Hobonichi Planner 2014: Update

As my Hobonichi Planner 2014 post has been one of my most popular posts to date, and we are now, well, THIS much through the year

P1040361I thought it was time for an update.

Now, I would absolutely love to be decorating my Hobonichi as brilliantly as these guys, but I just don’t have time (I wish I’d had one when I was a student!). So instead, I mainly use it as a normal appointment diary, but I only use pencil:
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And then if and when I have time I go back and write up my day properly, like this:
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But that’s about as arty as I gets I’m afraid.

I also just wanted to highlight a few of my favourite features:
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Dot grid paper in the notes section (which I’d actually  forgotten about until today)

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Drinking Tea around the World pages. Love this, and there’s also a Sushi guide and “How to Use Chopsticks” guide.

And then there’s the quotes that are on every double page.

Some are just good advice/pearls of wisdom
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Some are more specific to diaries/journals

In case you can't read this, it says: The trick to a daily diary is to "record, don't recall". You'll forget things that you wanted to remember, so take notes and organise them later. Wise words indeed!

In case you can’t read this, it says: The trick to a daily diary is to “record, don’t recall”. You’ll forget things that you wanted to remember, so take notes and organise them later. Wise words indeed!

And some, are just… well… RANDOM (!)
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So, in short, I love it, and am getting on really well with it. The only one thing I’d like is a bookmark ribbon that you usually get with a diary. But I understand that this comes with the covers you’re meant to put on your Hobonichi (I didn’t want one because they were a bit bulky for my handbag and I prefer the simplicity of the book alone).

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It arrived: Hobonichi Planner 2014!!

So what I didn’t realise when I ordered it was that they were on holiday until 7th Jan (seems odd to me for people in the diary business to close for such a long time over christmas,  but what do I know…) so it only arrived a few days ago, and of course I wasn’t home so had to get it from the post office yesterday…

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New Year, New Blog!

Ok, well here I go. 2014 starts with a new blog about one of my interests… Stationery!

The best place to start in January is with diaries.

Now, I’ve been completely unorganised (precisely why I need a diary, I suppose), and left it until the last few days in December to order one. It’s winging it’s way here from Japan at the moment (or at least it will be when they’re back form their holidays on 7th Jan) so I really hope it’s worth it.

It’s called the Hobonichi Planner and you can read all about its features here. There are so many things I like about it, in particular the criss-cross lined pages (an obsession of mine, but that’s for another post), as well as the lay-flat binding – don’t know if you’ve every been trying to follow instructions from notes you’ve made without a spare hand and your note book keeps closing itself… I also hope it’ll encourage me to keep more of a journal. There are numerous covers you can buy to go on your planner, but I didn’t order one as I like things quite traditional and think I’ll prefer without – plus it’ll fit better in my bag.

I think I’m pretty late on this one… I only found out about it through my boyfriend who saw it on a design blog. I get the impression it’s a bit of a Japanese institution. I just found this tumblr, with examples of people’s filled out planners – they look amazing! I hope I can do mine justice.

Anyway, I really really hope it doesn’t take too long to arrive – I’ll do a review once it does.

Until then, this is the sad state of my current diary – a post-it stuck in the back on my 2013 one:

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It’s not even in date order! I might even have to start using google calendar… 😦