"planner peace?" - part 2 of my journey with a Hobonichi planner

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Well, when you read "planner peace - part 2" you might think, oh, wait, what was part 1 and how come that she needs to write about planner peace again? Did she not find planner peace in the end?

In part 1 I was writing about finding planner peace with my Hobonichi Techo in size A6. And while I absolutely love these Hobonichi planners because of their lovely paper I have found out that the setup with the A6 size is not really working out for me.

Here is a short recap of my A6 set up:

  • my A6 Hobo with monthly and daily pages, the monthly for my appointments, the dailies for my private to-dos and journaling

  • the weeklies, a separate small book with weekly overviews, for my to-dos for my shops

  • three small A6 notebooks for my trackers

  • all together in a zipper bound cover

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In addition to my A6 planner I had a separate notebook in A5 for any scribbling during the day, to jot down ideas and some information.

While this sounded fine in the beginning and worked for a few weeks I soon found myself not doing my tasks and I was wondering why....

I was looking at my Hobo and suddenly realized that I can only see one page of my planner because, no wonder, you open it up and see only one page (or one double page with two days)! But I only saw either my private tasks or my shop tasks and I was constantly flipping back and forth. Or I did not open up my weeklies at all, so I did not see my shop task list. Or both were open but buried beneath each other because the space on my desk is limited and the A5 notebook was there as well, and again, I did not see both of my task lists at the same time.

This needed to stop because I need to see all my tasks on one page so that I do not forget about them!

I was sitting there and was trying to find a solution and thought: you need to have everything in one book and everything on one page! And one book means as well a place to write down any notes!

....... well, how do you do that with an A6 sized bound book? The answer is: you can`t!!

As I wanted to stay with Hobonichi planners I ordered the Hobonichi Cousin planner in A5 as I realized that the A6 planner is just to small to fit everything on one page. But I definitely wanted to stay with Hobonichi because of the paper and the layout. The A5 arrived and I finally had all in one book.

The monthly overviews for appointments, the daily pages for my tasks and daily journaling. On top of each daily page I wrote down my private and shop tasks and on the lower half my daily journaling. I do not use the weekly overviews right now, but who knows, maybe I have have an idea for their usage later on.

At around the same time that I have ordered my A5 Hobonichi planner I found out about the discbound notebooks of William Hannah in UK. Leatherbound with stainless steel discs, in very nice colors and customizable, in A5 size. It did not take long and my new WH in black and crimson with dividers and paper arrived and I used it for my daily note taking.