I'll sing the praises of the Hobonichi Techo. I've used everything from Filofax to MTN to composition notebooks to Rhodia pads to Clairefontaine notebooks to Field Notes, and the Techo hits the sweet spot of page size (A6), paper quality (Tomoe River), layout and year+month+day views. I use it for organizing, journaling, scrapbooking and even filing - none of them to excess, but all of them to my satisfaction. It's worth trying for a year with one of the cheap covers. I don't regret it.
Regarding Hobonichis: I bought one this year for the first time and I love it. Fit and finishing is superb. I plan to use mine as a daily journal rather than planner, so that I have a set amount of space each day and hopefully that will make it easier to fill it. But regardless of how you use it, I think everyone could find something to love about it. :-)
“Time, people, and well-wishes might pass you up as you make your way forward, but that’s OK. Just keep walking with your head up; you’ll meet them all at the end of the road.”—Quote from the green 2015 Hobonichi Techo box.
Warnings: The pages are thin. This has advantages, but I'd recommend getting zebra mildliners [for highlighting if you want] and very fine point pens. I use 0.5 or smaller generally. Also, the english website is still pretty fresh, so if you're planning to get the cover for it, do so as soon as you can. Once they run out, that's it til the next round of product next year.
It wouldn't let me respond to the post, but I have a Hobonichi Techo and I positively adore it. The size is perfect for me. I do have very small handwriting, but the pages are gridded so all may enjoy. There's plenty of space for drawing and whatnot since there are monthly and daily sections, and there are interesting quotes on each page. A friend of mine saw me with it, and he's planning on getting one for this coming year.
@Anon I just received my hobonichi in the mail today. I've been forever looking for the perfect planner and i do believe that I have found the right one. I use a filofax for work but I believe that the hobonichi is much more of a life/personal planner. Tumblr blogs such as hobonichilove and thehobonichi have examples of how it's used and people get quite creative! there are many different covers you can buy as well to suit your notebook :)
If I place an order for the planner book and a restocked cover that doesn't ship until December, will they ship the planner on its own first and then ship the cover once it's available, or ship them both together in December?
Good question! Orders only ship when every last item is ready, so if you’ve got both those things in the same order, it’ll all ship together in December.
meatfart said: Are there Yearly Index or Index-like pages available for download on the website via that Extras kinda section?
There aren’t any downloadable duplicates of the index page yet, actually. (A copying machine might do the trick since the book binding opens flat, but I haven’t tried yet.) Here’s a link to the other pages available for free download/printing. Also for the record, I personally don’t mind taping in extra pages via printer paper since I’m constantly taping in random things on/between my pages anyway. I’ve heard of someone that managed to print on separately-ordered Tomoe River paper, which sounds a little scary to me because it’s so thin, but I suppose it could theoretically be an option if you had an agreeable printer. :)
As far as shipping, it all depends on where you live and how much is in your shopping cart. If you add all you want in your shopping cart and view your cart, it’ll have a guideline on the bottom of the cart outlining the estimated shipping so you can see before you actually buy. That’s the shipping cost, and in addition, handling is a flat 500 yen (about $5 USD) for the whole order.
Hi! I just bought my first hobonichi for 2015 (eek!) and now I'm planning the ways I'll use each page so I can maximize the techo for as much as I can. Can you give us a few examples on how to use the yearly index? I already have an idea of how I'll use it, but I'd like the know a few suggestions before 2015 starts--maybe there's a better way to use them. Thanks!
I actually want to put together a lengthy article covering yearly index examples when I have time, because it’s such an awesome and surprisingly useful section once you get a feel for how you want to make it work for yourself.