My 2021 notebook angst continues! I’m at a crossroads this week and am working through two formats. Keep reading to take a peek at what I’ve been working on.
I’ll start out by saying that my journaling streak is now one week longer (today is Day 169)! And I’ve continued using my Hobonichi Weeks for habit tracking and meal planning, but I’ve definitely lost some of my earlier gusto with this system. I think this will be my last week with this notebook because….
Mary’s post last week reminded me how much I enjoyed tracking activities throughout the day. I ordered the same notebook she uses (this TN insert) and it arrived on Thursday. I immediately put it into my Travelers Notebook and began making notes throughout the day. And then I thought: color coding! That could be fun. So I picked out a couple of Crayola Twistables that spoke to me and started assigning colors to activities (pink = personal reading; purple = Blackberry Bluff School; turquoise = writing; blue = outside; yellow = stitching). And then all of a sudden, this felt familiar.
I pulled out my Hobonichi Cousin from 2018 and realized that I was using nearly the same color coding system back then! Pink for reading, green for writing, yellow for work. I used purple for stitching time rather than homeschooling, but I was clearly consistent with my color palette. And flipping back through this old notebook crystallized my desire to return to the Hobonichi Cousin for 2021. For now. And here’s why:
- there’s dedicated room for the day to start by 4am
- there’s plenty of space for lists. You can see in this picture that I utilized the far left column and the end of each day for to-do lists and notes.
- After the weekly layouts, there are daily layouts that are perfect for daily journaling.
- The notebook lays flat, so it’s easy to plunk it down anywhere and use it as needed.
- The paper, y’all. The font. The layout. This notebook is beautiful.
A few weeks ago I wrote that I wasn’t going to order a Hobonichi notebook this year and was at peace with that decision. And then last week I said that I would order a Hobonichi Weeks, but that’s it. And now I’m back to justifying ordering The Cousin. The ultimate notebook. Why is this process so hard for me??! And it’s not even October; there’s still over a quarter of the year left. Am I the only one who struggles with this?
I’d like to invite you to share a recent post about your own notebooks. Are you experiencing the same sort of angst as I am? What are the factors that help you make your decision? I’d love to learn from your wisdom! Please feel free to leave a link to your post to share some inspiration and encouragement with other notebook lovers.