Japanese planner notebook: The Best Japanese Planners – A Wandering Scribbler

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The Best Japanese Planners – A Wandering Scribbler

Japanese Planners have quickly found popularity all over the world. And while you might know a few names, like Hobonichi, or Midori, there are so many out there that you should check out. While I could go on and on forever about all of the great options for planners including the minimal Muji planners, inexpensive ones you can find at Daiso, or well-known and loved brands like Nolty or Rollbahn, I wanted to focus on arguably the top four most well-known Japanese Planner brands and break down all of the various options they offer. Because, if you scroll down, there are so. Many. Options.  And only you know which planner will work best for you and which style suits your taste.  So, without going on and on, here are, in my opinion, the best Japanese planners.

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If you just want to see the planners I chose here’s the TLDR: 

Further down I go into detail about what each planner to help you in choosing your next one.  

What to Think About when Choosing a Planner:

Format: 

Standard planners come in one of three formats: daily, weekly, or monthly. Most daily and weekly planners also include monthly calendars so you can plan events and projects in advance. And some planners, like the Hobonichi cousin, have monthly, weekly, and daily pages all in one planner which is a great option for those who want versatility or who need all of that space to keep track of their busy schedules.

Daily planners, as you’d guess, dedicate one page per day. Creative journalers and artists will find daily planners useful. With so much free space, journal entries and drawings will have plenty of room to fit. This is how I use the daily pages of the Hobonichi A6: using it to journal and document my life for posterity and as a creative outlet. But you can also use the daily pages to help you get even more organized, by allowing you to focus on one day at a time and having a large amount of space for your schedule and to-do lists.

To visualize an entire week in an efficient way, weekly planners fit the bill. Some use a vertical format that is often accompanied by an hourly tracker. A horizontal weekly planner can be designed in one of two ways: the week taking up the left and right page, or the week on the left and a blank page on the right. This is how my Kokuyo Jibun Techo is set up.  I use this as my function planner to keep track of our schedule and my tasks and to do lists.  If I didn’t have this planner my life would almost literally fall apart, or, more realistically, I would just be pretty unproductive and my kids would be late to a lot of things.  I like the weekly view because I can get a good picture of the week and where we are at any time.  And I like the weekly to do list because I just work better knowing if I really can’t get to a task that day, I have the next day to do it, whereas when I tried to use a daily planner, I felt unproductive if I had to copy over my to do list to the next day many times in a row.   

long-term planner is not generally used for everyday tasks. Rather, it allows you to write a short paragraph about a given day over a span of time. You can use it to show fitness progress, keep a record of a child’s early years, or write about your growth.  I don’t personally use a long-term planner but because I daily journal in my hobonichi, I’m essentially doing the same thing, just in multiple planners.  That’s the benefit of a dedicated long-term planner: they are usually smaller (because there’s less space given for each day) and they’re only one book so you don’t have to keep buying or replacing planners each year and all of your memories are compiled into one place. 

Dated or Undated

dated planner is printed with the date and month for a given year. You can jump straight into planning without filling anything out. However, a dated planner can only be used for a specific year. I always use dated planners because I tend to be lazy and want most of this done for me.   Plus I like using them as reference for future events without needing to take the time to fill anything out.

An undated planner is an excellent choice for those who may not need dedicated daily, weekly, or monthly pages. For example, students who don’t take classes over the summer might prefer an undated planner. You can fill in the dates on an undated planner, so you can start it and skip pages whenever you want. I know a lot of people who love undated planners for their versatility and the ability to “skip” days without having blank pages in the planner and feeling like you’ve wasted money.

Size

The size of your planner is a major consideration. A remote freelancer needs a planner that’s different from one used by a traveling worker. Having an A4 planner instead of a B6 one could make or break your carry-on luggage!  One of the reasons I chose the Jibun Techo was because of its slim size.  Not only does its slim size fit easily in my bag, but its thin paper means the entire planner is thin and lightweight. I used an Erin Condren Lifeplanner for a while but quickly found it wouldn’t work for me.  I never wanted to take it out of the house, let alone travel with it, so it just wasn’t fitting my needs. I was happy to find most Japanese planners are more compact so I never worry about leaving my books at home. 

If you find yourself doing most of your planning at your desk, larger A4 or A5 planners give you plenty of space to develop your thoughts. For those looking for portability, an A6 planner fits neatly in a briefcase, backpack, or purse and is light enough to be nearly unnoticeable.

Some planners come in altered or slim sizes that help make them easier to carry around. However, because these notebooks are non-standard, they may require a proprietary cover or simply don’t fit in one at all. Check the dimensions to make sure a planner fits the cover of your choice.

Paper

Planners with high-quality paper perform well with all kinds of writing instruments and art supplies. Smooth, ink-resistant paper makes your writing experience more enjoyable. Not only will you be less likely to run into issues with ink feathering or bleeding through the page, you will also enjoy writing down the tasks you need to complete.  The thickness of the paper also plays into the size and portability of your planner, so you’ll want to take that into consideration as well. 

Now let’s get into the specifics of each planner.  

Hobonichi planners are extraordinarily popular and might be the most well-known Japanese planner brand. Each planner is packed with ultra-thin Tomoe River paper, which reduces bulk while staying remarkably resistant to ink. Creative journalers can fill the pages with markers, colored pencils, and even light watercolor washes. You can learn more about the Hobonichi Techo by reading my guide.

If you find your Hobonichi Techo becoming bulky over the course of the year, the Avec splits the year into two booklets. The A5 Cousin and A6 Original both come in Avec versions.

The A6 Hobonichi Techo is available in Japanese or English. The Japanese-language Hobonichi Techo Original is available as a Monday- or Sunday-start version. It also has a slightly different daily format and smaller grid size.

Daily Hobonichi’s

  • Left: Hobonichi Cousin (A5). Right: Hobonichi Originals (A6)
  • Daily Layout for Hobonichi Planners
Name Format Size Features
Hobonichi Techo Cousin Daily A5 Comes with or without cover
Tomoe River paper
Year index
Monthly calendars
Dated weekly section with vertical hourly tracker in front
Gridded pages in back
Informational pages
Hobonichi Techo Original Daily A6 Comes with or without cover
Tomoe River paper
Year index
Monthly calendars
Dot grid pages in back
Informational pages
Hobonichi Techo Planner Daily A6 Comes with or without cover
English-language version of the A6 Hobonichi Techo
Tomoe River paper
Year index
Monthly calendars
Dot grid pages in back
Informational pages

Buy now on Amazon US, Amazon Japan, or Etsy.

Weekly Hobonichi’s

Name Format Size Features
Hobonichi Techo Weeks Half Horizontal Weekly Medium Tomoe River paper
Year index
Monthly calendars
Grid pages in back
Informational pages
Sticker pocket
Hobonichi Techo Weeks Mega Half Horizontal Weekly Medium Tomoe River paper
Year index
Monthly calendars
Three times as many grid pages in back
Informational pages
Sticker pocket

Buy Now on Amazon US, Amazon Japan, or Etsy.

Monthly Hobonichi

Name Format Size Features
Hobonichi Techo Day-Free Monthly A5, A6 Comes without cover
Tomoe River paper
Year index
Monthly calendars
Gridded pages
Informational pages

Buy Now on Amazon US, Amazon Japan, or Etsy.

The Kokuyo Jibun Techo is a weekly planner that uses a vertical, hourly format. There are four versions available: the Standard, Biz, Lite, and DAYs. You can learn more about the Jibun Techo in my comprehensive guide.

The Standard First Kit is a planner system that you can carry from one year to the next. It also includes the Idea and Life booklets, which help you keep track of life’s meaningful experiences. Its refreshing palette of blues and oranges make every page stand out. The Standard and Pale covers remove the extra booklets for a slimmer planner, but you can always add the booklets if you prefer.

For business professionals, the Biz has a monochromatic look. The Lite is a simplified version that fits in backpacks and purses with ease, making it an excellent academic planner. The Biz and Lite are meant to be used by themselves for a sleek planner that can be carried anywhere.

The DAYs is Kokuyo’s take on a daily planner. It splits the year into two six-month booklets that can be swapped out of the included cover.

Kokuyo Jibun Techo Pale, Standard, Biz, and Lite

Name Format Size Features
Kokuyo Jibun Techo First Kit Standard Vertical Weekly A5 Slim, Mini B6 Slim Comprehensive three-book planning system
Plastic cover with cardholders and pen loop
Writing board with elastic band
Bookmark
Kokuyo THIN paper
Year index
Monthly calendars
Hourly trackers
Grid pages in back
Informational pages
Kokuyo Jibun Techo Diary Pale Cover Vertical Weekly A5 Slim, Mini B6 Slim Plastic cover with cardholders and pen loop
Bookmark
Kokuyo THIN paper
Year index
Monthly calendars
Hourly trackers
Grid pages in back
Informational pages
Kokuyo Jibun Techo Diary Standard Cover Vertical Weekly A5 Slim, Mini B6 Slim Plastic and paper cover with cardholders and pen loop
Bookmark
Kokuyo THIN paper
Year index
Monthly calendars
Hourly trackers
Grid pages in back
Informational pages
Kokuyo Jibun Techo Biz Vertical Weekly A5 Slim, Mini B6 Slim Slim size
Plastic cover with cardholders and pen loop
Bookmark
Kokuyo MIO paper
Year index
Monthly calendars
Hourly trackers
Grid pages in back
Informational pages
Kokuyo Jibun Techo Lite Vertical Weekly Mini B6 Slim Slim, portable size
Kokuyo THIN paper
Year index
Monthly calendars
Hourly trackers
Grid pages in back
Informational pages

Buy now from Amazon US or Amazon Japan.

Kokuyo Jibun Techo Days Diary

Name Format Size Features
Kokuyo Jibun Techo DAYs Diary Daily Mini B6 Slim Slim, portable size
Kokuyo THIN paper
Year index
Monthly calendars
Informational pages

Kokuyo Campus Diary Free- Monthly

If you like Kokuyo’s Campus notebooks, you’ll enjoy the matching Campus Diary Free Schedule. These simple notebooks are great student planners. A Year index and monthly calendars can be filled with essay deadlines and exam dates without wasting pages over the summer break.

Buy Now from Amazon US or Amazon Japan.

Kokuyo Pat-mi Pocket Diary

The innovative Pat-mi Pocket Diary is a monthly calendar and vertical weekly planner in one! Each week has an hourly tracker per day while leaving the rest of the month visible. It’s an excellent planner addition that can help you visualize future events, but is also useful on its own. The Pat-mi Pocket Diary can be tucked into the back cover of a Jibun Techo, or any notebook that is B6 or larger.

The Traveler’s Company Traveler’s notebook is a vintage-inspired, refillable notebook system. The high-quality leather cover uses elastic bands to attach various notebooks, allowing you to completely customize what you carry. It’s not just a good option for travelers—those who like everything they need for a day in one place will also enjoy the Traveler’s notebook and its accessories. You can use a combination of planners and notebooks to catch all your thoughts.

Read my Traveler’s Notebook Guide.

Traveler’s Notebook Monthly Planner

Shop now on Amazon US, Amazon JP or Etsy.

Traveler’s Notebook Weekly Vertical Planner 

Buy Now from Amazon US or Etsy.

Traveler’s Notebook Weekly Planner

Buy Now from Etsy or Amazon Japan.

Traveler’s Notebook Weekly Planner with Memo

Buy Now from Amazon US, Amazon Japan, or Etsy.

These Traveler’s notebook refills are undated versions of the planner booklets mentioned above. Each notebook except for the Free Daily Planner Grid has enough pages to use it for six months.

Traveler’s notebook Free Daily Planner Grid

Buy Now from Amazon US or Amazon Japan.

Traveler’s notebook Free Monthly Planner

Buy Passport Size Now from Amazon US or Amazon Japan.

Buy Regular Size Now from Amazon US or Amazon Japan.

Traveler’s notebook Free Weekly Planner

Buy Now from Amazon US or Amazon Japan.

Traveler’s notebook Free Weekly Planner with Memo

Buy Now from Amazon US or Amazon Japan.

Traveler’s notebook Free Weekly Vertical Planner

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Midori

Don’t let the plain appearance of the Midori MD Diary fool you: these planners are packed with Midori’s luxurious MD paper. The cream-colored pages pair well with fountain pens and evoke the feeling of vintage books. The minimalist aesthetic is thoughtfully designed to provide just enough structure for planning. The undated pages in the back can be used as a weekly planner. The Thin sizes trade ruled pages for grid paper.

Midori MD Diary, Diary Thin

Name Format Size Features
Midori MD Diary Monthly A5, B6 Slim, A6 Cardstock cover
Bookmark
Midori MD paper
Lined and blank pages in back
Stickers to label cover and spine
Midori MD Diary – Thin Monthly A4, A5 Thin Slim size
Cardstock cover
Bookmark
Midori MD paper
Grid pages in back
Stickers to label cover and spine

Buy Now from Amazon Japan. Or look on JetPens.

Midori MD 1 Day 1 Page Diary

From left to right: Midori MD 1 Day 1 Page Diary A5 & A6 Sizes. 2020 version shown. Planner cover design may differ slightly year to year.

Like the weekly version, the MD 1 Day 1 Page Diary has fourteen monthly calendars in the front. However, the bulk of this planner is made up of undated, daily pages. You can use it as a page a day planner, or skip pages as you wish.

Name Format Size Features
Midori MD 1 Day 1 Page Diary Daily A5, A6 Flexible softcover
Two bookmarks
Midori MD paper
Hourly trackers
Lined paged in back
Index tab stickers

Midori Pocket Diary

From left to right: Midori Pocket Diary B6 & Slim sizes. 2021 version shown. Planner cover design may differ slightly year to year.

The adorable Pocket Diary is so cute that you might find yourself making plans just so you can schedule them in the notebook! Both versions of the Pocket Diary include themed calendars that change from month to month. The B6 planner also has weekly pages and index tabs that make it easy to flip to the right month.

Name Format Size Features
Midori Pocket Diary Half Horizontal Weekly B6 Flexible plastic cover with pen loop
Index tabs for each month
Year index
Monthly calendars
Themed pages
Lined pages in back
Midori Pocket Diary – Slim Monthly Medium Slim size
Flexible plastic cover with pen loop
Year index
Monthly calendars
Themed pages
Lined pages in back

Midori Flat Diary

Midori Flat Diary. 2021 version shown. Planner cover design may differ slightly year to year.

This planner fits in the A5 Pouch Diary, which was discontinued. If you own one from previous years, you can pair this planner with the cover. This lightweight planner can also be used on its own.

Name Format Size Features
Midori Flat Diary Monthly A5 Monthly calendars

Midori Pouch Diary – Slim

Midori Pouch Diary – Slim size. 2021 version shown. Planner cover design may differ slightly year to year.

This planner is compatible with the discontinued Slim Pouch Diary. If you own a cover, you can continue using it with this refill. Alternatively, its everyday carry-friendly size makes it an excellent stand-alone planner.

Name Format Size Features
Midori Pouch Diary – Slim Half Horizontal Weekly Slim Slim size
Two bookmarks
Year index
Monthly calendars
Lined pages in back

Which planner will you be using to organize your tasks and reach your goals in this year? Is there another Japanese brand you love more than the four mentioned? Let me know!

Fountain pen friendly planners for 2020

UPDATE: Check out our evergreen suggestions for fountain pen friendly planners here

We’re only two months away from 2020, and it is time for most folks to start looking for their perfect planner. But if you’re new to fountain pens, you should know this by now: not all paper can take your favorite nib and ink combination.

So here is a list of mostly-Japanese planner options in the Philippines that can match your fountain pens, based on what we already know so far.

Hobonichi Techo – These Japanese planners feature Tomoe River Paper: smooth thin sheets that can handle all of your inks. That means you can get lots of pages, minus the bulk! They have many styles and sizes each year that can match your preferences.

Traveler’s Notebook – Yes, new TN users! You don’t have to fret over the unique size requirements that comes with choosing the refillable leather journal. TN has 2020 Diary refills that come in monthly and weekly variants in both regular and passport sizes. MD Paper is used for these refills

Midori – MD Paper is lovely, and it comes in forms other than the TN defaults. The Midori Diary 2020 comes cleanly in standard planner sizes. But if you’re the type who can commit to just one planner for a long time, there are 5-year and 10-year variants of the Midori Diary.

Muji – Yes! Muji’s planners are fountain pen friendly. Prices start at Php 145 which is way cheaper than their tabo.

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Giving Journal – If coffee binging is your thing this holiday season, CBTL’s Giving Journals have been known within the community to be fountain pen friendly in the past few years. Our review of the 2019 edition showed just that, and hopefully they continue being suitable for fountain pen use for the 2020 edition. Update: a representative told us that the 2020 edition is still fountain pen friendly. We’ll update this list once we complete the needed 12 stamps.

Leuchtturm1917 – If you prefer a simple black cover notebook, Leuchtturm1917’s paper is known to be much better than Moleskine’s while offering similar sizes and color ranges.

Mercury Drug Planner – Surprised? Your suking  drugstore regularly offers planners that have received favorable feedback in terms of fountain pen friendliness.  Now you can put your Suki Points to good use.

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So, what planner do you want to get? Do you have a planner in mind that is not on this list? Comment below or send us an Instagram DM to let us know!

How this Japanese budgeting system made me richer

In 2017, I decided to quit my job working for a London publisher and move to Japan. I enjoyed my work and had a great social life, but was craving something new and different.

After living in Tokyo for six months, I became fascinated by how small details, mindfulness, and incremental changes were given more emphasis in Japanese daily life.

It was unlike anything I had ever experienced, and it encouraged me to slow down and make some lifestyle improvements — specifically, in my frivolous and impulsive spending habits. So when I heard about a Japanese budgeting method called kakeibo, I was intrigued and decided to give it a try.

‘Kakeibo’: The Japanese method of saving money

Kakeibo, pronounced “kah-keh-boh,” translates as “household financial ledger.” Invented in 1904 by a woman named Hani Motoko (notable for being Japan’s first female journalist), kakeibo is a simple, no-frills approach to managing your finances.

Some people don’t struggle with overspending and can live a satisfying life with just essentials. I was never one of those people. Instead, I had a habit of shopping when I felt bored, stressed, or unhappy about something. I also shopped when I was in a good or celebratory mood, with a tendency to go beyond my means.

As many people would agree, changing bad financial habits isn’t easy to do — partly because our spending habits are deeply cemented into our daily routine, and the act of spending also includes an emotional aspect that is difficult to detach from.

Luckily, for the past 116 years, kakeibo has been effective in helping people make smarter financial decisions.

No technology—just a notebook and pen

Like all budgeting systems, the idea behind kakeibo is to help you understand your relationship with money by keep a ledger of everything that is incoming and outgoing.

What sets kakeibo apart, however, is that it doesn’t involve any budgeting software, apps or Excel sheets. Similar to bullet journaling, it emphasizes the importance of physically writing things down — as a meditative way to process and observe your spending habits.

…our spending habits are deeply cemented into our daily routine, and the act of spending also includes an emotional aspect that is difficult to detach from.

Research has proven again and again the numerous benefits of writing by hand: It can help you make positive changes by encouraging you to be more present and aware, while also acknowledging the triggers behind your bad habits.

According to the kakeibo method, you must ask yourself the following questions before purchasing any non-essential items — or the things you buy on impulse, but might not necessarily need:

  • Can I live without this item?
  • Based on my financial situation, can I afford it?
  • Will I actually use it?
  • Do I have the space for it?
  • How did I come across it in the first place? (Did I see it in a magazine? Did I come across it after wandering into a gift shop out of boredom?)
  • What is my emotional state in general today? (Calm? Stressed? Celebratory? Feeling bad about myself?)
  • How do I feel about buying it? (Happy? Excited? Indifferent? And how long will this feeling last?)

While kakeibo was effective in helping me stay on top on my finances, what it really did — that other systems I’ve tried in the past didn’t — was force me to think about my purchases and what motivated me to buy them.

In other words, I was finally able to conquer my fear of being completely honest about my “needs” and “wants. ” As a result, I got better at making faster, smarter and more logical decisions about whether to spend money on a particular item.

The acts of mindful spending and saving are very much interlinked, and the small changes I’ve made using kakeibo have had a cumulative effect on my bank account.

It’s important to note that kakeibo isn’t designed to cut all joy out of your life. If you’re feeling glum about something, then flowers are a fairly inexpensive way to cheer yourself up. Rather than requiring you to do anything drastic, the goal is to change your bad habits through mindfulness and incremental changes.

How to spend more mindfully

In order to see significant results in your savings, it’s important to stay committed in asking the right questions before making any non-essential purchases.

Here are some simple kakeibo-themed strategies to ensure that you spend more mindfully:

  1. Leave the item for 24 hours. This highlights whether you genuinely want or need it. If you’re still thinking about the item the next day and can afford it, then make the purchase. You’ll feel a greater sense of satisfaction about your decision.
  2. Don’t let “blowout sales” tempt you. I used to be a sucker for big sales. But that often meant spending money on items I knew I wouldn’t use. So for each item that you have in your basket during a sale, ask yourself whether you would buy it if it were full price.
  3. Check your bank balance regularly. Checking your balance will help you feel more in control of your finances because it brings into focus how much money you have to spend. Now, the first thing I do every morning is check my balance. It’s a scary habit to try at first, but does wonders for worry levels.
  4. Spend in cash. Physically handing over cash rather than just mindlessly swiping your card makes you more conscious of what you’re spending, and you will find it easier to budget. Try taking out a set amount of cash to use for the week and only spending what you have.
  5. Put reminders in your wallet. My friend came up with the brilliant idea of attaching a sticker to her credit card that bluntly says, “Do you REALLY need this?!” Anything that prompts you to take a step back before making a purchase will help you make smarter decisions.
  6. Change the environments that cause you to spend. If you notice that you often spend money after clicking on a marketing email or seeing pictures of an Instagram influencer wearing a particular brand, for example, then unsubscribe or unfollow. Or, if you buy clothes or makeup when you have time to kill, try using that time to do another activity instead, such as taking a walk in the park.

I still occasionally treat myself with non-essentials. This is fine and even encouraged! Remember, kakeibo is about using mindfulness to cut out purchases that might only give you a temporary boost of happiness.

The acts of mindful spending and saving are very much interlinked, and the small changes I’ve made using kakeibo have had a cumulative effect on my bank account.

My savings are growing at a faster rate than I ever imagined possible. More importantly, I’m making wiser decisions about how to invest that money for things that really matter.

Sarah Harvey is the author of “Kaizen: The Japanese Secret to Lasting Change.” Previously, she worked as a publishing consultant in Tokyo, where she fell in love with the Japanese culture. Sarah now lives in London and works as a literary agency. Follow her on Twitter.

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Notes & PDF Annotations on the App Store

Meet Nebo, the award-winning digital notebook! Create beautiful notes, handwrite professional reports, sketch ideas on an infinite canvas and annotate existing documents. With its world-beating AI, Nebo understands every word you write.

Nebo for iPad is the ONLY note-taking app that makes handwriting as powerful and versatile as typed text. Now with added Mac M1 support – download and enjoy Nebo on Apple silicon devices!

Turn handwritten notes into professional documents thanks to the world’s best handwriting recognition and write-to-text conversion. Nebo understands and accurately converts even the untidiest scribble in your choice of 66 languages.

Create freely and evolve ideas on a limitless freeform page. Import PDF files or Word and PowerPoint documents as PDFs, ready to annotate. Nebo simplifies your information workflow and boosts your productivity.

** NOW AVAILABLE: NEBO VIEWER **
Nebo Viewer is a handy companion app that gives read-only access to your notes on your iPhone. Search your library, copy/paste content into other apps and even export pages, ready to share.

Nebo Viewer is available now from the App Store on iPhone. Please note: you’ll need access to cloud sync and a free MyScript account to access your notes in Nebo Viewer.

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• Empower your handwriting:
– Write¹, type or dictate – all in the same document, sentence or even word.
– Accurately convert handwriting and math to typed text, and hand-drawn diagrams to perfect shapes.
– Add a selection of emoji and symbols with your pen.

• Edit with your pen:
– Use simple gestures to edit and format without breaking your flow.
– Create headings, lists and checkboxes, add or remove spaces and line breaks, delete and emphasize text.
– Use the marker to highlight or color, the lasso to select, and the eraser to delete either entire strokes or precisely defined content.

• A uniquely responsive experience:
– Nebo’s regular page automatically reflows your handwriting as needed.
– Make edits, adjust layout, rotate your device or split your screen without worrying about readability.

• Enrich your notes:
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– Handwrite math equations and matrices across several lines, solve simple calculations and copy math as LaTeX or image.
– Hand-drawn diagrams stay editable when pasted into PowerPoint.

• Write and draw freely:
– Nebo’s freeform page is an infinite canvas that’s ideal for brainstorming.
– Pan around the page and zoom in or out to get a fresh perspective.
– Use the lasso to select and move, copy, delete or resize content.

• Reuse freeform content in regular pages:
– Copy content between freeform pages or sections, and into regular pages or other apps.
– Freeform content stays editable and convertible when pasted to a regular page.

• Paperless management:
– Organize your library via drag-and-drop.
– Back up your notes as needed.

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How to make your own DIY Discbound Bullet Journal, Notebook or Planner

I love discbound planners and notebooks because you can arrange pages in any order you like, add and remove them as often as you please. If you’re not a fan of the sewn binding that most dot grid notebooks have and you’d prefer to use disc binding instead, here’s a tutorial on how to make your own bullet journal notebook (or a custom notebook or planner).

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I made my custom notebook using:

  • Binder cover printable I made (I teach how to make them in my printables course and there are similar covers available in my shop), printed onto A4 paper and cut it down to size after printing
  • Happy Planner Create Your Own Cover
  • Gold discs (they’re compatible with the Happy Planner & Maggie Holmes) from my sister’s shop, Carefully Crafted
  • A mixture of refill pages from Happy Planner, Maggie Holmes and my own printables. I really like the ARC lined note paper refills (they’re thick paper and very smooth to write on) but unfortunately they don’t have a page size similar to the Happy Planner’s page sizes

If you want to make your own custom notebook or planner, keep reading for everything you need to know:

If you’ve never heard of discbound planners or aren’t sure if it’s the right option for you, see these posts:

Most people gravitate towards sewn bound notebooks for bullet journaling but there’s no reason you can’t use disc binding, especially with more and more options available nowadays. Some of the reasons I love disc binding so much:

  • Add, remove and rearrange pages as often as you like
  • Can keep using the notebook forever, just keep adding new refill pages
  • Plenty of refill pages to choose from
  • Can add your own printables, or printables you’ve found on the internet
  • Because you can take the pages out to write, you don’t need to worry about the rings getting in the way
  • Many page sizes to choose from including A5, A4, around 7 x 9″, US letter page size, half US letter page size
  • The discs can be reused as many times as you like – I’m still using discs from my very first discbound notebook (the ARC) which I purchased 7+ years ago
  • Can switch out the covers and create your own covers (print onto cardstock and laminate)

If you’ve never used a discbound planner or notebook, this post is a good place to start: guide to Discbound Planners & Frequently Asked Questions

  1. A discbound punch
  2. Discs
  3. Refill pages (e.g. dot grid, graph, lined, weekly planners, monthly calendars, checklists, meal planners etc.)
  4. Dividers / tabs
  5. Front and back cover

Before you start buying supplies I would decide on a page size. Most discbound brands come in A5, around 7 x 9″ (Happy Planner) or US letter size.

2. Discbound punch

Next, if you want the ability to add your own pages, narrow your options down to those that have a punch.

There are many companies offering discbound these days. I shared a list of 10 and my thoughts on each in this post.

Not all discbound brands have a punch, these are brands that do:

  • ARC
  • MAMBI Happy Planner
  • Levenger
  • Tul

My favorite are the ARC and MAMBI Happy Planner. Happy Planner is more affordable and comes in 2 sizes:

  • The big punch is designed for the big happy planner (US letter page size or 8.5 x 11″ high)
  • The classic punch is designed for their classic size (7.75 x 9.75″ high) but can also be used for the mini (5.5″ x 7.5″ high)

The ARC, while expensive, is my favorite disbcound punch (and much better quality than the Happy Planner). I usually punch through 6 pages at a time (although the company claims you can do 10). It has a slider to quickly change the punch to suit different page sizes (A5, A5, US half letter and US letter). The punch has a giant lever / handle making it easier to push down to punch the holes through. The tray that collects the paper clippings is also bigger than the Happy Planner so doesn’t need to be emptied as frequently.

Read more: ARC by Staples versus MAMBI – Which discbound system is better?

There are other brands that have a punch but they aren’t the full length of the page e.g. 8 holes required but the punch can only do 4 holes (or sometimes only 1 hole!) at a time. To me, these punches take too long and the holes are less accurate / even. They’re not practical when punching multiple pages so I haven’t included them on the list.

Example: the Discagenda say they have a punch… but it’s really not (it’s the tiny black thing in the photo below). It’s just a single hole punch that you have to use either their guide to line up the spacing correctly. It would take ages just to punch one page let alone an entire planner.

3. Discs

My favorite is the MAMBI Happy Planner for availability and affordability.

I’ve been using the ARC for more than 7 years and have never had a disc break. I’ve only seen their discs in black though.

The Levenger discs are sturdy metal discs.

You can either purchase a notebook with covers and discs and remove the pages, or purchase discs on their own. If you want to buy discs on their own, here are some options:

  • Discs from my sister’s store, Carefully Crafted
  • Happy Planner
  • Levenger Circa
  • Inkwell Press
  • ARC
  • TUL
  • DiscAgenda
  • Maggie Holmes

Each of these brands offer different discs. Some are colorful, some are metal, some are solid and others like the Happy Planner have a cut out shape in them.

Because there are so many variables, I’ve done a comparison table which you can download here.

Not all disc brands are interchangeable between different discbound notebook brands.

Inkwell Press has the thickest dot grid refills (160 GSM) with almost no ghosting or bleed through making it a great option for bullet journaling, but unfortunately it doesn’t quite sit right in the Happy Planner which has the best range of pretty covers and accessories. The stems of the mushroom holes are different and the page size is slightly different.

A lot of the discbound brands have bought out new discs over the years, so if they don’t have what you want right now, they might offer it in the future.

Discbound planners & notebooks: brands that are compatible

I did a detailed comparison of which discs work between different discbound brands in this post.

5. Dot Grid Paper

Brands that offer dot grid paper:

  • Happy Planner
  • Inkwell Press
  • Eleven Discs (I haven’t tried them but the listing states it’s compatible with the ARC and TUL)

Some discbound companies have refill paper you can purchase that’s already punched to suit their disc size and spacing. Unfortunately, most companies don’t so the next best thing is to make your own. If you want to learn how to make your own dot grid paper I show how in my ecourse.

If there is printable dot grid paper you like and want to use in your notebook, you can still use it (even if the page size is different). I did a tutorial on how to resize any printable for any page size in this post.

If you’re thinking about purchasing dot grid paper made by another discbound planner company, see this post where I did a comparison of which brands are compatible.

  

If you want pre-printed refill pages there are plenty to choose from. My favorites are

  • Happy Planner
  • Inkwell Press
  • If you don’t want to print your own, there are plenty of unique pre-printed and punched inserts on Etsy

Brands like ARC and Levenger have refills but they’re very basic / not very pretty and aren’t cheap.

6. Dividers & Tabs

There are a few options for dividers:

  1. Purchase dividers from a company. Happy Planner have cardstock dividers, the ARC have poly dividers
  2. Make your own by cutting some cardstock down to size. If you turn the page over you can draw up a template on the back in pencil at the exact size you want
  3. Use a Photoshop template like this one I made
  4. Skip dividers and just add a sticky note to create a tab

You can use a DYMO label maker or the Poooliprint machine (my review post is coming soon) if you want to make custom labels (as the Happy planner dividers are laminated you can’t write on them with a pen. Plus if you use a label maker you can just change the label if you change your mind later on).

7. Front and Back Cover

The easiest way to DIY a cover is to print digital paper onto cardstock and then laminate. Especially if you want to use a non-typical page size (i.e. Happy Planner). Choose a pattern like stripes and it won’t matter where you trim the pattern, it’ll look good at any page size.

If you’re using the Happy Planner they have the create your own cover.

You can get laminated pouches that you slip your cover in and then seal by hand without needing a laminating machine. Your accuracy will need to be good and you only get 1 shot to get it right so for that reason, I prefer the create your own cover instead.

I printed a binder cover I made onto cardstock, trimmed to size and then slipped it in. Quick and easy. The only problem is that it does show a gap of the pages underneath. To get around this I placed the cardstock template that came in the pocket underneath. You could also use just a plain piece of white paper, Happy Planner’s dot grid paper with the black stripe (as black goes with anything), a strip of washi tape, or punch white cardstock that’s slightly wider (i.e. wider than the insert section for the cover), so you only see white, not the page underneath.

I tried printing onto paper but it’s not strong enough and would bend when I tried to put it in the sleeve. You’ll definitely need to use cardstock. I used some 120GSM cardstock I purchased from Officeworks. It’s thicker than printer paper but thankfully not so thick that it jams my printer.

I also tried making it double sided by slipping another pattern cardstock into the backside but the sleeve is not big enough. So you might want to print double sided, otherwise the white backing could be used to place sticky notes or add some adhesive pockets.

I will say that Happy Planner’s create your own cover is not very sturdy, it’s quite bendy.

Yet another option from the Happy Planner are the snap in covers that are either laminated or the fake leather material. The laminated covers are similar to the ones that come on a Happy Planner and the leather ones are much sturdier (similar to the ARC leather covers). There’s also the deluxe covers as well. All of the Happy Planner covers extend beyond the pages to protect tabs underneath.

8. Add some pages

Some handy pages you might want to add to your notebook:

  • Future log printable
  • Habit tracker
  • To do lists
  • Budget pages
  • Dot grid pages
  • Lined pages
  • Cleaning checklist
  • Refills – you can get these from Happy Planner but you can also get some from companies like Plum Paper and Limelife (they have an option to request them unpunched when you place your order).

I’ve had people ask me over the years why it’s so hard to turn the pages of their discbound notebook. The solution? You need to add more pages! The pages are far easier to turn when there’s more of them on the discs.

When adding pages I like to clip the first one into the mushroom and then use two fingers and push the paper onto the rest of the discs by placing my hand horizontal to the discs.

Another thing to note: I only add about 5 pages onto the discs at a time. Any more than that and the cut outs where they slip onto the discs can get damaged.

The Happy Notes are my all time favorite Happy Planner product. However, if you want something more custom, here’s the cost comparison:

DIY discbound bullet journal

  • DIY front and back covers, including laminating = $2
  • DIY dividers say = $1
  • MAMBI discs medium size = $9
  • Printer paper for printing dot grid = $3
  • Printer ink = say $2
  • Total cost = $17 AUD

If you want to buy dot grid refill pages instead of printing and cutting your own they cost about $12 AUD.

Happy Planner ‘Happy Notes’ dot grid notebook

  • $25 AUD (comes with dividers, cover etc. you don’t need to purchase any other accessories to get started planning)

As you can see the cost of DIYing your own versus buying one already made is similar. With the custom option you can change out the cover as often as you like whereas the Happy Notes come with a laminated cover. You could do a mixture of both where you add your own pages to one of the Happy Notes.

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90,000 5 reasons to always carry a paper notebook with you :: Health :: RBK Style

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Ulyana Smirnova

21 March 2019

With the right apps installed, modern gadgets can do just about anything.But sometimes it is useful to give them up for a while. Here are some reasons to replace electronic planners with the most common paper notebook right now.

Reason # 1. Paper will help unload the brain

Handwriting improves well-being.If we compare with the 60s of the last century, today we consume three times more information. These are the conclusions reached by researchers from the University of California, San Diego. A paper notebook helps the brain to recover from digital overload and reduces anxiety. If you’re used to planning your next day before bed, try writing a to-do list on paper. Electronic screens emit harmful blue light that disrupts melatonin production and causes insomnia.

In addition, while working with gadgets, we are often distracted by emails, social networks, various notifications and pop-ups.Scientists have found that this kind of multitasking is harmful. It fatigues the brain, reduces cognitive ability and creativity, increases distraction, and leads to errors and burnout. In addition, frequent task switching prevents the brain from blocking unnecessary information and reduces its productivity. Notepad allows you to turn off your smartphone at least for a while and concentrate on important information.

Reason number 2. Notebooks inspire

The best ideas come up unexpectedly.Even if you don’t plan to write music or books, the notebook will keep you from losing interesting thoughts and creative inspiration. For example, if you are suddenly visited by another original idea. In it, you can create a real corner of creativity, which will only be available to you. Try sticking cute photos and drawing inspirational pictures into your diary.

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At the same time, drawing is of great benefit to our body.It can be useful even when other tasks are running in parallel. Try sketching in a sketchbook while on a phone call or listening to an audiobook. Drawing develops cognitive skills, according to a study by the American magazine Consumer Research. And the tactile sensations of the paper further stimulate the areas of the brain responsible for creativity and imagination.

Reason number 3. Handwriting improves memory

After graduation, the muscle memory of handwriting is usually lost.But it is a notebook and a pen that help process new information most efficiently, think faster and memorize better. When a person writes by hand, the left hemisphere of the brain turns on. While it is busy, the right hemisphere can perform its basic functions: create, anticipate, and feel.

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A study by scientists from Princeton University and the University of California, Los Angeles showed that paper is more useful than keyboards and touch screens.In an experiment, they found that handwriting lectures helped them better deal with abstract questions. Unlike students who typed on laptops, students with notebooks understood the material much better and remembered more. Summarizing lectures in notebooks, they did not just write words under dictation, but concentrated on the information, mentally processed it and formulated it in their own words.

Reason number 4. Notebook helps fight depression

If you are struggling with stress or depression, try keeping a personal journal.Scientific experiments have shown that it helps manage your emotions, improves mood and improves mental health. You may have already kept such a diary, but abandoned it when you came of age. Now is the time to start a beautiful notebook again. The benefits will be greater if you write down thoughts and impressions every day. For this, psychologists recommend setting a schedule and time for working with a personal diary. At first, 5-10 minutes will be enough.

Spelling and punctuation rules are optional.The essence of journaling is to write without thinking. This will help streamline your thoughts, remove psychological blocks, reveal your fears and desires, and get to know yourself better. By identifying your stressors, it will be easier to develop a plan to deal with problems and get rid of anxiety and anxiety. It may seem like you don’t have time to complete your diary every day. But if you put the notebook in your bag or pocket, the diary will always be at hand. You can make a new appointment during your lunch break, taxi ride or waiting in line.

Reason number 5. It is

Universal Data Warehouse

Digital devices have taken over almost all the functions that a simple daily planner once performed. Yet paper remains the more versatile storehouse of information. Notepad allows you to keep all your data in one place and not waste time switching between applications. It’s perfect for to-do lists, daily notes, budget planning, recipes and addresses. This medium is useful for creating sketches, graphs, quick sketches and diagrams.In bookstores today, models with different internal blocks are sold: in one diary, sheets in a cage, in a ruler, without marking or with drawings can be combined.

To use electronic planners, you may need to synchronize your calendar and contacts. This requires an internet connection, which is not available everywhere. The notebook is devoid of these “shortcomings”. He doesn’t need electricity and complex passwords, and he never runs out of battery.Therefore, it is worth carrying a notebook with you at least for the sake of reinsurance – in case the smartphone is discharged. By moving to paper, you no longer have to wait for mobile devices and applications to launch to start writing.

Personal information recorded in a traditional diary will never get to hackers and is unlikely to interest pickpockets. And most importantly, nothing can be accidentally deleted from there. Having bought a compact notebook with a flexible cover, you can easily put it in your pocket – just like gadgets.You can use a notebook whenever you want: just have a pen or pencil. And some modern models even have a special waterproof coating. In such diaries, you can write directly in the rain or snow. Moreover, they are able to withstand washing.

How to keep a daily planner: 5 creative ways

1. Bullet Journal

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How to keep a daily planner

In 2013, designer Ryder Carroll created a flexible planning system that allows you to keep all your ideas and activities in one place.This is Bullet Journal – a hybrid of a daily planner, habit tracker, list of ideas and much more.

For Bullet Journal the ideal dotted notebook is A5 format: it is convenient to write, draw and draw with. But you can take any thick notebook.

Leave the first pages for a table of contents.

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The next spread is a half-year plan. Use horizontal lines to divide the page into three sectors, in each of them write the name of the month.

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Next is the plan for the month. On the page on the left, write down the numbers and days of the week in a column, enter events and meetings, the dates of which are already known, in the plan. On the next page, indicate goals and plans that are not yet tied to specific days.

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The next spread is for daily affairs. Date, write down all tasks in a column. The Bullet Journal has its own notation system:

  • dot (•) – task;
  • circle (°) – meeting or event;
  • dash (-) – note;
  • asterisk (*) – urgent business;
  • The exclamation mark (!) Is an interesting idea that is important not to lose.

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In Bullet Journal, you can also create lists and collections (for example, list the books you want to read), maintain a habit tracker, or track expenses. Write down whatever you want, draw, draw, fantasize, the main thing – do not forget to number the pages and add each section to the table of contents.

What are the advantages

  • Bullet Journal is an undated diary, it can be kept from any day. Or abandon it for a while and at the same time not worry that there will be empty pages that can greatly demotivate.
  • It combines many functions and helps to organize different aspects of life.
  • The Bullet Journal has a table of contents that makes it easy to navigate your ideas and plans.
  • This scheduling system is very flexible with almost no rules. Therefore, it is suitable for both minimalists and creative people.

What are the disadvantages

  • For those who are used to classic diaries, the system may seem too tricky. You need to memorize the conventions, design the pages yourself, figure out how it all works.
  • For the “correct” Bullet Journal you need a point-to-point notebook, these are not sold everywhere.

How to design

Bullet Journal leaves a lot of room for imagination. You can only get by with a notebook and pen. And if your soul asks for creativity and bright colors, try to come up with an interesting design for each spread. Here are some options:

Monthly plan

Weekly plans / interesno.co

Monthly plan

Wishlist

2.Autofocus

How to keep a diary

This technique helps to calm down the chaos in business effortlessly and not lose important ideas.

Any notebook will do. In it you need to write down all the tasks that come to mind. If any of them are tied to a specific date, mark it. When there are no urgent matters left, open the notebook and slide your gaze along the list, choosing those activities to which your heart is now. Completed items are crossed out. Pages without open tasks are marked with a cross.

Similarly, in the stream mode, you can record ideas, dreams, plans, etc.

What are the advantages

  • Almost no time and effort required. There is no need to categorize cases or use legends.
  • “Autofocus” is suitable for people of mood and chaotic natures who have a hard time planning.

What are the disadvantages

  • Some ideas and deeds can get lost in such a long list. Especially if you have bad handwriting.

How to design

Autofocus does not imply much decoration: it is conceived as a very minimalistic planning system. But after you have written out all the cases, you can draw a beautiful title with felt-tip pens. Or stick thematic stickers next to some items. Phone – next to a reminder to make a call, an envelope – where you need to send a letter. Etc.

Design with stickers and felt-tip pens / stellabeaustickerco / instagram.com

Beautiful headers and stickers / chajaneri_study / instagram.com

3. Muse and the monster

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How to keep a diary

The system was invented by the artist Yana Frank – primarily for creative people and freelancers. That is, for those who have a lot of flexible creative tasks.

Each working hour is divided into blocks: 45 minutes for creative or intellectual work, and the rest of the time for routine activities. In this fifteen-minute period, it is better to do those tasks that do not require mental stress. If you work at home, you can wash the dishes or water the flowers.If in the office – sort the papers, make copies of documents.

Yana also emphasizes that creative tasks must be planned, and as carefully as possible. This will make it easier to tackle them and you will not waste time thinking about what to do now. Not just “write an article”, but “Monday – looking for material, Tuesday – making a plan, Wednesday – writing a draft, Thursday – editing.” Etc.

It’s the same with routines: Make a list of activities to take time out on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, then write them down in your notebook.

What are the advantages

  • Just figure it out, any convenient notebook will do.
  • The system is easy to adapt to yourself and your needs.

What are the disadvantages

  • The method is not suitable for those who do not manage their time. Thus, the doctor does not choose when to undergo emergency surgery.
  • Scheduling things this way is difficult if you have strict rules at work – for example, just one break.

How to design

Initially, the 365 days of a very creative person, released on the basis of this system, looked like a coloring book.And Jana Frank welcomed drawing and any creative experiments in a notebook. For example, you can underline the section titles with decorative tape or display a floral ornament on the page margins.

Decorative tape and floral designs / einfach_lilienhaft, journal_junkies / instagram.com

Drawings and stickers / my_pplanner / instagram.com

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4. Not to do list

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How to keep a diary

The method was created in order to learn how to set priorities and be able to do the most important thing.All tasks are divided into three lists: to-do, completed to-do, and not to-do. In the first, you can add only three points, no more. The rest of the activities are considered less important and end up on the to-do list.

The completed task from the first column needs to be moved to the second. This, by the way, increases the level of dopamine , and with it productivity. In the to-do list, space is made available for a new activity, which can be transferred there from the third group.

What are the advantages

  • The system helps to figure out which tasks are really important and which ones can be left for later.
  • The method is very simple and convenient, suitable even for beginners in planning.

What are the disadvantages

  • Some tasks can get lost in the to-do list and will remain unfulfilled.
  • For those who like to structure everything, such notes may seem too chaotic.

How to design

Supplement the lists with pictures, stickers and magazine clippings.

Stickers and pictures / my_pplanner / instagram.com

Decoration with stickers and clippings / angeltemte / Instagram.com

5. System 1–3–5

How to keep a daily planner

Only nine things can be scheduled for each day, no more. The first is the task of the day – the most important thing, it must be completed. The next three are also important, if possible, sort them out as well. The other five are small secondary things that you can get started with if you have some free time.

Unfinished tasks are carried over to the next day.

What are the advantages

  • Simple, fast, convenient.Any notebook will do.
  • The system will teach you how to prioritize.
  • Suitable for those who are just starting to keep a daily planner.

What are the Cons?

  • For those with a lot of tasks, the limit of nine tasks per day may seem ridiculously small.

How to design

For example, make a beautiful collage next to the list of tasks.

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How not to abandon your planner

  • First, figure out if you need it. If you have a good memory, and there are not very many tasks, the diary will be a waste of time and effort.
  • Lead your plan the way you like. Even if it doesn’t look like pretty social media notebooks. Make out the notebook as you like, write down what you think is necessary: ​​any small matters or only important meetings.There are no rules, and the planner is your tool, not the owner.
  • Choose the perfect notebook. One that will fit in any of your bags and will not be annoying. If you are scared to write in an expensive notebook, it is better to choose something simpler. If skipping pages is boring and motivating, forget about dated diaries.
  • Keep your notebook handy at all times. Carry it with you to work, for a walk and in a cafe. Take it out of the bag as soon as you come home. Don’t forget to put it on your bedside table before going to bed.

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Fully optimized for iPad Pro and Apple Pencil! Push your creativity further with the pressure-responsive Apple Pencil.Take notes or sketch on iPad Pro’s beautiful, large screen easier than ever.

Notepad + is an excellent assistant in study and work, which is perfect for writing down your ideas and making them easy to share! Keep your notes, documents, reminders and other important information in Notepad +, and keep your mind busy with creating new projects and plans. Take notes anywhere, sketch and sketch whenever you want, easily add comments to PDF documents, share your notes and ideas!

Take notes the way you like:
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– Create notes, importing and editing files of various formats: Excel (.xls), Keynote (.key), Numbers (.numbers), Pages (.pages), PDF (.pdf), Powerpoint (.ppt), Word (.doc), Rich Text Format (.rtf), Rich Text Format Directory (.rtfd), Keynote ’09 (.key), Numbers ’09 (.numbers), Pages ’09 (.pages)

Get creative:
– Highlight important details with bright markers
– Draw diagrams, sketches and colored pen sketches
– Easily add photos and other images to your notes to make them more visual
– Choose the type of paper for each notebook: white, natural color, lined yellow and others

Save and share notes:
– Create notebooks from your notes, each notebook can be given a unique name
– Share single notes or entire notebooks in picture or PDF format
– Email notes, print them or save to Photos or iTunes
– Save selected notes or entire notebooks to Dropboxor Evernote to access them from any device

Even more options:
– Enjoy a simple and convenient widget: open the latest or create new notes with one swipe
– Photo extension: mark on the image with the Notepad + tools right in the application “Photo”
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– Zoom – Move the cursor around the screen to see even the smallest details of your notes up close
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90,000 “Swiss Knife” named Trello | by Evgeniy Shcherban

How to replace your calendar and diary using Trello

Thanks to its flexible structure, Trello can be customized as you please. Ever heard the opinion that written or visualized desires are more likely to be fulfilled? Following it in Trello, you can create a stack of long-term plans and attach to each picture for visualization. For example, the new Tesla and the Coachella festival poster.To the left, make a stack of cards with plans for a week / month and set deadlines (notifications are sent to the mail). And even more to the left is a stack of plans for the day. Or use the popular GTD layout system, or digitize the sleek Bullet Journal. The only limitation is fantasy.

How to organize a team

You can organize a small team in the same way. Cards have many possibilities. Inside each there is a “chat” in which you can discuss a specific issue and save the necessary links so that you do not lose them later.You can also attach documents from Google Drive or Dropbox. It is definitely more convenient than throwing everything into a general chat in Slack or Telegram, and then trying to find what you need in a stream of thousands of messages in a dozen chats.

Cards can be marked with different colors to avoid confusion. For each, you can set a deadline for the execution time, as well as assign an executor. To do this, you need to select a colleague from the list of the work team, or simply drag and drop his avatar onto the task. All team members immediately see the changes in the project.In case of a controversial issue, a vote can be attached to each card. Completed or unneeded ones can be archived so that they do not take up space or deleted permanently.

In general, for a large organization, it is unlikely to replace complex systems like Asana, but for personal use and small companies it is almost ideal.

Trello is convenient to store everything

Thanks to the same multi-layered visual system of boards and piles of cards, Trello is ideal for storing any information.For example, give a clear structure to your diary entries. Or organize collections. The same books that you finally need to read. Recipes rich in protein during the training period. Wines that you want to collect. What your heart desires!

Why Trello needs to be tried

In fact, Trello can replace a whole bunch of applications. On one board, you can manage personal affairs, on the other you can deal with work issues with the team, on the third you can keep your personal budget, on the fourth you can store some kind of collection, and on the fifth you can write the script for the series.Thus, Trello replaces the Google calendar, and the task planner like Any.do, and the daily planner, and highly focused applications like Printerest with its visual collections, or Moneywise for budgeting.

Trello as a command center

Each board in Trello can be further pumped with the help of improvements, which are called Power Ups here. For example, attach a vote for individual cards to see which ones are most in demand in your team. Or turn on “aging” for the card – if it doesn’t hang around for a long time and you don’t need it, then it gradually fades and becomes discolored.And in Pirate mode, the card looks like a piece of old parchment. The list of improvements also includes integrations with a bunch of other third-party services like Slack chat, tracking of Fedex packages, buttons for creating a quick video conference join.me, etc. Thus, each board turns into a command center that combines other services.

A complete list of card enhancements can be found here. By default, only one improvement can be made for each card. More upgrades are available for premium account holders.It costs $ 9.99 a month.

A diary is … What is a Diary?

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Diary – notebooks for keeping daily notes.

It is customary to associate the first mention of the diary with Italy in 1650, which is where the first word came from (lat. Agenda: lit. “things to do”). [ source not specified 857 days ]

In the modern sense – a business (usually) notebook designed for daily keeping records of affairs, plans, results and other records related to the daily business activities of a person or company / organization. The most popular types are diaries in the form of a book, in various bindings.One of the first types of diaries used by Sartre, Picasso, A.S. Kurakin, Van Gogh, Apollinaire, Matisse, Gertrude Stein, Hemingway, Bruce Chatwin is named after a durable material that allowed a paper friend to “survive” in various conditions together with its owner – Devil’s skin (literally English Moleskine – fur of a mole), moleskin robes could boast of artisans and gold diggers in ancient times.

Italian publishers are very proud of the fact that they are the historical homeland of diaries, and for a long time the Italian city of Bergamo, together with the administrative center of this province – Milan, was considered not only a European, but also a world center for the production of the most popular brands of diaries.

From the end of the 17th century to the present day, the presence of a diary testified to the importance of this person, and also meant that there was something in the diary to write down. These could be promissory notes, deeds, tax bills and orders to managers. Therefore, the notebook itself was made with all the regalia and coats of arms characteristic of the surname – by special order of bookbinding masters. Most often it was intertwined in leather, with a large amount of gilding and contained in its original form the personal data of the owner, where it is indicated to whom it belongs, where and for what remuneration the diary should be returned in case of loss.

Nowadays, the diary, and the tradition of its use, has become widespread, and the very principle of keeping a to-do list and time planning has grown into whole areas of time management (Time management, Project management).

Currently, diaries acquire a wide variety of forms of execution, which depend on the capabilities of the publisher. And the importance of Italian manufacturers, as trendsetters in this matter, has lost its force. In the CIS, there are already national manufacturers who are not inferior, and sometimes even superior in quality of performance, to the authentic founders of the planning tradition.

Despite all the variety – the most popular is the daily planner in the form of a book in a noble hardcover, made in soft leather, as a rule, provided with additional information for the comfortable work of its owner (telephone codes, tables of distances between local regional centers, conversion of units of measurement, state and international holidays, etc.), and (only for dated diaries) prepared for maintaining an annual, monthly, weekly and daily schedule.That, however, does not prevent the existence of undated diaries, the dates and events in which are put down by the owner himself.

With the development of the business environment in various countries, the diary, from a personal product sold in retail chains, turns into a business souvenir, which is usually given on behalf of the company to the best clients or partners. For this, advertising agencies have mastered various methods of branding and exclusive execution of diaries, in order to emphasize the image of the company that makes such a gift, as well as the value of the gift, and respect for the person to whom such a gift was presented.

Today, diaries are used less and less and are superseded by other means for planning the day, such as organizers, PDAs and task planners. The diary itself rather turns into a souvenir, which is given by tradition.

90,000 How my life changed when I exchanged my smartphone for a paper diary

Japan and China are very technologically advanced countries, however, despite this, planning with traditional pen and paper is still very popular there.There are signs that paper planners are gaining popularity among millennials as well, as sales have grown rapidly in recent years.

This trend has been passed on to Western youth as well. To the point where some planning practitioners use pen and paper to publish videos that explain how to organize their notes.

Many experts eventually realized how useful and convenient such a system is. “My grandfather always carried a small pocket diary with him, and after his death we found entire decades of his life stored in those diaries,” said Michelle Lewis, managing editor of Fast Company.- I also adopted this method of recording meetings and events. I now buy myself a new Smythson Panama diary at the beginning of every year. It’s lightweight, compact and well-made. All my communication and work is happening now online, and writing things down on paper gives me that forgotten feeling of control, the ability to do everything on my own terms. I don’t leave home without a diary. ”

Anjali Khosla, Editor of Fast Company Digital, said: “After a year of working with only digital tools, I returned to the paper notebook system.I still organize my appointments through Google Calendar, but I duplicate the entries in my paper notebook. I prefer paper for several reasons. It allows you to take your mind off the screen at least for a while. She provokes to think about the present and plan your time. I feel satisfied when I physically cross an item off my to-do list. ”

Spread of the planner from the Smythson Panama collection. Photo: Smythson

When I learned how many people have abandoned applications and now enjoy using paper diaries, and read that the best way to memorize things is to write them by hand on paper, I decided to abandon applications for two weeks and switch to paper.This time I didn’t give up my smartphone completely, but I stopped using Calendar, Notes and Reminders on my iPhone – all this I exchanged for a simple daily planner for seven dollars. Here’s what it turned out to be.

It became easier to plan and memorize appointments

I typically use three apps on my iPhone and Mac to organize and plan my life: Calendar, Notes, and Reminders. Everything works great, I can quickly and easily mark an important date and time, add a note and other information.I expected the transition to paper and pen to be a bad experience. After all, a paper diary will not be able to remind me of a meeting half an hour before it starts.

But after a few days I found that I did not need these reminders. The physical process of flipping through the pages of the diary before the start of a new week had an amazing effect on my memory, helping me remember the time of each event and their sequence.

Scientists have discovered that the brain creates imaginary patterns of information distributed across the pages of a book.Scientific American wrote:

In addition to perceiving each printed letter as a physical object, the human brain can perceive the entire text as a kind of physical landscape. As we read, we create a mental representation of the text in which meaning is tied to structure. The exact nature of this process remains unclear, but it is likely similar to mental maps of landscapes – mountains and trails – and man-made physical structures such as apartments or offices.

Both at a simple everyday level and in scientific research, people note that when they try to find a certain piece of text, they usually remember where it is located in the book.We remember that we passed the red wooden house at the beginning of the forest path up the mountain; likewise, we remember reading how Mr. Darcy scolded Elizabeth Bennett at the bottom of the left page in one of the early chapters.

I started taking more detailed notes

I also noticed that I began to take more detailed notes in the paper diary than I did in the applications. I didn’t set myself that goal, but as I manually wrote down the information about a note, more ideas related to the topic of the meeting began to come to my mind.

Again, the existence of this effect is confirmed by science. Maud Purcell, a psychotherapist and note-taking expert, said in an interview: “I have noticed that most of my patients intuitively find writing thoughts on paper more effective than electronic devices. There is scientific research to support this trend. It turns out that writing stimulates an area of ​​the brain called the RAS (reticular activating system), which filters and highlights the information we focus on.

Indeed, writing notes in a paper journal, compared to typing them on the touch keyboard, helped me focus and develop my thoughts.

Planner Hobonichi Techno. Image Credit: Doing / Flickr

I kept forgetting to take my diary with me

It cannot be said, however, that there were absolutely no problems with the paper planner. I often forgot to take it with me. If it was my instinct to take my smartphone everywhere with me for a long time, it turned out to be difficult to get used to the fact that my diary and notes now exist separately.This is not such a serious complaint, but it is not the only one.

I also constantly have new ideas for stories and upcoming meetings as I go somewhere. With your smartphone, you can quickly and easily add a new note on the go. Most of the time, I just write a note on a dictaphone, so I don’t even have to slow down or look at the screen. With a paper planner, it was no longer so convenient to search for a pen and jot down ideas, each time stopping in the middle of the sidewalk on a busy street.

These are your past records

Notes and reminders in apps are very fleeting. Usually, after a meeting ends, I remove it from my calendar. Likewise, when I complete a reminder or implement a recorded idea, I remove it from the application. It seems to us that this way we better maintain order on our electronic device.

However, with the paper planner, although I crossed out the points in the plan, I liked the opportunity to go back and look at the past couple of weeks of my life.This is the main difference between paper diaries and applications. They not only record plans for the future, but also keep records of the past. And in this ability to look back and see how much we have already done, there is a special magic.

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90,000 I NEED IT AGAIN: The best diaries for 2018

Hello! The end of the year for me is the traditional time of finding my best friend for the next 12 months.Yes, we are talking about the perfect diary. This “comrade” I must really like, have a hard cover, be compact, comfortable, beautiful and make life better.

Last year there was already a post with a review of class diaries. In it, I mentioned Moleskine, The Paper Bunny, Dear Diary (all this year I have been using them in pink) and Ban.do. Click HERE and read that material, it turned out to be super popular. Today I would like to tell you about new brands. So, go ahead – in search of a new best friend!

Career Girl Daily (CGD London)

First there was a website for working girls, Career Girl Daily.Later, three of its creators came up with an online store with products of their own production, which “will help actually get things done.” Included in the list are mugs, tabletop weekly planners, an online course, The Ultimate Blog Plan, and a very beautiful powdery planner. The history of the project, the style of the diaries and even the number of female creators – all this is very reminiscent of the history of the Dear Diary, which I wrote about in last year’s post.

Oh My Book!

Kiev girls project – only for girls! A diary with a well-thought-out “interface”, life rules from other beautiful ladies, inspiring parting words, advice from the creators … It is positioned as an ideal gift for a friend, a friend for inspiration and beautiful Instagram cards.If you love tiffany, rainbow, unicorns and girl power – Oh My Book! may be the best day planner for you. They are also famous for being issued in small editions and scattering around the world at its (light) speed.

Do + Do

The brainchild of Yana, a girl who works as a designer, teaches German, writes a blog about self-organization and develops her own notebook shop. I learned about her from someone’s mailing list, subscribed to her own and got hooked on capacious and useful letters.Her notebooks are budget-friendly, minimalistic, fun. In addition to compact gliders for the next 12 months (ideal for those who do not like to write), there is also a notebook for lists, an everyday helper for journaling or taking notes, and a travel notebook in sunset colors. Poetic and helpful!

PS: According to Yana, by the new year she will have three new notebooks in her store: a diary for 12 weeks to set goals and go to her; a year planner for those who like to write and do to-do lists, as well as a mindfulness pad to keep a diary every day and practice meditation.

Bullet Journal

Not a brand, but a popular flexible daily planner system. The so-called “point-to-point notebooks” are called the best modern assistants for those who have a lot of things to do, goals, projects, and who want all of them to be completed. This method has its own language – a system of quick notes, symbols, when using which nothing is lost, cases are easily transferred, as well as its own community, many of whose members actively write posts and shoot videos about how they conduct bullet journals.

Such a diary is suitable for those who are interested in planning their time, keeping up with the maximum, living by their own priorities, and not by those points and headings that have already been created in dated diaries (ps: and who has time to fill out the bullet journal). The system was invented by the American designer Ryder Carroll, and among my friends there are especially popular bullet journlas of the Japanese brand Mark’s Tokyo Edge Planner and Leuchtturm1917.

Erin Condren

Erin Kondren is an American woman who has created a successful business based on people’s love for diaries and the desire to have their own unique copy.Her notebook is a real construction set with removable covers and very expensive paper. On the website, a notebook can be created and customized for yourself by choosing a specific style, built-in ruler, bookmark colors, as well as stickers, internal folders – there are a lot of options. For a few dollars on top, the company will even write your name on the diary. Her gliders are like dolls, to which the happy owners buy the products they personally need. As a result, each of Erin’s clients gets their own notebook.There are two downsides: one is obvious – the price (about $ 100), the second is not entirely obvious – the spring. I am left-handed, and notebooks with springs are an uncomfortable evil for me).

Diaries from “Mann, Ivanov and Ferber”

“Mann, Ivanov and Ferber” (“MYTH”) I consider Apple in the world of Russian publishing houses. Every book these guys publish, I certainly want to have. However, to my shame, I never knew that MYTH also publishes diaries. On their website, I found more than 20 options and share with you the most (for my taste) cool: here is a diary for left-handers (raise your hand, who of those who read me is also left-handed), and a happy mother’s diary, and a weekly marketer “Good year ”, and“ 365 days of a creative person ”by Jana Frank in different colors, and a diary with a focus on finance, and an Agile diary for personal development based on the method of 9-week sprints by Katerina Lengold, which seemed to me the most interesting and versatile.This planner helped the 23-year-old become the youngest vice president in the global comic industry.

If you missed any cool diaries, be sure to share the information with me! And I’m not a magician (just learning), I probably missed something cool.

Mentioned Brands:

Last year’s post

  • Moleskine
  • The Paper Bunny
  • Dear Diary (girls sent me an email announcing new diaries for 2018.the notebook came out in a dark gray and powdery color, slightly modified compared to last year. the pre-order option is available on the site and it is possible to buy two diaries at once – for yourself and a friend – with a discount, take a look at them!)
  • Ban.do

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