More Ideas

Over the past 7 months of using the Jibun Techo Planner, I have found it to be perfect for my needs.  This is the first planner I’ve used that hasn’t had me searching for a new one shortly after getting it.  Part of it is the flexibility of having the Idea Book.

I created an Index at the front of the book.  Then numbered the pages to keep track of where everything is.  It’s been valuable for documenting doctor appointments, travel plans, various types of activity trackers, etc.  In the next half of the year, my plans include creating a page for each of the remaining months in this year.  Those pages will be for creating goals and reflecting on what helped to advance those goals and what didn’t.

There are about 80 pages in the Idea Book. The number is a guestimate because some pages were used to jot down information on, then torn out and given to someone else. A quick game of tic tac toe with a niece here,  a list cool art supplies there, an impromptu ‘Honey Do’ list; you know…  despite that, the binding has kept it’s integrity.

There are two locations on each page where you can give it a page number.  Each page has a blank top corner and bottom corner square along the outer edge.  This is another way I find this planner to be flexible. When I’ve needed to turn the Idea Book sideways (binding at the top) to create an extra long tracker, I was still able to add a page number in my chicken scratch handwriting that could be easily read when holding it like that. Pretty nifty, huh?  It’s been a really good planner for me, thanks to it’s flexibility.


Jibun Techo Monthly Tracker Pages

Different examples of what to track and how to track.

The Year, the Month and the Days of the week in the Tracker section of the Jibun Techo.

After 2 months of using the Jibun Techo planner, I was trying to figure out how it could keep me on track with housework. I tried stickies and a number of other solutions before I realized that’s what this section could do.

How it works:

In the Diary, there are several pages dedicated to the months of the year, but not in typical calendar format. Above is a marked-up photo example of how the months of May and June appear.  What’s great about this section is that listed across the top line are all the days of the week labeled by number and day.  Down the left column is room for you to write up to 24 line items that you want to track.

You can choose any way you’d like to mark a task as finished, 3 of which I show in the photo above.

  • Example 1:  Using all 24 rows will require a small x (or colored square if you prefer.)  You can break this down by AM and PM if  you wish, since each day with this method gives you 2 tiny boxes to check.
  • Example 2: Using every other row, you can track 1-12 items.  Each day will give you a 2×2 square.  You can draw a nice-sized X to cover all four squares if you’d like.  This is also helpful for people who find writing small letters a bit difficult.
  • Example 3: Also for tracking only 1-12 items, to make your pages more bright or interesting try coloring each 2×2 square section instead of marking them with an X.

Along the right side of the page is another smaller column for notations.  If you wanted to, when using all 24 rows, you could make it look tidier by labeling the first line item in the left column and the 2nd on the right, and alternate thereafter.  Also, nothing prevents you from using check marks, circles, smiley faces or drawing colored lines through the boxes.  I liked tracking items this way so much that I created a weekly tracker in the blank pages of the Idea book for things that wouldn’t fit in this section.

I chose household chores, but you could keep track of anything.  For some ideas:

  • Exercising.
  • Healthy eating.
  • Dining out.
  • When your kids clean their rooms.
  • Allergies.
  • Taking medications.
  • Days you completed a specific goal.

Let me know if you’ve also used this section, or if you know of other ways that made this tracker useful. I’d love to hear from you.


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.