The new 2018 Jibun Techo Biz Mini starts with December dates. These tweaks encourage immediate use.
Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes
Estimated Work Time: under 15 minutes
Converting the Jibun Biz into a Hard Cover
The Hobonichi Weeks (3.75″ x 7.4″) spoiled me. It’s dual role as wallet guaranteed it shadowed me, everywhere. And its hard cover ensured the ability to jot a note at any angle, absent flat surface. The size of the Jibun Biz (4.72″ x 7.48″) proves equally delightful. But the soft cover vexed me, until I conjured a fix.
I ripped a stiff back cover off a legal pad. Then I sliced and diced two pieces, each slipped into the front and back Biz covers. Because the cardboard sits between the planner’s black kinda-leatherish cover and the Jibun book’s paper cover, its presence remains known only to me.
The Problem: December Start Dates throughout the JibunBiz Mini
The planner arrived in October. But the book presents only future dates:
- Standard Month view: 11.27.2017 – 03.2019
- Vertical Weeklies: 11.27.2017 – 01.2019
- Perpetual Calendar: 01.01 – 12.31.2018
- Gannt Charts: 12.2017 – 01.2019
This portability gem begged for immediate use, and I aimed to oblige.
This is yet another example explaining why only Japanese planners see my purchase dollars. Intensely flexible, they respond to virtually any need/desire. Witness the proof.
✓ Missing November standard calendar
I attacked the last/March 2019 calendar, changing the number dates to reflect November. I added Monday /10.30. and Tuesday /31 for full-week joy. The 2019 version, destined to reach my hands next October or November, means I’ll never miss that March 2019 calendar.
✓ Vertical Weeklies
4 sets of facing blank pages immediately follow the vertical weeklies section. PERFECT for the 4 weeks missing: 10.30–11.5, 11.6–12, 11.13–19, 11.20–26. The grid matches the vertical weeklies, so drawing ’em is fuss free. 10 minutes, tops.
✓ Current week: 10.23–10.29
Toward the beginning of the Biz Mini, you’ll notice a facing-page spread reflecting a sample vertical weekly layout. I’m using it for the current 10.23–29 week.
✓ Perpetual Calendar for November and December
The pages after the Promise List form a pretty good match to the layout of the “real” Perpetual Calendar. I recreated this calendar view on a left page.
✓ Gannt Chart for November
On the right page facing my DIY November & December Perpetual calendar, I added a Gannt Chart for November.
Call to Action
Once upon a time, I reserved the mechanics of changing-agenda-book chores (transferring dated events, etc) to the end-year holiday period. But that time belongs to family and friends. For that reason, I conjured and implemented the described tasks on an October weekday evening while hubby pulled a night shift.
Bottom-line: I’ve learned to treat the late-year holiday periods as a prolonged reward season, time devoted to family and friends as top/exclusive priorities. My way of respecting work-life balance, not to mention showing how crucial these folks are to my spirit’s well-being.
Whatever your self-management choice, evenings offer a fine time to mull over the pro’s and con’s of your current system, explore alternative systems, and tweak as circumstances warrant. I respectfully submit: you have better ways to expend your time during the extended Thanksgiving, religious, and New Year holiday periods. That’s LoveFest Time! I didn’t always honor that reality, but years instilled wisdom. I act accordingly.