I started using the Jibun Techo B5 sometime in February last year. Now almost a year of using the Jibun, I dare say I’ve finally found planner peace. If you don’t know about the Jibun Techo you can read my first post on the planner here.

In a nutshell, the full set of the Jibun Techo comes in a set of three. The Life book, the Diary and the Ideas book. My set up for 2017 was one Diary plus two Ideas notebook. I didn’t make much use of the Life book and left it at home mostly unused. To be honest, I didn’t really have time to explore the Life book because it needed some translation work to fill up but I’m planning to make use of it a little bit more for 2018 since I have just discovered the Google translate phone app… *slaps forehead, rolls eyes*

For 2017, I mostly in the weekly calendar section of the Diary. The Jibun has many other sections but I ignored it for the most part of the year because I just wanted to try planning using their weekly calendar page. My last planner was a Hobonichi A6. I love the Hobonichi A6 but not as a primary life planner. The one page a day was a big turnoff for me because I attend a lot of meetings and the one-pager is simply not enough to cover my meeting notes for the day or I don’t use the page at all and leave it empty.

There are a few reasons why I love the Jibun Techo’s weekly diary layout:
– I love that I can see my whole weeks activity at a glance.
– There is enough space to bullet journal my to-do-list for the day in each daily section as well as space at the side of the journal to list out goals for the week.
– There is also a section at the bottom to plan what to cook for each day, which is important because I try my best to plan ahead my meals so that I can also plan my grocery list.
– I love that its also a grid styled book, this is more of a personal preference.
– The paper quality is excellent for the rare times that I use my fountain pens. I write mostly using a mechanical pencil.

I used the Ideas notebook for all my meeting notes and used a total of 6 books in 2017. Yup, I DO TAKE A LOT OF MEETING NOTES.

The only thing I had a problem with was the size. It was kinda big to carry around in my handbag as an everyday carry.
Here are a few samples of how I’ve used the Jibun in 2017.

Seeing that I love the Jibun Techo’s diary which is the most important part for me in a planner, I’ve decided to continue on with the Jibun Techo for 2018 but in a B6 biz mini size. I am going to fully explore and use ALL books and sections of the Jibun Techo as much as I can this year.

I’m currently one month in with my 2018 Jibun Techo B6. I absolutely love it. Looking to find time to write a full review on the Japanese planner soon.

If you’d like to find out more about the Jibun Techo, you can read my first post on the Japanese planner here.

Written by Tash

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