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How I used my Jibun Techo in 2017

Jibun Techo mini

I used a Jibun Techo on and off throughout 2017 and have ordered a new one for 2018. I tried a variety of ways of using the Jibun, until finally settling on one I like a lot. Here's a quick look at some of the ways I've used my Jibun throughout the year.

I started the year with an A5 Slim Jibun. I used it as an ordinary planner to start with.

Jibun Techo A5 slim

Planning my month in Jibun Techo A5 slim

I initially used the daily columns to write my to-do list, but I didn't like this approach much.

Planning my week in Jibun Techo A5 slim

Next I tried using the Jibun's timeline in each daily …

2018 planner setup


I recently wrote about my struggle to choose a planner setup for 2018. Since then I've tried a few 2017 planners I had laying around and considered various options I didn't mention in that post.

I've finally come to a decision that I think I'm happy with. My main aim for 2018 is to choose a setup and stick with it all year. Or at least the first six months. I find it frustrating to change my mind all the time, because I end up confused and disorganised. But I also don't always realise the downsides of the setup I've …

2017 Planner recap

In January this year I wrote a post detailing the various planner/journal setups I tried throughout 2016 and why each did or didn't work for me. This year (2017) I've changed my mind many, many times, and tried lots of different planners and notebooks. Here's a look at what I liked and what I didn't.

Bullet Journal

I don't think I lasted more than a week with a Bullet Journal setup, but I tried it many times throughout 2017. I love the concepts of the Bullet Journal system: having everything in a single notebook, having more or less room …

Numi calculator

Numi conversions

I've been using a cool calculator on my Mac recently that I want to share with you. It's called Numi. Numi can do lots of really awesome things, and personally I'm barely scratching the surface, but I'll just share with you some of the reasons I love it and let you discover everything else it can do on your own.


One of the most common times I use a calculator app is when I write up monthly reports of business stats. I need to work out various percentages, and how much different numbers have increased or decreased compared to …

Choosing a planner for 2018

Traveler's Notebook

2017 has been a mess, planner-wise. I've tried so many variants, and often only for a day or so before I change my mind. (Here's the setup I started the year with.) I've spent far too much time thinking about planners and journals and stationery, and I've annoyed myself at my inability to decide and to stick with anything.

In 2018 I want to simplify my setup. I don't want to have lots of different notebooks for different uses. Ideally I'd have just one notebook, though I find it tough to stick to only one without feeling like I'm missing …

Caret 3

I've been using Caret on and off as my Mac Markdown editor. I sometimes switched back to iA Writer for features Caret hadn't implemented yet, or to Ulysses for more control over the style.

But in the past few weeks I've taken to writing almost everything in Caret. It's gained enough features that I find it the best option for Markdown on a Mac right now. And I enjoy it so much that I miss it when I'm writing on a phone or tablet.

Here are my favourite things about Caret:

Auto-complete of local files

Caret autocomplete

It took me a while …

Things 3

Things 3

I'm kind of amazed Things 3 is actually in the world. It was in beta for so long I'd given up on it ever being released. But now that it's here I've tried it out of curiosity and been happy to find it's the best fit for the way I manage tasks. I've been using Things 3 for a couple of months now, and I'm really enjoying it.

I don't want to do a full explainer about how Things works, but just in case you're not familiar with it, here's the basic idea: tasks can have start (yay!) and due …

Today is Josh Sharp's birthday. He's a fun guy who helps me make cool stuff like Exist, Larder, and Changemap. I'm lucky to spend time with him every day.

"I didn’t particularly like sewing, but I liked what you could do with it." Like Austin Kleon, I, too, feel this way about writing.

Details on the next big feature we're working on for Exist, and how we're using it during beta testing: Introducing custom tracking (and how we're using it)

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