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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

Just Having A Rant


How DARE you try and belittle me in front of everyone in the seminar.  How DARE you question my work ethos and integrity.  In fact, you embarrassed yourself more than you embarrassed me because a number of people came up to me afterwards to tell me to take no notice of you; that you were talking bollocks.  Even our guest speaker went one step further and complimented me on my professional exterior when it was blatantly obvious that I was fuming on the inside.  Our General Manager publicly thanked the team for their hard work over the last year you were the only one who didn't acknowledge ANY of us.  Let me tell you, you're the most high maintenance client I have and I have always dealt with your queries with speed and professionalism.  I dislike you so much right now!!  Here are a few pointers for you:

  1. When the initial email comes out asking if you have any specific dietary requirements for the lunch and you don't mention anything in your response, don't come moaning to me on the day saying that you thought I knew about your wheat allergy.
  2. When you phone up at 5.30pm (after the office has closed) and have received an answer by email (as requested) by 8.41am the next day (11 minutes after I walk into the office), I consider that to be a speedy response, not, as you put it, "never receiving a reply to your phone call".
  3. You didn't get the chance to discuss that item of work because you swept out of the seminar, refusing to make eye contact with me.  I'm not about to chase after you down the car park, waving a sheaf of paperwork.  Life is not like in the films.
  4. It helps if you let us know your new phone number when you change it.  Not three months later.
... and breathe