Happy Monday! Can you believe July is nearly over? I know it’s cliché, but I have no idea where this summer has gone. That’s one of the reasons I’m so grateful for this little notebook habit of mine – it’s easy to look back and see that, yes, I actually existed this summer. Without it, I would have no idea what’s been keeping me busy!


Last week was full of my favorite things yet again – books, knitting, and rain. And now we can add the Olympics to the mix! I love the games and am trying to watch as much as I can in the evenings, which meant a slight shift in focus for me as the week went on. And that’s okay because admiring the dedication and focus of these athletes makes it all worthwhile.

I’m short on time this morning, so I’m going to offer you the above snapshot of my planner last week and answer a quick question just below.

Last week, Juliann asked:
“I am curious how you are like the Jibun and wonder if you will stick with this format next year. I know a lot of planner folks are already considering their 2022 planner.”

I wanted to answer that here because it’s totally relevant to these posts. The answer is YES – I’m planning to stick with the Jibun Techo. This is the time of year that I go into full-on angst mode about ordering my next planner and that hasn’t happened at all. For me, the Jibun Techo mini is the perfect compromise: it has all of the components of the Hobonichi cousin that I love without the daily pages that I don’t use and it offers a little more space than the Traveler’s Notebook insert I was using last year. I love the size of this notebook, the feel of it in my hands, and it fits well in my newest notebook cover. This is the first year I’m going into planner-buying season feeling confident about my choice (which sounds totally ridiculous, I know).


I’m hoping to be back with a One Little Word update tomorrow, but I’m feeling scrunched so I might be a little late with this month’s update. If I don’t make it, then I hope you we can catch up soon. Take good care!

5 thoughts

  1. As a new reader, I had to go back and read several posts to get the gist of what you are doing. You use a notebook/planner to keep track of your days and then use it for creative inspiration? Sort of a diary/activity planner? Wonderful idea! How long have you been doing this?

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  2. It must be so rewarding to look back at your notebook and see a real record of how you’ve spent your time, especially when the days seem to fly by as they have recently (why is it that the longest days of the year seem to go by faster?).

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  3. I like your idea for next year’s planner! I am trying Hobonichi Techo weeks planner this year… and I am loving it! It gives me a week… with room to write. (Plus a month at a glance) It is working really well for me!

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  4. oh I love seeing these spreads and happy they’re gonna continue – it does seem like this system is your planner sweet spot! and Oh My! you finished the shawl collar on Spark?!? already?!?

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