If you are not a total geek, you will not understand this post at all. I am a certified office supply and planner junkie, always have been. I belong to several Facebook groups about planners, bullet journaling, pens…it is a little crazy, I know. A couple of weeks ago I saw a post about this Japanese planner, the Hobonichi. I was dying to get my hands on one, and finally caved and ordered one.
So yesterday my wait came to an end as my Hobonichi planner arrived from Japan!
I was really upset when I got this thing out of the box. I had really been expecting something more along the lines of my large Moleskine agenda, which is 5 x 8. Here it is on top of my 8.5 x 11 control journal…
This planner measures 4 x 6. One of the first things I noticed about it is the paper. In my Moleskine, my favorite markers, Flairs, bled through the paper. You can see a faint shadow through the Hobochini paper, but not enough to matter. My favorite pens, the Uniball Signo, do great on this paper as well.
I have already put a monogram sticker on the front in my favorite color, turquoise…
Inside the front cover, I used Washi tape to secure my keys.
The first part of the planner is the monthly calendars. The first one is in list form. I am using that for birthdays, anniversaries and yearly appointments, like doctor and dentist, and for repeating appointments like my hairdresser, manicure/pedicures, orthodontist, etc.
The next section is the monthly calendars. There is actually more space in the blocks than I thought there would be. There is also space on the side and bottoms of the calendar, which, since the month is almost over, I decorated with Washi tape. You can’t hold still for long around me, or I will put Washi tape on you!
The next section is the daily pages. A great feature is the blank page they have at the beginning of every month. I am using mine as a task chart, where I can store tasks by context.
I really like the way the daily pages are laid out. The left side has a time grid that you can do any way you want. I am still working mine out! You can just be simple about it, or you can make a grid or table. The right side of the page I am using for my daily tasks and bullet journaling. At the beginning of the day I am listing the tasks I need to get done at the top, and then adding stuff as I go along. At the end of the day I am processing my list just like in my Moleskine, either transferring to the next day, or to my monthly task grid. I have written the daily prompts from my monthly Project Life photo challenge at the top of each day.
All of the fears I had when I first got the planner have been allayed. The small size really doesn’t take away from the usefulness of the planner at all. If you were on the fence about ordering it like I was, go ahead and pull the trigger!
I am still working it out, but so far I am tickled with it!