1️⃣ 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 a 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. I visited Dollar Tree, picking up a 3-pack of box cutters for a buck. On the way back home, I swung by Staples for a metal ruler. Why? Experience yields wisdom:
- The fresher the box cutter, the sharper the blade. Read: quick and perfect-edged slices.
- A metal rule ensures a straight cut. A cheapie plastic ruler plays diva —too cute to cooperate. Read: maybe straight, maybe jagged. Lotsa luck!
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.
This worked out so well, both immediately and long-term, it’s now my standard practice.
Tip: When you order pens and small items from JetPens, the company shrinkwraps with stiff cardboard. Yo, hold on to those badBoys!
2️⃣ Conquering The Start-Date Problem: December → October 😁
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
- Gantt 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 re-created this calendar view on a left page.
✓ Gantt Chart for November
On the right page facing my DIY November & December Perpetual calendar, I added a Gantt Chart for November.
Source: Kokuyo (Jibun Techo manufacturer)
How to Use the Jibun Techo 2019
If, like me, you speak only English, you’ll adore this guide. It runs through every section of the Jibun, presenting a plain-English translation of the Japanese guides found elsewhere. If there’s ANY chance a Jibun may cross your threshold, you’ll want to grab this gem before it disappears.