Depending on where you live, calendar and planner pages will typically be formatted with either a Sunday or Monday start for the week. Living in North America, Sunday usually marks the beginning of a week on most printed calendars. Imagine my surprise when I ordered my first planner with a Monday start—what a culture shock and totally genius! So is a Monday start better for planning than a Sunday start? The answer may shock you. 😉
As you spend more and more time in this planner community, you learn about many, new and exciting products. As both a planner-nerd and fountain pen user, I became very curious about the Hobonichi planners. The original Hobonichi Techo (“tetch-oh”) is a Japanese daily planner from the creators of the website Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shimbun or “Hobonichi” (Jetpens.com explains that ‘techo’ comes from the Japanese words for ‘hand’ and ‘notebook’ and it means ‘planner’). This planner is known for its simplistic design and Tomoe River paper, a very thin paper known to be fountain pen and watercolor friendly.
If you’re new to fountain pens, your first question might be “What’s a good, inexpensive fountain pen?”. There are several great choices available on the market but my favorite—which is the perfect combination of quality, performance, and low-cost—is the Pilot Metropolitan. Since it hit the market, this pen has quickly become a favorite of both fountain pen newbies and geeks alike. Why?
Welcome back everyone! Just when you thought it was over, I have one more thing to share. This blogpost touches upon a question that I’m sure has gone thru everyone’s mind at some point: with all the technology available today, do you really just use paper for planning?