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Jibun Techo Planner 2017 – Part 2

Hi everyone, welcome to my second review of the Jibun Techo 2017!

Because there isn’t a lot of information about this planner in English, I’m hoping to shed some light on what the pages are for and how I’ve been using it. Let me just say, I’m thrilled I purchased this planner.

My first blog post was an unboxing and general overview of what I received when I ordered all three books that come with the complete planner.  The 3 sections consist of the following: Diary, Life, and Idea. Feel free to check out Part 1 Here if you missed it.

  • Diary: the only section out of the three that you would need to purchase annually since it has the calendars you can write in.
  • Idea:  a blank, grid lined book for notes, sketches, etc.  That section may or may not get used up each year.

This review will focus on the first part of the Jibun Techo: The Life book.

img_0155The Life book is meant to keep your life organized.  It provides pages for who to contact in emergencies, plus some other great features, like the 100 Wishes List. Normally you wouldn’t need to replace the Life book each year unless there was accidental damage or excessive wear and tear.

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The Bucket List – one of my favorite sections

The Life book sections are as follows as best as I understand them:

        • Life’s Dream:      Your goals for Work, Study, Travel, Health, Family, Networking, Etc.
        • 100 Wish List:     Bucket List tracker with tick boxes when you complete them.
        • Personal Motto tracker:  Keep a list of your personal mottos, see how they change.
        • Life Plan:           40-year Home & Family Budget Tracker.
        • Anniversaries:     A page per month for birthdays, anniversaries & holidays.
        • World Map:          A map of the world.  Useful in a pinch.
        • Map of Japan:      Very basic outline, again useful in a pinch.
        • My News:            Track events in your life from ages 1-99.
        • Family Tree:        A couple pages for your family trees.
        • Emergency #s:     The planner suggests it’s for people to contact if you’ve died.  I used it for my family’s doctors’ contact info.
        • Password Hint:     Keep this info in a safe place.
        • Financial Management: Track financial institutions, credit card companies, numbers and PINs, Life insurance policies and Securities Accounts.

My favorite sections

The Anniversaries section is pretty useful, in my opinion. This will keep you from having events sneak up on you. You can see one month at a time in list form. This way you’re not weeding out extraneous information and the visual noise that you’d see if you just used a standard calendar.

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Another helpful section is the My News section.  It has 2 columns for you, one for family and one for world events. You fill out the years in the white boxes that correspond to your age that year.  Here are some suggestions off the top of my head for how to use these pages:

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  • When you started your new job so you have it ready for your next resume.
  • When you moved to a new apartment or home.
  • When your daughter took her first steps.
  • When your son hit his first home run.
  • When the Cubs won the World Series.
  • When you had your tires rotated or oil changed.
  • When you went on a fabulous cruise.
  • When your family went on a picnic.
  • When you passed your dad in height.
  • When you started your successful diet and lost 30 lbs.
  • When you had your surgery or how old you were when your mom died so you can feel like a smarty-pants filling out those medical forms at the doctor’s office.

Track anything you want.  Make great memories or just to feel like a smarty-mcsmarty-smart in front of your friends.  Bottom line: super useful.

There are the other sections that are really nice too. The Life Plan allow you to enter financial and other personal information.  You can track yearly expenses for utilities, your savings, your income, etc.  All great and the sections are well planned out.

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A WORD OF CAUTION:  With the information in the financial section, in the wrong hands, someone could put together enough information to hack into your bank accounts, steal your identity, guess the answers to your security question, and/or figure out how to hack into websites you log into.  Think about it very carefully before putting too much information in here and then taking it out in public.

So why buy the Life book if there could be a risk?  Here’s why.  

There’s no reason you couldn’t make a copy of the blank pages relating to your financial institutions and credit cards, for example, fill them out and put them in a safe deposit box in the event of your passing or incapacitation. There’s no reason you couldn’t just keep the book in a locked briefcase or drawer or file cabinet.  The time and effort it will save you in the long run by having this data all in one place can’t be measured.  Just be sure to control who has access to this if you do fill it out.

Keeping this data in an electronic format is a great idea, I’ve done it. But what happens when you need emergency contact information and you’re in a place where there’s no cellular or Wi-Fi coverage to access the data in the cloud? What will you do when your phone has to go in for repair?  What’s your backup plan for when you’re away from home on vacation and your computer takes a header into a lake?  What if you simply enjoy the feel of good paper and the sensation of writing things down?

In my opinion, this planner is great for people who don’t need a lot of writing space and want to keep things simple.  You get multiple ways of viewing and tracking events, so if one way doesn’t work for you, you have other options. It’s great for people who just can’t seem to keep all their documents and contacts and calendars in one place.  This will give them that option.

Not sure if it’s right for you?  I have one more blog post scheduled covering the additional features of the Diary beyond the calendar pages listed in Review #1.  Stay tuned!

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Jibun Techo Planner Review Part 1

Great day to you all!

I couldn’t believe it, but the Jibun arrived about 10-14 days sooner than expected.

I found the best deals on Ebay, because shipping was included. I didn’t order from the manufacturer directly since their website is in Japanese.  While I do have a translator extension that I use with Chrome that translates entire pages, it was still easier to order from Ebay.

My planner arrived in a box from Japan.  Inside that, the planner was wrapped in bubble wrap.  After removing the bubble wrap, which I was too excited to pop, (shocking, I know!) I held the Jibun in my hands.

It had a nice cellophane wrapper on it with a gold sticker:


Removing the cellophane was no easy task. Ok, nail clippers aren’t designed for this job but I was on the phone with a friend at the time and it was all I had.  Moms have evolved to be resourceful, and as a proud member of this group, whether the rest like my membership or not, I am here.  I will add on a side note that this includes moms of fur babies, dolls and plants. If you’ve ever called yourself a mom, you are resourceful.

Back to the planner,  Jibun is beautiful.  It’s a beautiful shade of white and mine came in a soft plastic cover. Inside the pocket in the back cover I discovered a ruler with an elastic band. Super cool!


The complete planner comes with 3 books with their covers tucked into the cover sleeves. I purposely included a bobby pin in this photo to give you an idea of the thickness of the components:


The planner has a solid feel to it. And then there are the pages. I’d heard such great things about writing on Tomoe River paper in both this planner and the Hobonichi planner that I was skeptical it wouldn’t live up to it’s reputation. I wasn’t disappointed. I tested out a Staedler fine point marker and a different fine point. Both write beautifully and the ghosting is just that. The ink doesn’t bleed through.


The Jibun also has two silky ribbons for bookmarks. They have a bit of a sheen to them and feel very nice.


You can see in the photo above that the calender in this Weekly View uses the 24 hour clock.  The designer has gone through the time and expense to include Sunrise and Sunset times. The photo must be of a Spring month because the dark gray numbers start about 6:30 pm.  It litterally changes each week based on actual projected Sunrises and Sunsets.  Saturdays are always blue and Sundays are always red. In the Weekly View, the week starts with Monday! I love this planner!!

All of the instructions are in Japanese. I used a Google Translate  app on my phone to figure most of them out. Here’s a very condensed version of the concept for the Weekly View. There are other calendars and trackers in this planner, but this is the meat and potatoes for this one:


You can track weather for fun or to see if it affects your moods and health. Or as I read with Google Translate, you’ll be able to evoke memories and know when you last saw a rainbow. So cute!!! And you can track moods at the bottom. I love this. You just may find you’re either happier than you thought or maybe need to make some changes for the better. I like this concept.

You can either plan meals at the bottom or track what you ate and with whom, if you want. Example: the name of a cute man/woman you just met.  😀

You can frame or box events, but you can also just jot things down you want to remember like “call Aunt XYZ”or  “TV: record the show JND.”

It’s recommended that if an appointment or event has a set time (sorry for my handwriting, my notes in the book look like I said “get time”), you can use a double ended arrow to denote that. Use a single ended arrow for events that might have a specific start time but a loosey-goosey end time, like your visit to the dentist that might take foreverrrrr.

SYMBOLS:  Because space is tight, it’s a great idea to use symbols for events.  An airplane for a trip, a car for Uber or taxi, or just circle the initials of the person you’re going to meet. Stickers, stamps, hand drawn, it’s all good.  You can make it look however you want.

It’s recommended to use red ink for private events like doctor visits or high priority events. Use blue for everything else. I must say, those colors look better than black ink on this paper. I also use pencil. You’ve seen my handwriting…I erase a lot of mistakes, but it is much harder to read at a glance.

The back cover insert:


And that concludes my review: part one. There’s not a lot of information in English on this amazing planner, so I hope this helps others interested in it.  Bottom line, it’s great for working adults who don’t need all the flare and writing space of say, an Erin Condrin, but want more structure than a Franklin Covey. I’m in love with this planner.  With the next few reviews, you’ll see how versatile it is.