One practice that I find useful for organization and planning is sketch journaling. The Hobonichi Techo is my favorite tool for this as the paper is thin but takes ink and watercolor well. Here are a few ways that I like to use it.

Hobonichi quotes QuotesHobonichi sketch notesPlanning and to do lists

Hobonichi notes

Notes and visualization

Almost everyday


One of the habits that I am most glad to have started last year was buying a hobonichi techo, a fancy planner from Japan. There is a whole community online devoted to people drawing and writing in their hobonichi, using the book to manage their lives but also as a means of recording their lived experiences. Because of the little events like finishing my master’s degree and buying a house, I didn’t manage to fill every page for 2015 but looking at my hobonichi brings me right back to each of those days that I did write something. I am looking forward to another year experienced and recorded.

(For the curious, I do frequently post pages on tumblr.)