Mid-year techo kaigi

With the first six months of 2023 now already over, I think it’s time to look back at my original planner plan and check what worked and what didn’t there. I already did a revision in March and it turns out, I stuck pretty close to that since then.

Personal task management

As already hinted at in the post in March, I moved the task management aspects out of my Hobonichi planner into a Traveler’s Notebook passport-size with dot-grid inserts. Here I use two booklets: One for regular task planning including weekly lists and one for long-term planning and projects that should stick around for longer than 6 months.

I’m still experimenting with the format, switching back and forth between a classic bullet journal (weekly + daily) and a week-focused format with a modified Alastair-style.

Pen: Pilot Frixion Ball Clicker 0.5 black


This is now the sole domain of the Hobonichi Planner A6. Memories and especially highlights and lowlights are tracked here. I also wanted to add more photos to it but apart from two events that hasn’t happened yet. That being said, I still want to do it and … just need to do it 😅 Ignoring that, though, I think the Planner works really well for this use-case. I couldn’t do actual planning with it, though, as I require some kind of weekly step where I can just add things that I want to get done that week without pinning it to a specific day.

Pen: TWSBI Diamond 580 ALR (Blue) with TWSBI blue-black

Work planner

Here I’m still using the MD Notebook (A5, gridded, inside a Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter) that I set out to use for that. It continues to work well especially in combination with floating Alastair bullet journaling. Rapid logging isn’t necessary for this use-case, only task management. I try to always to a bit of a review at the end of every week and lay out a plan for the next week on the last day.

Pen: Pilot Capless with Platinum Carbon Black and TWSBI Diamond 580 ALR with Lamy Mango ink

Overall I’m quite happy with the setup although I sometimes miss the flexibility of an A5 notebook for my personal planning/bullet-journaling. Perhaps I will still be able to get my hands on an A5 Plotter for next year 😁