HOW TO USE THE “JIBUN_TECHO”
Your JIBUN TECHO notebook is packed with pages that have been carefully designed to make it fun and easy to look back on the entire year. In addition, the following page describes how to use the weekly schedule.
This calendar provides a birds-eye view of last year, this year, and next year.
This two-page schedule provides a birds-eye view of your plans for the next 12 months.
■MY DREAM 2019
It’s good to jot down your dreams, but honestly, it can be a pain to do every month. But you can do so once a year in the spirit of making a fresh start, and it’s easy to add to the list later. We’ve divided this page into categories so that it’s easy to fill in.
You might be surprised by how much money you spend every month. Use this page to take financial inventory of your life.
It’s important to lead a regular life. Writing down your ideal series of activities can help you be more aware of your goals. If you’re a student, jot down your class schedule. Put one semester on each side.
Write down where you’ve been this year, and where you’d like to go.
Why not make a note of phrases that excite you, make you laugh, inspire you to work hard, or help you relax? If you see them every day, they’re sure to permeate your subconscious and motivate you to succeed.
When a friend recommends something, you’re likely to forget about it as time goes by, even if you originally intended to try it. If you could only remember those recommendations, they’d probably add something to your life. Making a note of who recommended what can help you remember things, and it’s also convenient when you want to let that person know how their recommendation turned out. That’s sure to make that person happy, too.
Make a list of the books you’ve read or would like to read this year. You can also note your impressions.
Make a list of the movies you’ve seen or would like to see this year. You can also note your impressions.
Make a note of any gifts you receive. For example, you can keep a record not just of birthday presents and the like, but of all the small gifts you receive, like Valentine’s Day chocolates and unexpected letters. It’s also convenient to have this information when you want to give something back in return.
Keep a list of gifts that you give to others. It’s also convenient to jot down any gifts you gave at weddings.
We all tend to make verbal commitments on a whim but often aren’t able to keep them. That’s because such promises vanish from memory with the moment in which they were made, and there’s nothing left to remind us afterwards. Develop the habit of noting the promises you make here so that you can remember them.
Use this page however you like.
This page features an easy-to-use layout that you can utilize for notes from a long-term perspective, for example to manage projects. Write down the name of the project on the left and track progress. You can use the grid to make a checklist of habits you’d like to develop, a graph of your weight over time, or a chart of stock prices.
This grid-style schedule lets you view an entire month at once. It includes labels that indicate how auspicious each day is as well as the 24 seasonal divisions of the year, both of which are important information in Japan.
This schedule gives you an efficient look at the week, with a vertical hourly block for each day.
To-do lists sometimes spill over into the next day, so it’s convenient to group them by the week.
When did it snow for the first time this year? When did you see a rainbow? Jotting down the weather is a great way to jog your memory about what happened that day. Easy-to-understand weather icons make it easy to check off each day’s conditions.
Most weekly schedules only cover 8:00 am to 11:00 pm. But the late night and early morning are part of your life, too. That’s why we’ve included all 24 hours of every day. The schedule uses 30-minute divisions so you have plenty of space from 7:00 am to 12:00 am and then 1-hour divisions from 12:00 am to 7:00 am. If you don’t need that space for appointments, use it to jot down the day’s plans, dreams you had, or whatever other information you’d like to note.
Sunrise and sunset times
Timing your day’s activities to coincide with hours of sunlight is a great way to make every day count. We’ve varied the thickness of the line indicating hours of the day to indicate sunrise and sunset times. Visualizing this information not only helps you enjoy the changing rhythm of the seasons, but also lets you experience the importance of each day. By the way, these times are based on data for Tokyo as published by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.
Was today a good day? Check the facial icons indicating your mood each day—happy, normal, sad, etc.—and jot down a one-line diary entry in the space provided. When you look back over the schedule later, this information will help you recall that day more vividly.
Do you sometimes skip breakfast when you’re busy at work? Make a note of what you ate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in order to prompt awareness of the need to eat all three meals every day. You can also provide “nourishment” for your social life by noting with whom you ate. This part of the schedule can also be used to help avoid middle-age weight gain or stick to a diet.
■LOOKING BACK ON 2019
What kind of year was this year? Look back over the notes you’ve kept all year in your JIBUN TECHO and summarize the year on this page.
We created our very own painstakingly designed map of train lines in Japan (accurate as of January 2018).
■WORLD TIME DIFFERENCES
This map illustrates the world’s time zones. Four colors are used in each area to delineate the time zones in an easy-to-understand manner. Daylight savings time is not shown.
It’s important not only to protect the privacy of personal information, but also to make use of it yourself. For example, that information can come in handy if you lose your wallet and need to cancel your bank and credit cards. In an emergency, you can also communicate the contact information for your primary care physician, past illnesses, and other information to a third party simply by showing him or her this page. Of course, you shouldn’t write down anything that you wouldn’t want to be seen by others, but you can always cover the page with a protective sticker and peel it off when you need it, or write down your information on a copy of this page and store it elsewhere for safekeeping.