In my last post, I revealed that I was appointed to the Board at Musea. Also that I would have a wide range of responsibilities in this role as well as continuing to build my own business of sharing Intentional Creativity. This is in addition to the other 2 businesses I own and operate… With all of this on my plate in 2022 and beyond, I absolutely must get my planner life together!

No longer am I able to fly by the seat of my pants, working “haphazardly” without planning my days. Just for Prisma alone there is a 90+ minute Zoom call each and every week. Add in all else I do AND being “Mommie Taxi” for my 2 boys ensuring they get to/from work/school on time each day and there is no way I can continue without a plan. So…it’s time I used a planner.

Notice I said “used”…

You see, I’m a planner junkie. I buy at least one planner every year, tell myself I’m going to start writing things down and planning, start out full throttle and fizzle off before the end of January. If you could only see the stack of partly used planners I’ve gathered! And of course I have to go for the “high end” ones like Hobonichi. Can’t be Walmart planners. Gotta be fancy shmancy LOL. But this year, I have no choice but to plan and stick to the plan if I am going to be successful with all that lies before me.

And this year, I’m switching from my beloved Hobonichi Cousin to a different Japanese planner — the Jibun Techo Standard A5 Slim.

(Picture courtesy of the JetPens website.)

Although I love love love the Hobonichi, I leave much of it unused (the daily pages). And for the price, that just isn’t cost effective — and it’s a huge waste of the delectable Tomoe River paper. The Hobonichi gives me everything I need:

  • Monthly Pages
  • Weekly Pages
  • Room for Notes (Daily pages)

But because the “room for notes” are the daily pages and I don’t write notes every day, those pages end up virtually unused. That very well could change with my new responsibilities; but for the price I don’t want to risk it and end up with more unused pages then the ones I use. So I decided upon the Jibun. It is a 3-in-1 planner with a Diary (the actual planner), Life book (to record significant events in your life), and an Idea book — which is a blank notebook that I can use for notes.

My thought is that this setup allows me to use the planner pages I like and know will be used (monthly and weekly), and have ample space for notes via the Idea book. Then, the following year, I only have to purchase a new Diary book and replace the Idea book only once full. The Life book is literally for life so that never has to be replaced (unless I screw it up so bad that I want to start over!). I’m kind of excited to get my hands on it and see how it works out for me. It is due to arrive on Monday…

Meanwhile, I am working out my color coding chart and other details that I want to institute in the planner as I wait for it to arrive. I will let you know how it goes.

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