keep it in my purse, and I am able to refer to it at times. It helps that I have a lot of extra pages to play with, so I can keep notes and other lists with me as well. The only thing I may have some issues with is the fact that I am using only one color of pen, and this is only because I am choosing to use a fountain pen instead of the Pilot Coleto to do my planning. It is a trade-off I’m willing to take for now.

 

Hobonichi Weeks

On Instagram a few weeks back I teased about a new planner I was testing, and it’s the Hobonichi Weeks! One of my main issues with the Hobonichi Techo A6 is the fact that it can be on the heavy and thick side, especially if I use a leather cover. This weight and bulk keeps me from having it in my daily carry, but I still would like to have my daily planner in my EDC. I decided to go for the Weeks, since I read that it was much much lighter yet would still have the Tomoe River paper goodness that I like. Originally I was just planning to stick with the A6 and have it as a sort of desk planner instead of an EDC planner, and maybe switch over to the Avec version (the A6 split into two books basically) next year. Then I wondered if that might be a mistake, and I wanted to try out the Weeks anyway. I figured I’ll see if I can find someone selling their Weeks secondhand.

Luckily there was a girl willing to sell hers for a fair price. She had only used up to February and some of the note paper at the back, so it was still quite usable. It was a blue Weeks and came with a leather cover (made by Sunday Leather Craft actually!), but I wanted to use it on its own. I found out that I needed some sort of cover to have a penloop though, so I went and bought the Weeks Cover on Cover from Crafty Lane. This cover is super lightweight and barely made a dent in the weight of the planner.

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The cover of the Weeks is actually quite stiff, almost hardcover compared to the A6. It works out quite nicely, since I would technically not need any additional covers to protect the planner. The Weeks came with this corner sticker already attached (by its previous owner), which was not so bad as I can slip in a few sticker sheets. The Cover on Cover also had a small pocket in front, where I put a card.

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The first page is the yearly view of three years, from 2015 to 2017. There is barely any room to write here, so this is just for a reference for the years I think. There is a list of holidays on the bottom of the left page, but it’s in Japanese.

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There is supposed to be a year-at-a-glance page that comes after but there’s already some writing from the previous owner, so unfortunately I will not be able to use that. The next few pages are the month-at-a-glance views that goes up to March 2017. There is quite ample writing space here for appointments and reminders, and even more space at the side and bottom for notes. I really like the fact that the week starts on a Monday.

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The pages that come after the monthly views are the meat of the planner: the weekly views. The layout is basically a week-on-one-page horizontal with a notes page opposite the week. This is a little different than what I’m used to, and I needed to adjust how I lay out my task-based planning when I moved into this planner. I will show details of how I plan with the Weeks in another post, but basically I use the Wo1P for appointments and the notes page for my to-do list.

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The weekly pages unfortunately ends abruptly at the last week of the year, so I cannot use this beyond January 1, 2017. Right after the weekly pages we get to the start of the Note pages. The left hand side is a list of writing shortcuts and abbreviations with space to put your own at the bottom, and the right hand side is a table of contents for the Note pages. As you can see, there are 71 note pages total. I had to use correction tape on the first two lines that the previous owner had used.

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The previous owner actually used many pages of the Note area, and what I did was to glue them all together. This way I would be able to go straight to the first available page (14) where I started using the Note pages. Page 13 was actually used, but I didn’t want to glue it down and leave Page 14 unused, which seemed like a waste of paper. Instead I just used Page 13 to hold a few sheets of Post Its. Did I mention that this is still all Tomoe River paper?

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Right after quite a good amount of Note pages, we go into some of the extra pages that Hobonichi likes to throw in at the end. Unfortunately they are all in Japanese, and I could only read very basic Japanese and could not understand these.

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There are four pages of address book right near the end.

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The last page is of course the information page. Again I had to use correction tape to erase the previous owner’s data and put mine in. You can also see the unique product code of this particular Weeks at the bottom right.

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The back of the cover on cover, which I forgot to photograph, has a small secretarial pocket where I slip in a stencil. The penloop is also attached to the back, and I think this is probably the most important component of the cover on cover. It’s a nice, non elasticated plastic penloop that has ample room that can fit pens the size of the Platinum Preppy and maybe even a tad fatter.

In conclusion, after about a month of use, I have gotten the hang of planning with the Weeks. More importantly, I am able to keep it with me in my purse all the time because of the smaller weight. I am very happy with it at the moment, and hopefully I will remain happy with it until the end of the year.