My First Work Week with the Hobonichi Techo Cousin

I thought that December was going to be an easy month, but I forgot how busy things can get when you’re trying to work full time with the holidays bearing down on you. Thank goodness I had my sparkling new Hobonichi Techo Cousin to help me keep track of everything at the office. Here’s a peek at how my first week with the Hobonichi went.


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Using a Planner in Japanese and other Hobonichi Stuff


After sharing some photos of my new Hobonichi Techo Cousin on the Google+ Bullet Journal Community, I got several questions about what it’s like to use a planner that’s not written in English. So, I thought I’d share some detailed photos of the Hobonichi so you can see how it works. The good news is that I think it’s totally possible to use a planner in another language. The great news is that Hobonichis are very well designed so that makes using this planner even easier.

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Getting Started with the Hobonichi Cousin at Work

In the middle of summer, one of my fellow Bullet Journal Google+ Community members posted something about the Hobonichi line of planners. As soon as I saw them, I coveted one. They are beautiful planners. But I didn’t want to take the plunge until I knew for certain I would like them and that they would work for my planning needs.

I examined them. Very closely. I read reviews. I created my own faux Hobonichi layout in my Leuchtturm1719 notebook.

I liked it. And it worked.

So I politely requested Hobonichis for my birthday and my loved ones delivered with 2 complete Hobonichi Cousin notebook setups.


The goods. Blue on the left for personal. Pink on the right for work.


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Bullet Journaling – June Preview

Since discovering the wonders of Bullet Journaling in March, I’ve been a huge fan. I discovered a fantastic Google+ community dedicated to discussing and trading tips for bullet journaling and  become fairly active there. Since I’m a couple of months in, I thought I’d share how things are going for the month of June.


One of the first things I did this month was separate my work items from my personal and Educating [Geeks] items. I immediately regretted this. One of the things that really allows Bullet Journaling to work for me is keeping everything in one place. Every time I split things into multiple books, my work book continues to function, but my other books completely fall by the wayside. I’ve written plenty in my work journal this month, but nothing in my personal/E[G] book. Not helpful at all.

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