I’ve been using (Paper) Planners for several years, trying to find the optimal solution for my personal needs. 2021 I used Hobonichi Techo A6 international version. This year I tried Jibun Techo Biz. I like both, but prefer the bigger size of the Jibun Techo. While both have great quality paper, the Hobonichi has a slight edge; even if the pages are thin they hold up well when using a fountain pen.
What is your favorite system for scheduling and planning?
Currently, my planning system is a mess. I use:
- Joplin on my computer for notes and project documentation when I’m at the computer (programming, UI design, interesting stuff I find online or someone recommends to me)
- Bookmarks in Firefox for websites
- Pre-installed Notes app on my Nokia 302 for simple, quick notes
- A paper planner with a list of my homework for school (until I get home and update the class GCalendar)
- Shared Google Calendar where my class puts all the information about upcoming events, exams, tasks, etc. (color coded)
- Another paper planner for when I don’t want to be distracted by my computer and/or need to draw a sketch
- A sketchbook for design
- An offline calendar app when I want to be reminded of a task at a given date
It will take some time until I figure out what is the best option for me. Ideally, I would have only 1 paper planner or 1 app. I like paper notebooks, as they are not distracting, but the problem is that they are less portable / comfortable to use on the go and I don’t like wasting paper. The digital variant can be synced to multiple devices if you have a smartphone, but there are no such apps for older dumbphones.
I finally gave up on having a planner, because I have such an out-of-sight out-of-mind problem that I would write all my plans in it and then forget to open it up the next day. My planning system is now entirely to-do lists on scraps of paper. I use one scrap for the list of things I need to do that day and one to jot down additional things that come up during the day. When everything’s completed, the scrap goes in the recycle bin. Anything that doesn’t get finished that day gets carried over to the next day. It’s not perfect, but it works better than anything else I’ve tried. For appointments and so on I have a wall calendar.
In theory I also have a “future file” where I drop future deadlines and things to start thinking about in future months, but in practice I forget to check that, too.
I struggled in the beginning when I returned to a non electronic planner. The first year (5-6 years ago) I started out very enthusiastically, but as the months went by it got longer and longer between the notes. I hadn’t quite unlearned the convenient habit of always bringing my phone. As time passed, I realized that I needed to create a routine how and when to use my planner, not only scribble down reminders.
It has developed into a kind of diary/note taking/ contacts/ ideas/ appointments/mediation thing.
A summary of one’s life and thoughts, if you will.Not for everyone perhaps, but I find it very useful to stay on track and be focused on the important stuff.
I have never found an electronic calendar/planner simple or convenient enough to bother with. I have therefore always viewed them as a gimmick rather than a serious productivity tool. If the Mudita Pure functionality is straightforward and easy to use when it arrives, I may start using the Pure as my main calendar.
At present, I use a paper diary and a wall calendar. I quite often write “reminders” of upcoming events, the week / month before the actual event.
I have been using a Hobonichi Techo. It serves all my purposes and the brand is well known and supported.
I found a Youtube video with a great unboxing of the 2023 series: Hobonichi 2023 HD 1080 - YouTube
The admittedly very beautiful products shown are probably more expensive than a Mudita Pure. But you have to admit that you get a lot more plastic for your money.
I started using a physical planner this year after being massively red-pilled over the last few years. I lost a lot of trust in technology, or put another way, I realised a lot of risk with just relying on everything being kept as soft copies (e.g. a power outage). But my main motivation was when the government tried to track everyone and ask for papers over the last few years, I just left my phone at home so I won’t be forced to check in or use any QR codes (yes I know this topic is controversial and divisive). Long rant. Anyway, I bought planners of various sizes and materials until I finally settled on the one that suits me; so the initial learning process was very costly and I ended up with quite a few planners that I didn’t want. Finally, I decided to settle on Personal Planner size as per the Filofax ones but I use Kikki K brand, and I love it! It is thick enough to keep my yearly planner-journal (two pages per week is just right for me) and I record important appointments and social events and there is enough space even to print small photos/pictures on. Other than that, I keep some recipes there for when I buy groceries and need ingredient list because I enjoy cooking. It is also my dream journal when I have really strange and fantastic dreams I jot them down. Also to do lists and lots of other lists - reading list, shopping list etc. Important contacts. Cards. Right now I also have my eye on an A4 size planner that I plan to use for filing things more personal that I don’t need to take with me when I am out.
Oh how I agree with you. I also noticed during the pandemic what the government is capable of and how the surveillance was expanded more and more.
I also refused all this digital crap with the QR codes and I made my smartphone google free during this time to allow as little surveillance as possible.
As for the schedule, I’m also just about to reschedule the whole thing. Since I now only use the Mudita Pure and no more smartphone, I will manage my appointments analog again. I have been inspired here in the forum and ordered the Hobonichi planner. An expensive affair, but I live otherwise very minimalist and I can treat myself to something like that. I have read many articles and seen videos and am looking forward to holding the planner in my hands. For this I have ordered a handmade cover made of cork on Etsy.
Important to me was especially that the paper is good and you can write with ink. I love to write with fountain pens and have many different papers and inks.
I will report when the hobonichi has arrived.