Hobonichi Techo for 2021

If you’re a visual person, you can watch the brief unboxing video on my IGTV @hobominci. Otherwise, you can read about my purchase choice below.

This is my 4th year using Hobonichi. I have used the A6 English planner, A5 Cousin Avec and the MegaWeeks. Out of the 3, I personally love the MegaWeeks because you have just enough space to write down your To-do’s and still have room for a bit of creative journaling. It seems befitting for my busy schedule. Furthermore, it is small enough for me to carry it with me everywhere.

However

What I wasn’t expecting for the Year 2020 was the fact that I enrolled in a part time degree programme of which I found that using the MegaWeeks was not suitable. I needed something that I could journal in my most intimate feelings, thoughts and activities whilst at the same time being able to plan my day and tick things off a checklist.

I ended up buying a 5 year Hobonichi Techo and a mini weekly planner, said to be the companion to the A6 planner. If only I could have the Cousin Avec Monthly and Weekly layout but without the daily pages. Is there such a planner?? That would be useful I think for students. Or I could use the Kokuyo loose leafs instead. Surely they have a monthly and weekly template?

I am extremely excited to see if I could be consistent in my 5 year Hobonichi entry. It will probably be filled with the most mundane things in life although when you reminisce on these moments, they are quite interesting actually. It is so common yet so special. Cause regardless of what one thinks, that one moment never repeats itself the exact way it happens for the first time.

Study Planner

I have been a fan of planners and diaries since secondary school. Each student received this ‘school diary’ that you can use anyway you liked. Some students ditch it into The Unknown somewhere upon receiving it, others use it for note taking. I used it diligently to write diary entries and simple plans like ‘going out for an outing’ or ‘parents coming’ etc.

As time passes by, I still write in diaries but they were separate from my planners. I keep these diaries in my memory box. I began broadcasting my feelings and thoughts online through blogging in my second year of 2nd year of medical school. It took a while before I settled down here on WordPress. I think I love it for its clean features.

It was only later that I learned about the existence of a planner community and adult-like planners. I was spoilt with choices. This is my 3rd year using Hobonichi and I am contemplating on whether to continue with it next year. I had thought the Hobonichi Mega Weeks was my ideal planner until I enrolled myself in my current degree program. I needed something more practical and wholesome. I liked the Cousin Avec Weekly layout but it would be a hassle to carry it around especially when you have private journal entries at other areas of the book. I am looking out for the A6 companion weekly planner. I hope it will still be around in 2021. That would definitely go into my cart.

I am currently eye-ing the Kokuyo and Jibun Techo. To a certain extent, the TN planner. I will be using the Kokuyo Weekly Campus Study Planner for Semester 3. I am not quite sure if it will work well for part time students but we will see.