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Recently I’ve been craving some space in my planner but I just can’t do the A5 Filofax again. I need portability and less weight and I love my Personal size binder.

So I’ve been looking around for different options, yet again. This time I decided to get a Hobonichi Techo Cousin (which is the A5) size.

I love it because of the paper. I’ve always loved this type of paper and craved for notebooks that have them. This particular paper is called Tomoe River paper but it’s what we probably normally refer to as onion-skin or even bible paper. The Tomoe River paper holds up to fountain pens surprisingly well and has very little see through.

The Hobonichi has a cult following and I’m just surprised I never jumped on the bandwagon sooner. There are a host of sites with people using their Hobonichi’s in the most interesting ways. I love looking at them but, I plan to use mine solely for work.

So here goes another attempt at a planner duo….

Although the planners themselves don’t look bad, I decided to get a cover for my planner. Despite my eternal love for leather, I decided to get the normal ones, made out of polyester, so they are lighter. They don’t look bad at all. I got it in black with a beige interior. It has numerous pocket which would be useful. It has a back slip pocket which conveniently fits my iPad Mini.

The Hobonichi Techo Cousin has three different layouts – Monthly pages, weekly pages (Monday Start) and Daily Pages. Becuase of the lightweight paper, it fits all of these and is still pretty compact.

There’s no way I’m giving up my Filofax, so I’ve decided to use that for planning appointments, events, budget planning, reference material, project notes, shopping lists, personal lists, etc.

The Techo will house to-do lists on the weekly pages (which are in vertical format) and notes / blog planning on the daily pages. I decided to get the one that starts in January, although they have an April start. I just thought I could use the extra pages for notes. Also, I like to start each year with a fresh book (weird, I know!). I still don’t know what to use the monthly pages for.

So far it’s been a few days and it’s working out well, since it’s not really too heavy to carry around. I hope this system works out for me…

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