Besides the meaning of “notebook”, 手帳 (techo) also denotes pocket diary. The format of the Hobonichi Techo planner definitely encapsulates both meanings. Though I have the habit of using planners, I must admit I am horrible at using them. The attraction was almost immediate when I first saw Hobonichi’s planner and detailed explanation of different components in the planner. With all the raving and excitement expressed by existing users, I decided to give Techo a try, with a cover named Lemon Cream no less.
After using Techo for close to 2 weeks, I start to understand why there are so many loyal users are enamored with a supposedly functional planner. Several different journaling/planning approaches are incorporated, such as concise recording on things that are not part of my daily routine (a bit similar to bullet journal), to-do list, and scrapbooking. Since the space allotted for December of this year is only half of a page (normally, it is one page per day), it looks a bit crowded right now. Because the paper in this planner is the much loved Tomoe River paper, I do not need to contemplate as much as which pens I can or cannot use. Besides minor buckling when a wetter medium is used, the paper performs beautifully with any brands of fountain pen ink/pen combinations thus far. One notable phenomenon is that the drying time for certain ink is longer on Tomoe River paper, and you can see a bit of pooling on wetter ink. Thus far Platinum Carbon Black takes the longest to dry, about a minute or a bit more.
Another small detail that is arresting to me personally is the time axis. For most planners, the day begins at 7 AM and probably ends at 5 PM, which is suitable for most people. Given that I work late, my day does not start until 3PM. Only being active from 3 to 5 PM, I definitely look like a bum on the planner. The time axis for Hobonichi Techno starts at 4 AM and ends at… 3AM of the next day. This layout is more accommodating to most work schedules for sure. Though I do not usually plan out my day with hour blocks, with this wider time axis I might be able to use that feature of a planner, finally.
Here are some examples as to what I have tried so far:
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Here are some other reviews on the same planner:
- Well Appointed Desk
- The Unroyal Warrant
- Pens Paper Inks…Whatever
- The Pen Addict on Hobonichi Cover by Nock Co.