End of year inspiration – The revamp of my 2017 Hobonichi techo cousin

For 2017 I am using the three existing types of the Hobonichi techo books:

  • A cousin or A5 for my everything planner – this captures all work related things, as well as personal life tasks, projects and simply everything in my life.
  • My A6 original techo – used purely as a journal, art notebook and creative book
  • A weeks book, that I use to keep track of my son’s life, appointments, memories, milestones and as a medical tracker as well.

For covers, I got the back pistachio cover for the cousin, without a cover on cover. I have used it this way since January 2017. Now, I do love this cover. The green interior is similar to an apple-green. The bad thing about not getting a cover on cover for this black pistachio is that it started getting dirty. I am very careful with all of my things, especially my planners, but with daily use, and because the cousin planner travels with me sometimes from work to my house and everywhere else if needed, the cover has gotten a bit dusty and oily. Not goo!

Recently, on September 1st I placed an order for my 2018 Hobonichi. Yes, I went through the release day madness! and I placed an order for all three books again, with their respective covers, and a couple of accessories. And guess what? I completely forgot to add a cover on cover for my current cousin and also a cover on cover for my weeks.

A few days ago, through the facebook group, I heard that jetpens.com had started selling the Hobonichi books and a wider range of covers and accessories. On I went! I decided to place an order for the two covers that I was missing, plus a little something on the side to add the total required to have “free shipping”. To make the story short, I bought the “new beginnings” cover on cover to put it on my 2017 hobonichi and avoid further “damage” to my pistachio cover because I would actually like to use it in the future.

The new beginnings cover is beautiful! I put it on my hobonichi right away and it completely changed the way the book looks. I wish I had gotten a cover on cover sooner because the book really changed! It makes me so happy, and not that it didn’t before but it just looked much more subtle. One of the reasons why I got the black pistachio was because it is somber and I can use it in a professional environment, however, because I usually lean for super happy and colorful objects, this cover started to look dull.

Here is a picture of how my book looks like now:

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Here is a picture of a general view

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So, lesson learned! I will never forget again to include a cover on cover for the plain colored covers in the future, and advice for you is to do the same if you are considering buying a Hobonichi 2018 this year.

With my renewed book, and my beautiful inspiring cover, on I continue to end the year full of hope and with vision for a great closing of the year.

Thank you for reading!

Em Jorden

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Items from the “wish-list” – A brief review of the Flow Magazine

Yesterday, I didn’t feel like staying home so I took my three year old and told him that we would go to a bookstore: Barnes and noble. One of the few stores of this kind left in our city. I wanted to go there because I know that this is one of the flew physical stores carrying the Flow magazine. If you are not familiar with this magazine, it is a Ducth magazine that focuses on different topics each time, except, they often release what’s called “paper lover books” and their magazines are visually rich. It is a true joy to both read them and look at them.

I bought the 19th edition titled “celebrating creativity, imperfection and life’s little pleasures”. This time this issue focuses on optimism. I have quickly looked at the entire magazine, which is thick, and have read about a third of it in detail. It is a beautiful issue! It looks like this:

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Among some of the fun things that you will find, are a drawing book and a chalk board exercise book where you can practice lettering and some doodling to create beautiful words on a chalk board. They also interview creative people such artists, artisans, illustrators, freelancers, ceramists and more. It is a joy to read their stories, especially when you are someone – like me – who work on a fixed schedule and where life has a rather rigid structure because of what I do. I love my job and it is rather different from most people’s jobs, but it is still structured. I am also a working mom who needs to be picking up my child from preschool not later than 5:30 PM so life is predictable in a way for me.

Anyway… if you have the chance to buy this magazine, do so! you will enjoy it, especially if you are into beautiful textures, visuals, prompts and great, inspiring content.

In addition to the 19th issue I also bough the “Big book of drawing”, issue 1. This is a beautiful book as well, and mostly, I bought it because I can’t draw. I used to be okay at it until I stopped doing it when I was a teenager. Now that I think of it, I used to be much more creative when I was younger than I am right now. So this is one of the reasons why I decided to get it. The book is about what the same says it is: Drawing! You will find different exercises throughout the book to learn how to draw simple daily objects, from a flower to a desk with stationery on it (how fun!). You also find a couple of extras in it, like another drawing book, and a couple of paper dolls that are left black from the neck down for you to draw their clothing and accessories.

It is a beautiful book and my aspiration is to actually complete all the exercises before the year ends – I want to feel like I actually accomplished something in 2017! I will let you know that goes.

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These magazines are a little on the expensive side ($24 USD) and this is one of the main reasons why I didn’t want to buy them online. Not only would I have to pay for each issue but also for international shipping which makes these magazines much more expensive than some of my planners. I can go to Barnes and Noble to buy them, but if you don’t have one of these stores near by, you can visit their website and order it online. You can also subscribe for 4 or 6 issues per year.

This is my short review, very on the surface but as time goes by and start exploring the magazines more and more I will make sure to share with you. Also, once I am done reading them, I plan on using some of the pages to journal on my Hobonichi techo.

Thank you for reading and let me know if you have bought these magazines and what is your opinion.

Until next time!

Em Jorden

Journaling as a habit

As the end of the summer approaches in New England, I’m realizing that journaling has become a big part of my habits. Writing, helps me reflect on life, internal conflicts and challenges. It’s a good way to deal with difficulties but also to process pleasant experiences. Journaling enhances reflection but also gratitude.

Happy end of the summer!

When in doubt, be a unicorn – Happy Monday!

Stationery Mondays

The other day I went to Black Ink, which is a store that sells Japanese goods, including stationery. They have a great variety of all-paper things, and I could easily spend HOURS there! I have written about this store before and you can read about it here

The shop has a great variety of erasers. I was looking into the bowl full of cute erasers and i found this one. I love it and for some reason, this little guy makes me smile so he lives on my desk. I hope it’ll make you smile too! Have a great Monday and a great week. Leave me your comments below and let me know if you like cute erasers.

Thanks for reading this short post,

Em J

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Planners that worked for me in 2016

Happy Sunday! I have seen a few fellow bloggers and instagramers who have been talking about the planners that worked for them this year, and I thought it would be a great idea to write one of these posts myself. This year, my “Planner journey” has been rather interesting and I want to share it with you.

Let’s begin, shall we?

This year the planner that really worked for me was mostly my Hobonichi Techo in A6, I call this, “the planner that could” because it helped me survived changes at work, a very crazy schedule, organizing my life at home and for my son, dealing with day care schedules, tasks, bills, meals and everything in between. The reasons why this planner worked for me are:

  • This Hobonichi Techo in A6 is portable and the size is great for someone with a busy life
  • The layout – a day on one page seems to be perfect for me because I usually have a lot of things to write down.
  • The monthly and daily pages are great although I have to stay that I stopped using my planner for about two months because I really need to have a weekly view.

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Another planner that worked for me was a customized version of my  which I use as my financial planner and I love! I believe the reason why this planner works so well for me is because, actually, this is a planner that I assembled myself using various kinds of inserts and I love it.

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This notebook worked wonders for me. I customized it and use as a notebook where I write various things. I have both, the large and the smaller version and both are wonderful notebooks. Not only because of the possibilities to customize it but because the quality of the notebook is amazing and you can add as many or as little page as you wish. Also, you can change the size of the disks and that I think, is a huge advantage!

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I used this planner for various things, it served as a planner where I would collect thoughts, ideas, lists and other content related to my blog. I love the size, the quality and the portability of this binder. It is amazing and one of my all time favorite planners.

Now let’s move on to the planners that DID NOT work for me — based on my lifestyle, preferences, planning style, and needs.

  • Day designer day on one page – This planner is beautiful and I was excited when it came out around July this year. This particular planner was created after a collaboration between Day Designer and Sky Blue. The books are inexpensive, come in various sizes and also in different designs. I loved the idea of carrying this planner because of the format but after using it for a month I realized that it wasn’t going to work for me. I feel very limited because of the pre-set format it comes in and overall, it just didn’t call on me so  I stopped using it as a daily planner and moved it on to using it as a workout planner where I just track my workouts, calories, and other health related matters.
  • Erin Condren Life Planner — I have written about this planner before. Not only because I find them extremely expensive for what they are, but because for me, I just think that the price is not worth it. There are many other planners are out there that are better quality and I personally feel that this line of products is over priced. My story with these planners dates from two years ago when I bought my first EC planner. I ended up selling it because I wasn’t using it. The boxes do not work for me and neither does the format. Then, Erin Condren released a new series of planners with rose gold coil and I fell for it again. I ended up buying at the exorbitant price of $95 usd. After trying so hard to really like the planner I ended up setting it apart and using the pages as a finances planner. The reason why I was so disappointed is because the coil was damaged, the planner would not lay flat, the cover was damaged, and I was just not happy with the product. That’s the last time I bought an Erin Condren Planner and my inserts will end this December.
  • Kikki.K personal size planners — while I love this brand I find that not all the planners work for me. I love the binders because they are beautiful but I ended up not using a few that I bought. I sold them and now I only have a bound planner with a day on one page that I will be using for 2017 as a journal/health diary. I don’t know why the binders don’t really work for me but I am a fan of the brand and I actually have bought a few other things for this year.
  • Franklin Covey compact size synthetic leather — I love Franklin Covey but when their binders are not made out of leather, the plastic smell is too strong for me to bear it. I bought two binders and I ended up selling them. While I love the brand and I have used one of their binders in classic size as a work planner, I am not sure how I feel about other planners so for now, I decided to stop buying ring binders and enjoy using my bound books.

Now, these are the planners that worked and didn’t work for me based on my personal lifestyle, needs and planning style but it doesn’t mean that they won’t work for you. I have tried many many planners and I am slowly learning about what I truly like. It is difficult to not get carried away by the hype of things when they are released so, if you are thinking of buying planners, I would recommend you to read and do some research about them before buying them. Remember that if a planner doesn’t call you, and if you can’t get yourself to use it then it is likely that it won’t work for you. Planners should be something you use every day and something you enjoy using. They are a tool that will help us keep our lives organized and our days flow with ease.

Thank you for reading and please, let me know what planners worked for you this year. I would love to hear.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog.

Em J

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New blog section: Writers of their own stories.

Dreamers, but does too. “I am a dreamer but not the only one” the song says. With this in mind, I decided to open a new section where I will feature creative minds and thinkers from around the world. People who have touched my soul and/or who have crossed my path –at least through the Internet– in one way or the other. Each one of this individuals have inspired me.

With this new section, I want to pay homage to all of those amazing people, creative wanderers who have followed their hearts, written their own stories and said “F**ck it, I won’t do what you all expect me to do. I will follow my dreams, do, create and carve my own path. Yes, I will.”

This creative group of people has given me back the drive to pursue my own story, my own dreams and work hard, especially work hard! I will be featuring people from around the globe who use journals, planners, diaries, and really, who use a pen and a piece of paper to create, to let their minds and souls free and touch our spirits along the way. The men and women that you will read about here, all of them carry a journal, a planner or a diary in some shape or form, some of them even have YouTube channels, shops, and stationery physical stores. They are creators and inspire all us to do the same. I will feature their personal stories with the idea that they will encourage you to continue creating, and pursuing what really, REALLY makes you happy.

I really hope you will love it as much as I did writing about them. If you have a suggestion about who to reach out to, do let me know. Enjoy, and keep on moving forward! The world needs more of that, especially right now.

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Kayla Ocampo – Creator of

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Kaila is known all over the Internet for her Kawaii-life style. She creates videos on her journaling, she has a shop and is a creator. Kaila has inspired me to journal more, and basically follow my own style of doing things. Kaila has been very kind in responding to every question of my interview so please, go check her story out.

Kaila’s header is “Rainbowholic is a real-life manifestation of dreamy aspirations of a Kawaii Girl who wishes to share positivity & happiness through her lifestyle blog.”

Here’s the interview I made to her. Sit back and enjoy!

1. Who are you? What is your name, where are you from and where do you live?
Hi, I’m Kaila! I’m currently based in Saitama, Japan but I’m originally from Manila, Philippines. I’m a kawaii lifestyle blogger, content creator, and entrepreneur.
2. What notebooks do you currently use, what for and why these particular notebooks?
I have a lot of notebooks with me right now and they all have different purposes. I have my own schedule organizer (from Paper Stone PH) where I plot important dates and such. I use my hobonichi techo (A6) as my daily kawaii journal / diary.I recently got my own Midori Traveler’s notebook and I’m currently using it for train stamp / stamp collecting and travel documentations. I also have my own #ABCDailyJournal by my friend Abbey Sy. It’s my creative / “art” journal.
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3. Why do you journal?
I journal to unwind and dream at the same time. I’m a big dreamer and I strongly believe that journaling / listing down your dreams and actions plans are important to keep track of your progress to realize your goals. I journal because I want to surprise myself in the future that even with all the good and bad days combined from the past months / years, I still chose to enjoy and celebrate the big and little things in my life during those documented times.Read Why I Journal / Kawaii Journaling to know more about why Kayla decided to start journaling.
4. Why did you decide to open your website, your shop and your YouTube channel?
I (re)opened my blog when I finally moved to Japan 5 years ago. I just wanted to share my daily life, the kawaii culture that I like, solo travels and other creative adventures. I also had another blog prior to this one. ^^

I’m continuing my blog because it has a purpose. I want to somehow enlighten others on how they can also achieve their dreams by working hard and creating your own luck. I’m aiming for this blog to become a source of motivation for others (the target market person is similar to a younger version of Kaila who used to feel disheartened about many things). I decided to open my shop because I also want to share the materials / things that I’m using for my crafts. I also aspire to create and manage my own business full-time in the Philippines someday.. and that’s why I’m starting with an online store for now. I really have big dreams for my Rainbowholic business. ^^I’ve been on YouTube for many years (hardly updated haha) but it’s only been just a few months ago when I really devoted time to document my hobonichi sessions. I really enjoy creating and learning at the same time. I never actually thought that people would watch my videos but after receiving positive feedback so far.. I got more inspired to create more.

To learn more about why Kayla blogs go  to Why I Blog and go to How Blogging Has Helped Me Achieve My Dreams to learn more about Kayla’s journey.

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5. What drives you to continue working on your channel and your website?
I just really want to fill up my days working on something that I’m passionate about (crafting / journaling / documenting / etc.). Whether people would appreciate it or not (thumbs up or down), it does not matter to me because I’m already happy with the fact that I’ve done something that might help me in the future. For me, this is my way of practicing self-discipline too. ^^Of course, whenever I get positive and encouraging comments, I’d feel more motivated. I also consider my subscribers’ suggestions on how I can improve my content and such.


6. What is your dream and what would you say to people who are working to achieve their own dreams?
I have a lot of dreams but my ultimate dream would be to become a full-time content creator + businesswoman combined. Right now, I am still employed at my brother’s company here in Japan (still very thankful, of course). In the future, I want to build my own company both based in Japan and the Philippines. These two countries are both my homes and I’d like to fly back and forth (more freely) in the future.

To people like me who are also working to achieve their own dreams, let’s do our best effort (come what may)!! We may get discouraged or feel a little lost along the way (important life knowledge / experience masked as failures) but with eyes on the goal and a brave heart, anything is possible! Believe in the great things that we all know that we deserve. ^^

See this Related video for more of Kayla and his Rainbowholic dream

7. What are your favorite stationery shops?
My favorite stationery shops are LoFT and Tokyu Hands.8. Who are your favorite journalers, entrepreneurs or people that you look up to?

I look up to Abbey (www.abbey-sy.com), Chichi (www.hello.chi-chi.me), Ashley (www.ashleydy.com), Reese (www.reeselansangan.com), and Allie (www.thefoureyedwonder.com). They are all amazing and super creative people and I’m proud to call them as my friends. They are just some of the many people who I look up to.
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9. How did you learn to journal the way you do, and what keeps you inspired?
I learned how to journal the way I do by doing it every day and sticking with the habit. I love expressing myself, my thoughts, my beliefs, and everything through a cute / kawaii way. I keep myself inspired by staying offline, reading creative books and blogs, looking through many photos, going out & taking a walk, exercising, traveling, and the like.

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10. Tell us about 2017, what are the next steps and how do your journals help you get there?
I think that 2017 will be still a continuation of everything that I started and launched this year (2016). I just want to continue and experiment with my blog, shop, and youtube channel. Definitely, my journals will help me a LOT to keep track of my progress and they will always serve as a reminder for me to stay grounded and to remember my roots and humble beginnings. My dreams may become bigger and bigger as I grow older and unlock goals but my child-at-heart nature and love for kawaii & stationery will forever stay.

Edited by author Sept, 2017: For 2018 Kayla has featured a video on her YouTube channel where she shares with us her new cover for the coming year (The hydrangea cover) in a new unboxing video. Go check it out! She has also started doing stationery tours in Japan which I plan on doing one day when I save enough for only a trip to Japan. If you are interested in her blog, below are her links. It is a true joy to watch her working on her hobonichi, read her blog and follow her on social media as she comes up with new fun hobonichi and stationery related projects.

Did you like learning about Kyla and her #Rainbowholic dream, find her on the following social media channels:

Instagram: @rainbowholic
Snapchat: rainbowholic.me

Twitter: @kailaroo

 

Want to get to know Kayla, go to Getting to know me and learn more. Of course, follow her and share it!

Thanks for reading Kayla’s story on my blog,

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Kayla Ocampo, Rainbowholic – Kawaii lifestyle blogger and creator – writer of her own story!

Thank you, Kayla, for inspiring us all!

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The joy (and benefits) of journaling

I have always loved notebooks and especially when I am stressed, I tend to sit down and write. I have kept a journal on and off throughout my entire life since I can remember. Now, since I have access to all kinds of stationery products and notebooks, I use different notebooks to keep a journal but there is one in particular that I have been working on for two years now.

I have felt inspired to work on my journal and I decided to show you how it looks like. This page has been inspired by the journaling style by Kaila Ocampo from Rainbowholic. I will start developing my own style but for now, I decided to create a journal entry based on my three hobonichis, which I can’t wait to use.

I have written before about the benefits of journaling, so I will only write a few highlights here for you to read again, but if you can and have access to any notebook at all, I encourage you to journal. To keep a notebook where you can write, reflect, think, come up with stories or simply document your life. I think these days we get too caught up in the complications of stickers, washi tape and what not, but journaling can be as easy as using pen and paper. If you can, it brings many benefits including the following:

  • Stretching Your IQ. …
  • Evoking Mindfulness. …
  • Achieving Goals. …
  • Emotional Intelligence. …
  • Boosting Memory and Comprehension. …
  • Strengthen Your Self-Discipline. …
  • Improve Communication Skills. …
  • Healing.

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Many psychologists encourage people to keep a journal, and I am not a professional but I am someone who throughout her life, through the ups and downs has kept a journal, including when I lived abroad on my own. Often, only my written downs, the pen, and the paper were the only tools that helped me heal, deal with homesickness and also, make sense of all the new experiences I was going through on my own, away from everything I knew.

So, here you have them! If you don’t know how to start I would say: Grab pen and paper and start writing, write about anything that comes to your mind, anything that’s bothering you, anything you don’t want to share with anyone, anything that hurts, and anything that makes you happy. If you can keep it up, it will be a great way to put the pieces together and make sense of your experiences.

Have fun and enjoy! Thank you for reading another post.

Em Jorden

 

 

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2017 planner lineup

First of, let me mention to you that if you are following me and you don’t know where I came from, this blog was formerly known as “the fabulous planner”, but I decided to change the name and the image because I want to start defining how I want my blog to look like. I wanted to ditch the word “planner” since, overall, I want to be writing about stationery, all things paper, journals and dreams so I thought that the new name for this blog “My papered wings” is more appropriate. I do hope you will love it!

So….

A new year brings hopes, new habits, new ideas and also an enormous tangible possibility to turn our dreams into a reality. Also, for many planner people like myself, or people who love stationery, in general, it means that we need to start thinking about a new planner, or journal or idea on where we will be organizing our thoughts, writing our hopes and organizing our time.

I do have (already) in mind a list of the planners/journals that I want to use. It will be one kind, my hobonichi techo books. Mostly because also one of my goals is to maintain a minimalistic life where I don’t waste earth’s precious resources, but also where I have less stuff in general. I will be writing a post on a lineup of my 2017 planners, but also, I decided to create a new section on my blog where I will feature stories of real people who follow their dreams and use their planners to do so.

I really hope you all will love this section! I will be featuring lovely people from around the world, their personal stories and also their planners or journals.

This post is just to prompt a new conversation about what will your planner be for 2017? Have you thought about what you will be using and what notebooks will these be?

Do let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you and thanks so much for following me, in spite of the changes from being the fabulous planner to now being papered wings.  I definitely think the new name is more appropriate to convey the idea of using pen and paper to write about our dreams and give ourselves permission to fly with them and follow them!

Do comment on your planners and what you have thought these will be for the new year.

Thank you for reading!

Have a great week.

Em Jorden

2016 planner reflections

It’s almost October, and for all planner people out there, this is about the time you start thinking about what planner you will be getting for next year. For me, this has been a year where I found myself spending very little money on planner goods – I had to, or I’d be broke!.

I didn’t buy any ring planners at all this year because I found myself using them very little. I did try out the new covers for traveler’s notebooks that Webster’s pages launched this year, I bought one of the covers and I have written about it here on my blog. I also bought the Passion Planner because I wanted to try it out. I used it weekly until I found myself writing the same thing over and over because mostly my schedule looks the same week by week. This planner is nice but not for me.

This year was the first year I also started using my Hobonichi in A6. I used it as a work planner and I loved it until I decided that, maybe, I should try something else, I used it every day and it was working fine. The problem was that the A6 Hobonichi doesn’t have a weekly layout, and I realized that I was forgetting things.  I needed to have that weekly view of my time. I stopped using it in July and changed it for a Day Designer planner that I bought at Target for $12. The Day Designer has a day on one page but I ran into the same problem, the lack of a weekly view doesn’t work for me. Especially for work!

I absolutely love the Hobonichi techo  planner! Towards the end of last month, I started using my hobonichi more consistently again. After all, it always worked for me as a planner, except not for work. I continued using it as a diary or journal, to keep track of things and to note down reminders or things that I didn’t want to forget. It kind of became my on the go planner/notebook/journal. I carry it back and forth between work and home.

With the new year coming and the fact that Hobonichis are yearly planners I started thinking about what planner(s) I will be using next year. One thing I know is that I don’t want to use multiple planners because I find myself losing information or not remembering where I wrote certain things down. Right now, I have too many things to remember and my mind has no more storage space, so I decided that I need only ONE PLANNER.

After much thinking and even considering buying a set of DIYFish inserts, I also thought of buying a set of Franklin Covey inserts for my Franklin Covey planner which has huge rings. I want to have a planner that has enough space to have a weekly, monthly and daily overview, and I thought that the Franklin Covey planners could be a great option. After looking into which one to buy I couldn’t decide. Mostly, I think I am tired of using ring planners. It is not working for me because I don’t have time to be setting it up, changing the pages, perforating inserts and so on. Even if I buy pre-made inserts I still don’t see myself feeling as productive as I do with a bound planner.

This said, this year I went ahead and bought ALL THREE sizes of the Hobonichi techo 2017! Yes, all three sizes! I will be downsizing this coming year and I don’t want to keep jumping from notebook to notebook or planner to planner, I find myself losing things and also losing inspiration to continue using either my journals or notebooks. The hobonichi planner is the one book that I actually use every day because I love everything about it. The paper is fantastic, the layout, the flexibility and how quirky it is.

In conclusion, after using probably most planners out there in the market, after using ring planners for many many years and especially, using a hobonichi book for one year, I have realized that I am a hobonichi person! Just because right now, this planner seems to be the one I am most excited about using, even after suspending its use for work for a month or two I still went back and continued using it for different things. I couldn’t give it up.

So for for now, I have sold many of the planners that I had and kept my most loved binders, the ones I continue using for different purposes. I won’t be buying new ring bound planners, just because even this week I realized how little I use the day designer and how little I like it. I have kept three Filofax binders, the ones I absolutely love and use for other things, I have two Franklin Covey planners that I want to have because of the size of the rings, I have two traveler’s notebooks – one large and one field notes size – and my hobonichis. I use the Martha Stewart notebooks for various uses for work.

2017 will be a one planner for all year, I have no idea how it will go but I am willing to try, in fact, I can’t wait to try. My hope is that one book will house my different lists, tasks and notes and that I will stop losing notes just because I can’t remember where I wrote them down!

What are your planner plans for 2017? Have you bought your 2017 planner or have you decided which one you will be using?

I’d love to hear so please leave me a comment with your thoughts!

Happy plans!

Em Jorden

 

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5 simple steps to help you get on track: Use your planner!

For the past weeks, I have not been adding content to my blog mostly because I have been too busy. Usually, I am busy — normal busy — but these past days life has almost been out of control. First, I had to travel to Chicago for work, came back exhausted and had mom over visiting. Then she left and I found myself unable to go back to my routine. Then I took some days off but that didn’t do the trick. Once I was back to the office I had to stay at the office longer hours because of some yearly activities that we have, when the weekend came I was done and didn’t feel like sitting in front of the computer.

Now, slowly I am going back to getting back on track with this blog. This said while I was absent from my blog a few things happened:

  1. I realized I just don’t feel like using some of the planners anymore
  2. I also realized that I am not sure I want to continue using my hobonichi planner as my work planner
  3. I bought two more planners! (Both are from Day Designer and Blue Sky)
  4. I lost motivation and inspiration to go back to my yearly goals
  5. I just don’t feel like sitting at my desk and plan

Because all of this happened I also realized one thing: In moments of crisis, it is time to sit down, reflect and reassess your plans, your methods, your goals and your habits. I realized that in moments where your mind starts to wander and you have gotten off track, the best way to re-focus is by following a few simple steps:

  1. Revisit your initial goals, go back a few months and read how your weeks and your days looked like. This will help you find focus or change the few things that need to be changed before you can go on.
  2. Find some inspiration in your past entries: Usually you will find key information in things you wrote previously. At least when I go back to other months, I remember why I started something and what drove me to do it in the first place.
  3. Find information that appears constantly, circle it and reflect on it. You will start remembering why you decided to set that goal and it will help you focus again
  4. Reflect on what your goals were in January. When we begin a new year we tend to do feel hopeful and set up goals that are not always very achievable right away. Then as the year goes by we start losing track because we didn’t change things from scratch.
  5. Assess your current habits and why you have fallen into your current routine. You will find many answers when you simply reflect on this.

What happens next? You will realize that there are things that you can change and habits you can adjust if you only try a little harder.

After doing some of these things you will realize that you no longer feel you want to do something or you don’t find a strong reason to continue working on a project. This would be a great time to sit down and think of how you can change those projects or goals and reinvent them before you go completely off track and lose your motivation altogether.

I will be using my new day designer planner and my traveler’s notebook, to work on this and I will also start thinking about how I can change things so that I keep going. It’s half the year and usually one tends to start thinking “Why did I think I could do this?” You will find a good reason and you will adjust your life right now, set new goals and go on!

I will use my day designer because of the layout and I think I will retire my Hobonichi to be used as a journal but I am not 100% yet.

Let me know if you have felt this way and what your plans are to end the year feeling like you actually reached your goals!

Thank you for reading!

Em J