I loved hearing about all of your hybrid planning systems! I read every comment and I am going to read them again.
(My fascination with planning knows no bounds and right now it is just a fun hobby/thing to think about that has nothing to do with what is actually going on on in the world. And for right now, that feels healthy.)
HOWEVER I have a slightly ridiculous confession. After overthinking this (and believe it or not, I am not usually an overthinker!), I . . .
I ordered a Hobonichi Techo Cousin 2020 April Start.
The thing is, I had planner peace for years. And the FFP has been fun (and I’m going to use it probably for another month, because the HTC won’t arrive until mid-May). But even though I do plan to embrace electronic methods more than I already have, I really REALLY miss a good strong weekly view. I like my weekly task list to live there, I like the visual aspect for time blocking, and I just generally feel slightly lost without it.
I thought about it (and thought about it!) and even considered an Erin Condren ( <– affiliate link) hourly — the new designs are absolutely beautiful and the hourly layout looks lovely for time blocking AND task management (lovely detailed Youtube review here). But . . . no daily pages. And I don’t want to wait until July to start! Maybe next year I will experiment with some kind of hybrid EC/bujo/electronic system.
But right now? I just want my Hobonichi layouts back but without all the writing already in there referring to 9834 meetings / trips / etc that aren’t happening. I recognize that is probably a little OCPD of me, but oh well. April start is coming, and I will somehow repurpose the old one and find a way to use the pages for Jan-Mar 2021 because I am sure I will want to start fresh in January.
Also, perhaps I have learned a lesson about the downsides of overeager forward planning for the year. I don’t know that I’ll ever do that again — at least not in ink on the weekly AND monthly pages 🙂
Cal’s Follow Up:
You can check it out on his blog, but here was the (brief) comment chat for reference:
Well. I am not totally satisfied, but perhaps he will elaborate in the future. Of note, his 3 children are very close in ages to mine so in theory I know what the atmosphere would be like. I tried to plant a seed . . .
And a (male) commenter agreed!
I know it’s not the focus of his blog, but it’s not a trivial point either. (Note: not going to put it in the body of this post, but there is a fairly priceless comment from OMDG in yesterday‘s comment section. All speculative of course!)
TODAY is a hybrid of sorts too — pod/life related stuff in the AM (also helping w/ school) and work in the PM. I divided my required day off into two halves. I am hoping that by the end of the week my work to-do list will feel under control again.