Mock-up of page to show sections & content
As promised, here is my current daily layout for the Hobonichi Techo Cousin. I know that heavily templated daily planners are all the rage lately (Day Designer, Simple Planner, and many more) but I love the flexibility (and the look) of doing it myself. This way, I get to decide exactly what goes on the page, and how much space every category gets.
I realize that the above is rather small and blogger tends to do something odd to wash out photos, so I also uploaded a shareable version on Google Drive: HERE.
A brief summary of each section:
Checkboxes at the top: I use these to record morning activities. Currently, they are M (meditation), J (journal), and whatever workout/run I have planned.
Checkboxes along the left: These are for each patient scheduled - I check off the box once the note is DONE! Oddly motivating. I will also note any scheduled meetings or time-sensitive activities in this area.
Under the checkboxes: An area to plan an evening activity (usually something as mundane as Watch Silicon Valley but I like having something to look forward to!)
HOME / WORK to-do lists: Pulled from my weekly list and culled to just a couple of items each so that these are actually manageable (for me, this is key; I get very overwhelmed looking at the full weekly list and do much better when I decide in advance what to tackle on any given day).
Bottom left, in red: Nutrition log. I do not use any food related apps, nor do I count calories or subscribe to any specific limitations. I have decided I am a moderator in this realm :) But writing down what I eat helps me to ensure that moderation actually stays . . . moderate. For me, this is a great way to remain accountable/aware without inviting obsession.
Bottom right: Blog ideas, random thoughts, memories, etc.
So there you have it! As 2016 planner season draws near, I will do some more posts on how my use of the other sections of the Hobonichi has evolved (2016 will be my 3rd :) ).
Which planner are you using in 2016? Do you like a "fixed" layout, or something more flexible?