Ohayou HoboMinci

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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.

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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.

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Plenty of pockets to store stickers, washi and paper clips. Perhaps a note here and there?img1476794341512.jpg

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.. 

Keep writing

Sometimes I surprise myself. Especially when I look back on the things I wrote in my paper journal or blog entries. The emotions, the opinions.. even short stories I write during my free time – if read once more makes me feel like I’m reading someone else’s work.

To be a profesional writer was never a proper ambition. After all, I do have a proper job. I am happy enough to write in a blogosphere and entertain myself or readers if any, with my mini crap here and there.

Plus when you write, you have to look up to great writers and take example. I mean, how do you compete with those who are able to create a stand-alone world in their head. Filled with characters described in great detail right from their physical traits to their personalities! The Harry Potter series was amazing enough and then we have Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games! Not to mention world of Hobbits and Twilights! Amazing brains I have to say. It does make me wonder at times – if say, I quit my job and become a fulltime writer, do I have the potential to force my brain to create at least a storyline in our modern world?

Yet I have perfect examples around me who made it to the publishing world. Normal, ordinary people like you and me. I guess if one have the passion for whatever he/she is doing, anything is possible. For the time being.. keep writing.