Jibun Techo – Functional Plan With Me

Welcome back everyone! This week I’m sharing a functional plan with me using the ‘newest kid on the block’—the Jibun Techo Mini aka B6 ‘Slim’. If you’re a Japanese planner enthusiast (Hobonichi anyone?), you’re going to LOVE the Jibun Techo! Every January, I share all the planners I’ll be using for that year but this year I didn’t write a blogpost about my choice for a primary planner. That’s because I was struggling with what I had chosen and it wasn’t until I found the Jibun Techo that I finally found a planner that worked for me and my method of planning. So why is it so wonderful? Let me count the ways… 🙂

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll be familiar with my preferred layout for personal planning:

  • weekly vertical layout on 2 pages and a Monday start
  • weekends separated into 2 equal columns
  • an extra column for weekly tasks
  • fountain-pen friendly paper (if possible)

This layout is usually hard to find in a compact size because the writing space of the vertical columns would end up being too narrow. I was a personal-size (3.75” x 6.75”) planner gal for many years and have only recently tried using a larger A5 size (5.8” x 8.3”). Then, one day I stumbled on a YouTube video by one of my favorite YouTubers talking about a Japanese planner I never heard of. O.M.G. It was amazing! Could this be ‘the one’?! For more information on the Jibun Techo and a functional plan with me showing how I prepare and use it on a weekly basis, check out my video below:

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After struggling for the first 3 months of 2017 in a planner that just wasn’t working for me (full disclosure: It’s actually a wonderful planner that I’ve used and loved but due to the changes they made to the A5 inserts, it no longer works for me), the Jibun Techo was a surprising find and the perfect complement to my method of planning. Dare I say, it may even be the planner to help me achieve ‘planner peace’! 😀

What about you? Have you heard about the Jibun Techo or do you use other Japanese planners? How do you use them—what are some of your favorite functional planning tips & tricks? I’m always on the lookout for new planning techniques and hacks so please share them in the comments below and don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe!


Until next time, 🙂

♥ LilD ♥










6 thoughts on “Jibun Techo – Functional Plan With Me

  1. Terrell says:

    Helpful video, thanks. I am using the Hobonicchi Weeks slid inside my ringed personal planner. The Weeks (horizontal) is enough to plan out my time, rings allow for project customization. I also use Mark It dots. Do you sometimes find them difficult to apply because they are small? Have you ever used one of those sticker tweezers?

    • Hi Terrell!

      Thanks for watching–I’m glad it was helpful! I love the Hobonichi Weeks–it’s my on-the-go planner. 🙂 And, yes, I have a love-hate relationship with the Mark-it dots because of how small they are. I usually use my nails to lift them off the sheet (you don’t need much length) but if I break a nail, then it gets tricky. I’ve considered using a travel tweezer which I’m sure would work fine and you can find one at your local drugstore but frankly I’m too lazy for that so I just deal with it (my fingers are small).

      Thanks for your comment!

  2. Missy says:

    Love your video of the Jibun Techo. What is your favorite everyday on the go planner? The weeks? A6 Hobonichi? Jibun Techo?

    • Hi Missy and thanks! Right now, the Jibun Techo is my everyday planner (I work from home) and when I leave the house, I take the Hobonichi Weeks because it’s smaller. I also have an A6 Hobonichi but I use it as a daily art journal and that always stays home

      Hope this helps! 🙂
      – LilD

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