Planner Musings – How to Choose a Planner for Next Year in 3 Steps

Can you believe it’s October and 2018 is almost here? September was a blur for me due to fiscal-year-end work and a family emergency. With all that behind me now (all is well!), I’m back to pondering—along with the rest of my fellow plannernerds—the biggest decision of the year: what planner will I use for next year? Some folks only need one planner to take care of everything while others need multiple planners which further complicates the process. This week I’m sharing my year-end ‘planner musings’—aka my 3-step thought process—for deciding what planner to use each year.

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2017 Mid-Year Planner Lineup – On-the-go Planner Update

Welcome back, everyone, for the next installment of this blogpost series where I share an update on my 2017 planner lineup! This year I’m using multiple planners again—one for work, blog/YouTube content, personal/family, and on-the-go. As I mentioned last week, mid-year is the perfect time to do a ‘reality check’ to see what’s working, what’s not working, and make any adjustments going forward. This week we’ll take a look at my on-the-planner setup and find out: is it still working? Why or why not?

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10 Tips for Preparing the Hobonichi Weeks for 2017

With just 2 weeks left for 2016, many plannernerds are scrambling to put the final touches on their 2017 planning system setups. One of my choices for next year is the Hobonichi Weeks planner—more details to come in a future blogpost!—which is predominantly a Japanese planner. While it has many useful features, there are some tweaks you can do to make it even more effective. Check out my latest video where I share my top 10 tips for preparing your Hobonichi Weeks planner for 2017!

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Planner Pages – Sunday or Monday Start?

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. 😉

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Hobonichi Techo Planner (English Version)

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” ( 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.

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