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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

Totaljobs Fantasy Interview WINNER ANNOUNCED

Recently, I hosted a writing competition in conjunction with Totaljobs #JobsAcademy.  I asked two very talented writer friends, Vix Ward and Rachel McGladdery, to judge the entries.  The standard of writing was extremely high and the ideas pool very deep.  However, they reached a speedy, unanimous decision.


And The Winner Is...


Velcro Dog.  Jessica opens her interview by saying, "If it's a dream then anything can happen right?  So if I could interview anyone in the whole world it would be my dog, Lupo."  She then continues to interview her dog for the important position of family pet.

The judges mentioned that the interview was cute, simple, funny and sincere and that it was amusing without being overly clever.

Congratulations to Jessica (and Lupo).  They win £150 in High Street Vouchers from Totaljobs.

Highly Commended


The judges would also like me to give a special mention to the following entries:

Mother Distracted for the depth of investment and the way she thought outside of the box.  The judges thought that the concept of the missing career opportunity was very clever and maybe she should be considered for a job in the PR department of Totaljobs?

London Tourist for interviewing Lily Savage and making one of the judges laugh like Muttley.

Merlinda Little for interviewing her future self at the age of 50.  The judges said that there is a brutal honesty in her words that made them stop and think and they hope she manages to overcome her fears and be awesome.

You can view all the entries and original terms and conditions here.  Thank you to everyone who took part in this competition and to Totaljobs for supplying the prize.