As promised, here is how I have set up my Van Der Spek Hobonichi Cousin (A5) Codex cover.
I am generally a ring organiser user and I am always very minimal. I have three vertical week on two page calendars back to back (1 for lesson bookings, one for translation hours, and one for daily to dos). Behind them I have lined paper that holds longer term to dos. I never need to write much – just initials, numbers and perhaps a word or two as a reminder. I very seldom write anything pertaining to organisation in my private life, apart from grocery shopping lists and laundry times.
For the past few months, however, my organisational needs for my private life have changed. I have been renovating my apartment as well as selling things at a local auction house, on local online bulletin boards and online auction sites, at various vintage shops, and via my blog. For this I need to keep records of who is coming to do/collect things when, who I need to email, auction dates, viewing dates, what to list and post on each day, when I post things, where to meet people, and various running totals.
For the past few months I have attempted to control this new part of my life in a Hobonichi Cousin planner, while keeping my work related stuff in my senior VDS Touch Me ring binder in black. Because that worked, I have now tried to combine my work and my private things in one Hobonichi Cousin.
What I like about the Hobonichi Cousin is not only the lovely thin and light Tomoe River paper, but also that it has so many sections. There is a:
- yearly overview (where I write the days of upcoming auctions and track my sleep – a new thing for me!),
- a monthly overview (where I record my translation hours)
- a weekly schedule (where I record my teaching bookings)
- a daily schedule (here I write my to dos for each day as well as a record of what I list for sale and where).
Because it contains Tomoe River paper, one book fits all this in a regular A5 sized book without any extra weight.
I have now set up the VDS red JL Hobonichi cover (called a Codex). As with all things, it will change and evolve but I am really glad I had time to fiddle with it before my term starts and gets really hectic!
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