Happy Monday, fellow notebook fiends. I hope you had a lovely weekend. Mine was cloudy and cool – a wonderful preview of fall! On Monday mornings I like to take a few minutes to reflect back on the week that just ended. I use my Hobonichi Weeks to track my daily/weekly tasks, the habits I’m working to implement, and my writing time. I also spend a couple of minutes each day writing down a few things that I want to remember. Please read more for a peek into my notebook!
Very quickly: my journaling and step streaks continue, which feels like a miracle to me. Today is 134 days journaling and yesterday was 130 days with 10k steps or more.
The biggest goal I’m working towards is preparing my own meals and I wasn’t very successful with that this week. We haven’t done a proper shopping trip in a couple of weeks and it’s getting harder to rustle things up out of thin air! I don’t feel too guilty about it – I’m chalking it up to the laziness of the last few weeks of summer and am reminding myself how successful I had been recently. This week I really hope to sit down and follow Gretchen’s advice: come up with a few weeks worth of meals and rotate them. I hope that will get us through the first few months of school! But meal planning is my nemesis, so wish me luck.
Other than preparing my own meals, I did pretty well with the rest of my tasks and habits. It was really hot earlier in the week so I didn’t get as much done around the house, but I was able to catch back up as the week cooled down. Have I mentioned that I’m super thankful for the cool weekend?
We’ve reached the point in the year when my morning pages are full of angst about what notebooks to order for the next year. The Hobonichi books are available to order on 9/1 and I agonize over what to order every year. Last year I ordered two Weeks notebooks and only really used one. I’d like to write my morning pages on the luscious tamoe river paper, but can’t decide which notebook would be best.
I want to order a Cousin (the a5), but am not sure what I’d do with the weekly pages. I have a couple of old Cousin notebooks, so I’ve played with the weekly pages to see if I can’t make them work for me – but I can’t think of a way to make them useful!
I don’t know if the pages of the Original Techo are actually large enough for my purposes (A6 – 4 1/8 x 5 7/8), so I draw out the dimensions on a piece of paper and fold back the edges to see what a single sheet would look like. No, no. That won’t do. A5 is really best for my morning pages.
I don’t think I’m going to order a Weeks next year because I want to start using my 5 year book again. I love that I’ve gotten in the habit of writing just a few lines each day and would love it even more if I could compare it to previous years. I started using my 5 year book in 2019, but only wrote through March, so I think I’m going to cut up and tape index cards over the entries I’ve already made so that I don’t lose those 2019 entries and can still start fresh in 2021. Instead of a Hobonich Weeks for habit tracking and memory keeping, I’m going to order a few standard grid dot inserts for my Travelers Notebook and track habits and tasks there.
I think I’ll continue using Minimalism Art notebooks for morning pages. They’re not luxurious tamoe river paper with the dates stamped on each page, but they’re affordable and I’ve been loving them. 2021 might be the first year in a long time that I haven’t ordered anything from Hobonichi! (My husband and our bank account will be relieved.)
This is my decision this morning, but check with me again this afternoon. I’ll change my mind, I’m sure!
Does this happen to you with notebooks? Are you always on the lookout for the perfect new system and to find ways to use luxurious notebooks?? Please tell me I’m not the only one!
I’d like to invite you to share a peek into some of your own notebooks. All notebook love is welcome in this link up – bullet journals, diary style, nature journals, art journals, habit trackers, budget planners, meal planners, academic planners, Bible journaling, meditation tracking — if you’re writing in a notebook, then we want to hear about it! Even if you don’t share pictures, we still love hearing about how people’s notebooks help them through their daily life. Please leave a link to a recent blog post in the linkup to share your post. This linkup will stay open until next Monday, which is when we’ll start anew!