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10 Tips for Setting up the Jibun Techo for Functional Planning

The Jibun Techo. You’ve heard me talk and post about it quite a bit throughout 2017. The great news is it’s been growing in popularity in the planner community and has become more accessible outside of Japan so there’s more information about it available. This week I’m sharing my top 10 tips for setting up my Jibun Techo for functional planning—it’s more flexible than you think! 🙂

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Travelers Notebook Features and Options – How do you choose?

Welcome back for the next installment of my travelers notebook video series where I strive to provide you with the information needed to make your first—or next—travelers notebook purchase less overwhelming. This week I share some of the features and options available—as well as some tips and hacks—to help you determine the best travelers notebook configuration for your needs.

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Travelers Notebook Sizes – Which is best for you?

Travelers notebooks have become extremely popular in the planner community not just for planning but many other uses like memory keeping, art journaling, and reflection journals just to name a few. As a result, the options available on the market have grown to the point where choosing one can be an overwhelming experience. This week, I’m kicking off a video series dedicated to travelers notebooks where each video will provide some basic information needed to decide if and which travelers notebook are for you. In this first video, I’m sharing all the travelers notebook sizes currently available as well as other sizing considerations so let’s get started!

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Affordable Fountain Pens – Kaweco Sport

Welcome back for another edition of affordable fountain pens! This week I’m sharing my favorite, most portable fountain pen—the Kaweco Sport, specifically the Classic, ICE, and Skyline models (there are other Sport models) but these are the ones in the lower price range. Don’t let the small size or simple design fool you, this little pen really packs a punch and doesn’t break the bank!

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One Book July + Bullet Journal Experiment – Lessons Learned

It’s the last week of July which means almost the end of One Book July! Along with that, I continued my Bullet Journal Experiment throughout the month of July, a process where I gave up all my trusty calendar pages that I’ve been relying on for the past two decades in lieu of an adhoc, ‘create as you go’, rapid logging system. It’s been an eye opening experience for this traditional, calendar-dependent, functional planner so this week I’d like share with you some of my ‘lessons learned’.

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One Book July + Bullet Journal Experiment Supplies

If you’ve been following this blog series, you’ll know that this year I committed to doing the One Book July challenge along with my Bullet Journal Experiment—read more about it here. So far, it’s been an eye opening experience and a lot fun since I’ve had the opportunity to use a lot of supplies from my planner and art journaling stash. So what are some of my favorite supplies to use?

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Update on One Book July + Bullet Journal Experiment

This year for the first time in two decades, I decided to take my planner setup apart and turn it upside down—crazy, I know! Instead of using dated calendar pages and multiple planners (one for each life area—read more about it here, here, here, and here), I chose to strip it down to just one book and use a bullet journal ‘create as you go’ setup—read more about it here. The reason for my deviating so far off course was to eliminate the distraction layers so I could focus on the nitty, gritty details of my planning system. It’s only mid-July and it’s been quite a ride!

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One Book July + Bullet Journal Experiment

For the past few years, there has been a popular yearly challenge within the planner community known as One Book July—learn more about it here. It was created by RhomanysRealm in 2014 for the ‘Coffee Addicts Club’ comprised of Rhomany, MissVickyB and CarieHarling (these ladies are amazing, definitely check them out!). Since then, it’s become a cult favorite where plannernerds cut back to the basics so they can focus on their core planning ‘system’. The rules are simple: one book…one pen…one month (there are some minor exceptions so check out the video link above for more information). Hmmm…sounds interesting…and scary. Just the month before, I had already done something drastic that turned my planner system upside down so I thought: why not ‘go for broke’ and combine my Bullet Journal Experiment with One Book July?! Continue reading

The Bullet Journal Experiment

If you’re familiar with my blog, you’ll know that I’ve used traditional, calendar-based planners for the past two decades. I started with a checkbook size month-on-2-page (MO2P), graduated to a Daytimer System day-on-1-page, and have tried numerous other systems, products, and layouts over the years—read more about my planner journey here. The one thing I’ve yet to try that I’ve been extremely curious about is the Bullet Journal system or Bujo for short. I’m intrigued by the concept of starting with a ‘blank slate’ every week, having everything in one place, and the overall simplicity of the system. As an experienced plannernerd who has come to learn what works and doesn’t work for her, I can’t help but wonder: can I design a Bullet Journal setup that will work for a calendar-dependent functional plannernerd? (pause for Carrie Bradshaw moment 🙂 — any fans of the ‘Sex in the City’ TV show?)

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