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.