Planners: What am I using in 2019?

As much as I loved my Hobonichi I’ve used in 2018. I didn’t want to continue using it for 2019. The main reason was because of the price, at £40 I thought it was quite pricey to repurchase. Another reason was that I own two very beautiful Van der Spek planners, that I have not used at all this year. It was too much of a shame to leave them standing on the shelf. So I knew I wanted to go back to rings and use them.

Thinking over my Hobonichi I wanted to think what I liked about the planner and perhaps what I didn’t like. I decided that:

I loved:

  • The paper, Tomoe River Paper is divine.
  • I liked that everything was printed and bound, so it was there. I didn’t have to print anything out.
  • I liked the monthly layout.
  • The compact nature. Fit in some pockets, very simple to just take without a bag.
  • I loved the cover I had for it by Oberon Designs.

I didn’t like:

  • The lack of a weekly layout in the A6.
  • That I couldn’t use my VdS Planners.
  • The daily page, I tried to write every day as a journal. I liked that I could jot simple things and come back to it later, but the last two months or so I’ve ended up with a bit of a backlog. That’s more my fault. But I hated the waste of pages if I didn’t go back in and fill them. I also thought it was wasteful if I didn’t fill the page in.
  • Monthly overview at the start of each month, didn’t really use it.

So the solution. I went into a VdS. As much as I loved Tomoe River paper, I already had a6 paper cut so I used that. I designed my own inserts on Publisher, but they have a heavy influence from the Hobonichi. My pages include:

  • 2019 yearly overview. No real reason why I have this. I don’t really use it. But I thought it was better than a blank page, as I needed the other side of the page to be part of the monthly spread.
  • The monthly spread.
    This is very Hobonichi. 8 columns. One column for each of the days of the week and the final column is blank. I will probably use that for monthly tasks or tracking orders. These pages go until December 2019.
  • 2020 yearly overview. Again same reason as the 2019 yearly overview, just to fill in a page.
  • Dates for 2020. I needed again to fill in a front page which would have otherwise been blank. I merged the four columns into so it’s a grided page, with the border around it so it matches in with the other pages. It’s just got the heading and it’s very plain so I can just write dates in I need it.
  • Weekly layout.

    This is the same layout as the monthly spread. It has 8 columns. One for each day, the 8th column is to balance it out so it’s equal for the two pages. If I am honest I don’t know what I am going to use the 8th column for. Could be used meal ideas, tracking water or exercise. Maybe some crafting ideas. What I also like about my weekly layout is I didn’t put the 31st December on the first Monday. It probably seems weird to everyone else, but I don’t like putting last year into my planner, even if it is 2018. The solution would be to have the year start on a Monday, but that’s so rare. So my first column just says happy new year. What’s important for me is that they are already printed out. So I have the whole year done. That’s what I liked about the Hobonichi, it was already done. So having done it now makes it less of a chore next year. The last page goes up to Tuesday 31st December and merged the last two columns to make a section for reflection on the year. Although it doesn’t have a complete week, that will go into a new planner.

I’m excited for 2019 to start using this. Yet there is a problem with it. A VdS planner is very bulky and I know that there are going to be times I don’t want to carry it around. I also didn’t want to waste my beautiful Oberon Design cover, which once the Hobonichi is used up, it probably wouldn’t be used anymore. I decided to use blank paper, hole punched and glued to a cardboard back. This will slot into the cover and I’ll use that for journalling, writing notes to people so I can ripe them off and leave them. This can fit in my pocket, I can copy notes from my planner into this and then copy information back.

Please excuse the poor lighting in my photos. Autumn decided to come!

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Planning: Update on what I am currently using.

I’m still in a Hobonichi and I really like using it. I love the compact nature of it. I love that it is fountain pen friendly. I love the colour sheen I can get with some of my fountain pen inks. It’s not completely perfect and so I’ll be changing it in 2019, there will be another post on that soon.

Selling Planners: To do or do not?

I have some Filofaxes I no longer use, some of them are not worth reselling if I am honest and I wouldn’t expect a lot of money for them but there are one or two which I think would be worth me selling and using the money for other things.

However, I am very much aware of the horror stories of selling things and I am reluctant to sell. I’ve written a blog post before about the topic: Buying and Selling Planners: What you need to know!

They are just sitting gathering dust on a bookshelf and I am eager to declutter a little. Do I attempt to sell them and take any negatives as par for the course and to be expected? Should I pack them up and send them to a local charity shop, where they just might throw them away? Should I just throw them away? Or shall they remain, forever on the shelf? Waiting for me to make some sort of decision at a later date.

A6: The Rant

I love A6, measurements of 150mm x 105mm – half of A5 size. It’s my preferred writing size…well other than a5 for letters but for Filofax (even though they do not do it in that size, I actually use a widened VdS senior) it’s an A6, but…

What is up with retailers jumping to the A6 label and banjaxing it? If it’s not Filofax personal (171mm x 95mm) being labelled as A6 size, it’s places selling A6 pocket notebooks, like Leuchtturm or Moleskin, selling Pocket A6 (150mm x 90mm). Even Rhodia, paper which I very much like sells an A6, which is there no.13 which although true to size in it’s actually bought state, it is smaller when it is teared. Their oversized a6 pad, no. 14, is 110 x 170mm before it is teared but once teared leaves you with a 150mm height of a6, but it is too wide, at 110 mm. Now Steve at Philofaxy has suggested methods for cutting down, but that is effort. I don’t actually mind the extra half a cm, when I am using it in a ring-bound planner, because it helps to compensate for the paper that is taken over but the rings, but it is annoying to half different widths of paper in a planner.

I am still loving my Hobonichi and I have some great printed a6 pages (I should really do a review on the company I bought them from…)

I just wish it was easier to find true A6 paper sizes. Do you have any recommendations for a true A6 bound notebook? If so please leave your suggestions in the comments section.

Dictionary:

Banjax (verb) meaning to: ruin, incapacitate, or break. It is an Anglo-Irish saying, from around the 1930s, of unknown origin. I love the word and it is fairly common in my household to say it, but I come from an Irish family. I’ve used to word in the past and people are not always aware of it.

Design your dream planner?

Van der Spek has launched a competition to design your dream planner. They will pick their favourite design and you’ll get to win your creation!

Sounds like a dream doesn’t it? I couldn’t resist drawing my own design and submitting it. You can see my design below. For me being able to flip through my pages and have a third section on view to be able to write was important.

I made a slight mistake in my design – the notepad on the closed view should be the other side of the ringed pages.

DreamPlanner

You can check out other entries as well as the rules for entering here.

Why not have a go yourself? You have until the 13th February to design and submit your entry. Winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day – for the lucky person to be united with their dream companion!

Good luck and have some fun designing!

So where did the rings go?

About two weeks ago I posted about a shocking turn of events in my planning system. It’s a book…without rings. Scary! In fact, it is a Hobonichi Techo – which is a6 size. So it is the same sized paper as I am currently using but it is in a bound book…without rings. I’m still getting used to the last part. So why did I change?

Well of late I have stopped using regular pens and now solely only use fountain pens to write with – and a pencil sometimes. The Hobonichi is made out of Tomoe River paper, which is vastly regarded as the most recommended paper to use fountain pens on. It is extremely thin, imagine bible paper thin, but it is very resistant to the ink – so it doesn’t soak it up like most papers. This means that inks that have a sheen to them (inks they almost appear to be two colours) will show more of their sheen on tomoe river paper compared to regular paper.

Next, I wanted a change this year. Whilst I liked the inserts I currently use I sometimes struggle to keep up to date with printing them…and the thought of doing that in one big patch at the start of the year sounded horrible. Plus I wanted Tomoe River paper and I suspected that wouldn’t be the easiest paper to print on so I decided to buy a planner already printed on Tomoe River paper.

I’m still trying to figure out how I am going to set it up and I am impatiently waiting for the start of the new year when I can start using it. I will write in more detail when I have figured it all out…