Jibun Techo Biz Mini- Dec. Start: How to Tweak for October Use

Jibun Techo Biz Mini- Dec. Start: How to Tweak for October Use. (Steller's Sea Eagle (Coastal NE Asia). Snapped @ National Aviary, Pittsburgh PA)

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♦️ Pub: Oct 28, 2017 | Updated: Aug 11, 2018 | Reading: 2 min. | Words: 853 ♦️

The new 2018 Jibun Techo Biz Mini starts with December dates. These tweaks encourage immediate October usage. Most Jibun books are also softcover, a personal grrrr! easily cured.

1️⃣ Converting the Jibun Biz into a Hard Cover

Converting the Jibun Biz Mini into a hard cover planner
Converting the Jibun Biz Mini into a hard cover planner

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.

Converting the March 2019 standard Jibun Biz Mini calendar for November 2017 use
Converting the March 2019 standard Jibun Biz Mini calendar for November 2017 use

✓ 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.

Creating vertical Weeklies for November in your Jibun Biz Mini
Creating vertical Weeklies for November in your Jibun Biz Mini

✓ 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.

Using the Jibun Biz Mini sample vertical weekly for the current week
Using the Jibun Biz Mini sample vertical weekly for the current 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.

Creating other missing elements in your Jibun Biz Mini: Perpetual Calendar and Gannt Chart
Creating other missing elements in your Jibun Biz Mini: Perpetual Calendar and Gantt Chart. Misspelled in pic. Oops! 😏


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.

Jibun Techo Biz Mini- Dec. Start: How to Tweak for October Use. (Steller's Sea Eagle (Coastal NE Asia). Snapped @ National Aviary, Pittsburgh PA)
Jibun Techo Biz Mini- Dec. Start: How to Tweak for October Use. (Steller’s Sea Eagle (Coastal NE Asia). Snapped @ National Aviary, Pittsburgh PA)

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