A few weeks ago I shared that September is a hard month for me, but it’s for a silly reason. This is the time of year when I go into major angst mode about next year’s notebooks. Every week I think I have it figured out, and then I change my mind again. And again. And again. In this post, the angst continues.
Last week I said I was definitely going back to the Hobonichi Cousin, but I’ve now used the TN insert for a full week and I’m seeing some advantages of this format.
- I can slip this is in my Travelers Notebook and still have my commonplace notebook nearby for a few quick thoughts or quotes. If I switch to a Cousin, then I’d have to carry two sets of notebooks around for the little things that crop up.
- I’ve found a way to notate my very early morning hours by using the blank boxes at the top of each day. There’s just enough room to fit in rows for 4:30-6:30. Maybe this will curtail this fleeting notion I have about trying to wake up even earlier?
- I already wanted a new Travelers Notebook cover that would fit my moleskine cahier notebooks, which I use for my book log and my commonplace book. Although this insert is standard sized and a bit skinnier than my moleskines, it would still fit in the travelers notebook that I’m eyeing right now. Or… this one? Or? (I think I could add links for hours.)
- This system costs $10/year. The Hobonichi system… doesn’t.
So all of this means that I haven’t made up my mind yet. And — it’s still only September so I’m reminding myself not to go into a tailspin yet.
This morning marked 176 days straight of journaling! I’m always amazed when I tally up my updated count every Monday morning. I’ve never been so consistent with anything and I’m very pleased. It’s been so long now that it seems like I can’t remember a morning when I didn’t write a page in my notebook before doing anything else. And getting up to journal every morning sets the groundwork for me to turn to my computer and work on blog posts, which has led to the consistency with my blog that I’ve always wanted. Isn’t it funny how strengthening one habit (journaling) leads to another (blogging)?
Now it’s your turn to share your own notebooks! I’m no longer using the InLinkz system because I got a few messages saying that it wasn’t working for some reason. So please feel free to leave your link in the comments to share a recent post about how your notebooks have been helpful for you.