How Hobonichi Taught Me Diligence

I caught onto the Hobonichi craze two years ago. Hobonichi is an incredibly well-designed planner from Japan that is popular amongst the journaling crowd for its soft and smooth paper, perfect size, and one page per day design. For a while, it paired exceptionally well with my Japanese studies, where my daily entry would have some sort of reference to what I had learned that day.

But as my studying slowed down, so did my inspiration to journal. I decided to let that 2016 journal die incomplete and pick up a new journal for 2017, deciding that it would be focused on my day-to-day life. It was a perfect outlet for creativity, especially during a time that I was stressed out. Most of my entries were me counting down the days until I moved away from a terrible roommate. Once I did move out, again my inspiration to journal kicked the bucket.

How Hobonichi Taught Me Diligence

The process itself I enjoy immensely, the problem was that I would sit at my desk ready to create only to have nothing really worth jotting down. Collaging a bunch of stationery with no point felt like a waste; not for lack of effort, it was simply that my Monday to Friday (a substantial part of the week, wouldn’t you say?) is entirely the same. Wake up, go to work, come home from work 8 hours later, unwind. I had exhausted every which way to make this sound interesting, to pull anything from the 9 to 5 life I live.

(I should add a disclaimer that I know it sounds super depressing that nothing from Monday to Friday is worth talking about, and there are certainly exceptions to that rule. I just live by a work hard play hard mentality, so I save up my mundane days to cash in on super fun ones. This blog is generally focused on the super fun ones.)

How Hobonichi Taught Me Diligence

So now it’s 2018 and I’m not journaling at all, though I certainly miss it. Whether it’s an intelligent decision or not, I decided to yet again invest in a 2018 Hobonichi – but this time, with a twist! I purchased the 2018 Weeks, a planner that is laid out in week format as opposed to the day-by-day pattern of the Hobonichi Techo. This version goes from April 2018 – March 2019, making it a companion that can carry me into next year. Isn’t it cute?

How Hobonichi Taught Me Diligence
How Hobonichi Taught Me Diligence

While I don’t see many inspiration spreads posted for the Weeks, my intention is to turn the journal into a rewarding end-of-week activity where I recall the most important aspects of that particular week. This way, I can leave behind the unmemorable days without feeling guilty that they were as such.

Now I just have to make sure something is worth talking about that week. I think that’s relatively low-pressure. I look forward to sharing my heightened level of diligence with you!