December is mostly about the holidays, but of course as the 2015 comes barreling to a close, I’m thinking about what notebooks and planning system I’m going to be using in 2016. I’ve been thinking about this for a long time, mainly because I want to start the year off right. I think it must be my OCD that says pressure’s on if I’ve got the opportunity to start on January 1st and do the whole year off.
“This is a lot…” you say. I can only agree. What can I say. It’s what got me into this hot mess to begin with. You know, opening a stationery shop. And then moving in behind it.
Here’s the breakdown:
My Midori Traveler’s Regular Size Notebook (happens to be the Pan Am Blue, which was a special edition run that’s now out of stock)
– 019 Calendar Refill for everyday planning, to-do lists, appointments, and what’s happening in the shop. I like this diary insert that has the week on one side and a grid page on the facing side, so I can make a “weekly” to-do list that conveniently follows along with the path of time as it gets longer, so it sort of matches up with the general day of the week.
– Grid Refill for organizing larger scale projects, or planning out blog ideas: this is great when I have a blog idea, but it needs a week or a month to really percolate, and I can write notes that occur to me on the page as I go about my day.*
– Plain Refill for messing around with (doodling, random notes, testing out pens and inks customers bring in, ripping out sheets for notes)
*Actually, this is what I tell myself is happening, but what really happens is I have a blog idea, and I write some notes about it, and then I forget about it completely, and in a month I come back to the page and think, hmm, maybe I’ll write about this blog idea.
My Hobonichi Techo in a Midori A6 Goatskin Leather Cover
I think I’m going to use this as a bit of a reflection or gratitude journal. I’m still going to have my regular journal (see below), but I’m going to use this to pause and think about what’s great in the day. It might be quotations or an interesting thought that I’ve come across in my day, or just a few things to be thankful for. I told Jon about this plan, and he asked if he was going to be number one. We’ll see.
The format of having just one A6 size page a day will be good (I think/hope) for reflecting on just the highlight of the day, just the one or two or maybe three thoughts that I really want to think about. Maybe I’ll break out one of my flex nibs.
I would love to be able to (washi-)tape in some photos, but I’m worried that the thin paper, which already wrinkles and thickens up the notebook as you write in it, will become uncontrollable with the addition of photos. We’ll see.
The leather is new and a bit stiff, but I’m excited to work it in. There are covers made by Hobonichi, which are also nice and come in a few different colours, but I figured I want to try the Hobonichi out long-term, so I’m investing in something a bit more durable and also natural. It’s hard to resist leather.
My Quo Vadis Habana “Daily” Journal
I don’t think I’ve ever really shared what I use for my own personal journal! Many moons ago, I started a series On Journal Writing, but it’s been a bit busy in the shop, and unfortunately I’ve let it go by the wayside. The series looked at other people’s journals, and I have a list of journals and diaries I want to explore in 2016, so stay tuned and excited!
However, I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned my own journaling supplies. I’m currently using a Quo Vadis Habana. I used a Rhodia Webnotebook in the past, but switched to the Habana for a slightly larger page size (Webnotebook is truer to A5, Habana is between A5 and B5). I think next I’m going to try a Life B5 notebook (possibly the Noble Note, or possibly the KB4), as it’s softcover, so it’s lighter to carry.
This I’m using to continue on with my daily grumblings and aspirations and discoveries. I say daily a bit euphemistically because it’s not always daily, although I wish it was.
Midori MD A4 Notebook with a Midori A4 Goatskin Leather Cover
I’m using this to make note of funny and interesting memories of Caleb, along with a few photos. I’m definitely no scrapbooker, although not for lack of trying. I’ve seen YouTube videos where they show you how, but I think I’m missing a few of the crafting genes.
The thicker MD paper is great for being able to hold up Instax photos as well as actual photos we’ve had developed. I also occasionally tape mementos in, but I don’t really have any! Or I guess I should say I’m not identifying them appropriately as items to be taped in.
So these are my notebooks for 2016! While this is all subject to changing over the year, this is what I’m going to start 2016 with.
I wouldn’t say that I’m necessarily terrible or not terrible at keeping New Years’ Resolutions, but this isn’t so much a resolution as it is just what I’m going to be using next year. I’m actually already using the Traveler’s Notebook, my journal, and my notebook for Caleb, but I’m going to try to be a bit more organized about it all. And I’m hoping my life will get itself organized, too.
It’s always great to see what others are doing with their paper and analogue systems, and I would love to hear if you’ve got plans for how you’re going to organize 2016, whether it’s on paper or in something tech-y!