I thought long and (too) hard about which planner to use for next year. I’ve been using a Hobonichi Cousin planner for 4 years now (started in March 2014, then switched to January editions for 2015, 2016, and 2017) and was starting to have some wanderlust.
Golden Coil (brand new customizable option – and I do have one on order, but I think I’ll use it as a fancy notebook instead!)
Erin Condren (what I used before discovering Hobonichi)
Inkwell Press – love the graphics
Going full-on Bullet Journal (probably in a Nuuna notebook)
But the truth is, the Hobonichi has everything I want. And more! And the aesthetics of the pages please me so, so much – more than some of the more froufrou options above, even if they are pretty. I love the covers, love their online shop, love the toys and accessories, and just generally love the layout and contents of their planners.
I feel like the Hobonichi takes all of the flexibility of a Bullet Journal but doesn’t leave me having to spend hours draw a bunch of straight lines.
So I ordered 🙂
I did make one change: after years of using the much bigger Cousin, I downsized to a Techo, and even went with the Avec (2 volumes, one Jan-Jun and the other Jul-Dec)! My reasoning:
1) I really almost never fill the pages of the Cousin. My current layout has nutrition tracking on the bottom left which I am rather tired of doing. The bottom right often is empty or just feels like filler. I don’t really have anything else I need/want to track! I’d rather have full pages; it’s just more satisfying!
2) I want more portability
3) The Techo Avec can be used with a Weekly Insert which covers the entire year, eliminating the annoying problem of having to plan August events in June and having nowhere to do so
4) Less planner = more opportunity for auxiliary notebooks (i.e. for work notes, podcast planning, etc).
that enticing yellow box!
Contents, top row then bottom, left to right:
1) Weekly Insert (weekly calendar for entire year on the famous Tomoe River paper; this fits right into the planner cover)
2) Notebooks, grid-lined. These also fit in easily. (My current system, which is very David Allen (Getting Things Done)-inspired, involves keeping lists in one of these, which is tucked into the back of the cover for easy access.)
3) The Techo Avec planner books themselves. So compact!
4) 2 gorgeous washi tapes that I couldn’t resist (and that I have to hide from A or they will be gone in 5 minutes)
5) Memo roll – roll of neon yellow paper with a post-it-type backing. It’s wide enough to write quite a bit on. Love this and hadn’t bought it before!
6) Gorgeous and soft Imagine
cover. It is not necessary to buy a new cover every year (they hold up well!) but . . . so far I always have, plus this year I actually did need to due to switching to the smaller size. I love this one for both how it looks and how it feels!
7) Pen (always free with purchase) – a uniball Jetstream 3 that does work perfectly with the planner paper. This is the pen I use each year, usually requiring about 1 black refill halfway through. I almost never use the red or blue anymore – I prefer how it looks when the writing is all black + use other pens (mostly mildliner highlighters) for accent.
8) Dot stickers – these are translucent circles and nice for a little emphasis on dates when desired
9) Pencil board – I use this mostly as a ruler to draw lines for my layout each day as well as a bookmark
So there you have it! I hope I am not tooooo overwhelmed with baby #3 to give you some glimpses on how I will use this little delight come January. (I suspect I may be incorporating some baby sleep tracking + pumping logs).
ALSO if you are going to comment that you have no idea how someone can use a paper planner in this day and age, well . . . you do you. This works (quite well, if I do say so myself . . . ) for me. #paperforever