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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

Can You Follow Instructions?

It's an oldie, but a goodie.  This is an exercise I have used as an ice-breaker/time filler at training sessions and events and have also tried it out on my teenage children with different results from each of them.  You will need a piece of paper (any colour, any size) and a writing implement (crayon, pen, pencil).

Photo credit: Kristian D - Flickr



1.   Read everything before you do anything.
2.   Put your name in the upper right-hand corner of the paper.
3.   Draw a circle your first name.
4.   Draw five small squares in the upper left-hand corner of the paper.
5.   Put a X in each square mentioned in number 4.
6.   Draw a circle around each square.
7.   Sign your name in the centre of the page.
8.   Under your signature write, 'yes, yes, yes'.
9.   Draw a circle around the first 'yes' and the third 'yes'.
10.  Put an X in the lower left-hand corner of the page.
11.  Draw a triangle around the X that you have just written.
12.  On the back of the page multiply 70 x 30.
13.  Draw a circle around the answer.
14.  Loudly call out your name when you get to this point in the test.
15.  If you think that you have carefully followed instructions, call out... "I have carefully followed instructions".
16.  On the back of the page add 107 and 278.
17.  Underline your answer twice.
18.  Count in your normal speaking voice from 1 to 10.
19.  Clap your hands three times.
20.  If you are the first person to get this far, call out... "I am the leader in following instructions".
21.  Now that you have finished reading carefully, do only questions 1 and 2.