The Two Japanese Planners Serving as BuJo Backbone
American calendar makers lost me for several reasons, including their obnoxious egocentric approach. Lines remain thick and dark, forbidding repurposing. The book arrives as a committed solo act, with no attention paid to potentially helpful same-sized sidekicks.
Non-Asian nods to consumer concerns begin and end with snatching “bullet journal” phrasing and plastering it as label. Switching to dots, they think, proves innovation.
Japanese artisans instead laser-focus on the customer’s true needs, yielding what I dub structured flexibility. Yes, a calendar is present. But so too are drip marks encouraging further division of the page where desired. Gentle lines present in a manner equally inclined to disappear or steady a form—user’s choice. In short, Japanese planning products delight with nuances either ignored or never discovered by their American/ French/ German/ etc counterparts.
Hobonichi Weeks: Blogger’s BuJo
The horizontal weekly section of the Hobonichi Weeks (Banana) hosts editorial calendars for this blog and related social media accounts. The left page, divided into three columns, embraces blog posts from 2017 rhrough 2019.
Its companion right page witnesses a slice and dice festival. Entries for scheduled Facebook Page postings descend down the far right of the page, nestled next to the two columns for 2020 and 2021 blog entries.
Serendipity smiled. As of mid-2018, blog postings appear only Monday through Thursday. As I put this BuJo together, I snatched the empty blocks denoted Thursday through Sunday. They house InstaGram planned postings 2019-2021, as well as Twitter checklists.
Blogger’s Editorial Calendar: Blog Planning
Blogger’s Editorial Calendar: Social Media Planning
Blogger’s BuJo Spread: 2018-2021 Blog Analytics / Statistics
Blogger’s BuJo Spread: Article Postings Refresh Log
A6 Hobonichi Techo: Writer’s BuJo
Version 2.0 of my Writer’s Bullet Journal resolves ouches experienced with prior implementations. Cliff Notes explanation: I locked myself into too-tight space, both in terms of the book chosen and Index devised.
This go-round, I plucked an abandoned 2017 A6 Hobonichi Techo from my #stationeryNerd bookcase. This gem’s main claim to fame lies in its one-page daily format. Studying its pages confirmed several bingo!s:
- By matching a writing category to a month of Daily pages, I escaped pagination tedium.
- .#1 gifted the luxury of a preprinted date-based cross-referencing scheme. That is, the needed Index.
- The size ensures a no fuss out-&-about carry. Crucial, because I’m a snippet freak.
What’s a snippet freak? I’ll answer via examples:
- I visit malls for the singular purpose of observing. Snippets of overheard conversations find a spot in my BuJo, as do detailed descriptions of ya-gotta-be-kidding-me attire. Body language, manner of walking, eye movements—these and more massage creative writing muscles as I feed notations into my Hobo.
- I transform moments of would-be ire into workaday drop-in paragraphs. Example → A weaving-in-and-out-jackA of a driver once unleashed my torrent of multi-sylable cuss words. Now, the event instead pushes me to a pause on the side of a road. I embellish my perceived version of the knucklehead involved. Nuanced descriptions give the reader a you-are-there experience. These on-the-spot gifts feed that info need. Timing? I build these pauses into my driving time. It’s called living in the present.
Writer’s BuJo: Publishing: Word Count by Genre; word-count ←→ Kindle-pages conversions
Writer’s BuJo: Publishing: Genres List
This year’s Writer’s Bullet Journal involves three components.
1️⃣ The A6 Hobonichi Techo book itself houses ermanent reference Dara, he Collections.
2️⃣ A trimmed A5 Kokuyo Idea booklet, sitting in the front of this package, includes my DIY drop-in horizontal weekly with associated tasks list.
3️⃣ A similarly sliced & diced Idea booklet, nestled in the rear of the package, ensures plenty of room as I hammer out secifcs for the current work in progress.
Writer’s BuJo: Draft Mapping of Table of Contents
Additional Writer’s, and Blogger’s, Bullet Journal Spreads
Between Pinterest and InstaGram, you’ll find a healthy supply of implementation ideas. Keep in mind: what works for one may prove cautrophobic or troublesome for another. Suggestion: approach with an eye for inspiration as opposed to duplication. Your flow controls!