“Hobonichi means Almost Everyday”
I call mine my #HoboMinci. And so far the journaling game is still going on strong. I have a lot of reflections and activities to reminisce on, I guess. My choice of medium are similar to previous years – washi, stichers, colourful inks, instax photos… I tried to take up stamping but it’s too much effort for me. Although I do love to see people do it in Instagram.
My monthly page are usually very simple. My weekly pages are more detailed. I try to divide my weeks into a few categories.
Non-work daily To- Dos.
My daily pages are the most interesting. On certain days I have a lot to shout about. Or social meets to keep memories of.
Sometimes it is just quiet. No words. Just washi or die cuts to fill the page.
I reflect on religion or important stuff.
I write down memorable quotes.
Sometimes I give movie reviews.
Or extending a thought from a book I read.
Sometimes it a Pinky and The Brain moment as I elaborate on my plan. Like the iftar get together a few months ago.
In short, there is never just a single way on how you choose to fill up your Hobonichi. In Malaysia, there is only a handful of us using Hobonichi. Price is a major factor. Furthermore, journaling or diary keeping is just not everybody’s cup of tea. Despite that, we still find joy in our little group called Planner Addicts Malaysia on Facebook. We get to mingle with fellow planners using other brands of journals. And if I need a more international take to my #hoboMinci – I have the Rainbowholic FB group for inspiration.
I heard there’s a Jibun Techo out there. I am keen to explore that as well. We will see.
This is me starting somewhere with my videos in 2019.
Just start. Eventhough the end results may not be that good. After all, if I am doing this for self-satisfaction – there is always room for improvement.
I bought this software online. It is called Movavi Video Editor 15. So far so good.
My Hobominci is a Hobonichi Techo 2017. It took me about a month to read about it. Another week browsing the website and making decisions. And finally just a few minutes to click ‘add to cart’ , fish out my credit card from my purse and wait for the yellow package to arrive.
Most planneraddicts are raving about how functional and wonderful this Japanese planner is. The Japanese are after all widely known as being systematic. We have been adapting their style and systems of work into our daily practice. The 5S stuff remember?
Although bullet journaling is the more popular option in my current planneraddict group – I feel it is time consuming for myself because of my job restrictions. Then I saw a beautiful blogpost explaining the Hobonichi. I loved it instantly. I wanted it more than any Neelofar Hijab.
I chose a blue cover for my A6 HoboMinci. I wanted something I could stuff in my bag. A cute little one.
Plenty of pockets to store stickers, washi and paper clips. Perhaps a note here and there?
It has a plastic cover on top of the leather cover. A ziplock area is at the back – I can put photos or quotes or doodles there.
I used this section as a habit tracker. See how in December I have failed in certain habits. Uh-oh. The Monthly section will be put to good use as I skim through my activities for the month. I could get an overview of what I should prepare for the month.
I also loved that now I have a page for my daily planning. I’d put my schedule on the left side of the planner whilst the right side or any space on the page for my quotes or thoughts. Adorned with colourful washi and stickers.
On the start of every month, there’s an empty page. I am going to use it for my highlights of the month. For instance, send a birthday card or read a particular book. Perhaps enroll in a new class or skill workshop. 😛 It can be like a dashpage to list down priorities of the month.
THE CONS : I need to set it up to suit the local scene which means I need to put down the national holidays and school holidays manually.
penting tau long weekend. Sometimes nothing particularly interesting happen on that day – so I end up writing random quotes and thoughts – which can be boring. finally it is expensive especially with the weak ringgit. In fact I’ve been thinking, if I really love this system I might consider a faux hobo next year but of course nothing beats the real deal right?! mestilah nak yang ori..