I wrote about my current planning system recently in A Planning Update post. I touched on the journal that I keep at the moment but I did hint that I was going to change things a little.
I've kept a journal on and off for a long time. I used to try to write in a diary every day but I never kept up with it and the empty pages which I hadn't filled in would put me off continuing with it, and so eventually, I found that using an undated journal worked best for me.
The journal I keep now was started back in 2006. It's just a plain old A4 size lined note book and I write in it as and when I have something to say. That's got a lot more frequent over the last few years as I gained more time for myself, so I've decided to go back to a dated diary and try writing on a daily basis again.
Sucked in by posts on Instagram and videos on You Tube, I've fallen on the Hobonichi bandwagon. A Hobonichi Techo is a planner notebook, though I'm happy in the way I use my Filofax for planning so I won't be using it as such, it will just be used as my journal.
One of the things I like about it is its size, it's a compact A6 which I think will give me just the right amount of space. There's a page dedicated to each day which is enough when I've got something to say but not too much to overwhelm me. The pages are printed on Tomoe River Paper which is incredibly thin. This helps keep the book compact enabling one whole year to fit in one small planner rather than in separate books. This paper is bleed resistant meaning that I'll be able to use my fountain pen without the ink showing through onto the next page.
The Techo is a Japanese planner which is used for more than scheduling, it's also used for sketching and chronicling daily life.
I just hope that I can keep up with jotting something down each day.