September is here and the season for notebooks has arrived.
For those who use analog notebooks, now is the time to start thinking about next year's notebooks.
Because it is such a time, I would like to talk about notebooks that I want to think about now.
Do you know the term "notebook meeting"?
When you hear the word "meeting," the image comes to mind of something complicated or something scary to do with multiple people.
In fact, this word has been widely used by notebook enthusiasts on SNS, and refers to ``thinking about how to use a notebook.''
You don't need more than one person.
You can easily do it in your head by yourself.
Think about the purpose of your notebook and what you want to do with it, and then think about how you will use your notebook based on that.
Let's have a notebook meeting!
How do you want to use your notebook?
I think schedule management has been the main way to use it up until now, but lately it seems like the focus is not only on schedules but also on recording.
It could be a diary or a life log of daily sleeping hours, meals, etc.
Once you have decided what you want to write, think about which format will best satisfy what you want to write about.
If schedules are important to you, monthly or Gantt charts that allow you to see an overview of your schedule may be easier to see.
If logging is important to you, a vertical type would be suitable for understanding how much sleep time you are getting.
Look for a notebook with a format that meets your needs.
Many manufacturers have commercialized a wide variety of notebooks.
I can't find the format I want in just one notebook! If you think so, it might be a good idea to bring several books.
I really want to collect them all in one book! If you think so, you may want to consider customizing it to your own personal planner using a system planner.
Recommendations in the system planner
In addition to ``I want to compile everything in one book,'' a system planner is also recommended when you have a plan that will take more than a year.
Your ideals, who you want to be, what you want to achieve over the next few years, and your future plans.
There are things that can serve as indicators for the future.
In that case, if you use a bound notebook that changes every year, you will need to post it every year.
If you don't need to make any corrections, a system planner is convenient because you only need to insert it once.
Rather than schedule management, a planner may be suitable for self-management.
You can think about the notebook format by focusing on what you want to manage.
I have setbacks in my notebook.
After thinking about it a lot, you get to the point where you actually need to use it, and after using it several times or for several months, you don't open it anymore. I'm sure you've experienced something like that before.
So I started thinking that perhaps a notebook is not suitable for me.
I think this is a setback.
Why does it not open in the first place?
- Because it hasn't become a habit
- Because it's not fun
Just like brushing your teeth and washing your face are part of your routine when you wake up in the morning, if you include even a little time to use your notebook in your daily routine, it will become a habit.
You may have given up on it before it became a habit.
It might be a good idea to start by ``opening'' before ``writing.''
Next, “It’s not fun.”
This may be the most important part.
When it comes to schedule management, it is easy to make mistakes if you do not set aside time before opening or not opening your planner because you have important plans.
However, if you use it as a self-management or life log, mistakes will not occur even if you do not write it.
This makes it more likely that it won't open.
But think about it carefully.
If you are not using Twitter or Instagram for business, there is no problem in not using them.
But for some reason, I end up using it and seeing posts from people I follow...
Because it's fun.
How can I find writing in my notebook to be fun?
Think about that.
You can try writing with your favorite pen, you can decorate your notebook with stickers and stickers, or you can try pasting up flyers you received.
To help you find "fun" within yourself, here are some suggestions that you can make using the LETS Clear System Notebook.
The point is that you can decorate the cover.
When you like something, you just want to put it in your line of sight.
I think that by inserting your favorite photos, things related to your favorites, or things you like, it will be more fun to look at your notebook, and you will have more time to use it.
If you are having a good time, you will definitely enjoy the time you spend writing in your notebook.
What is “fun” for you?
Please look for it at the notebook meeting.
And please enjoy the upcoming notebook season.