Countdown to 2014 #7: The Filofax Edition

Some of you may have already purchased your Filofax inserts for 2014, but in case you haven’t here is a round up of some of the great diary and planner inserts available:

This year I have gone for the regular filofax inserts – sometimes when you do have a printer it is just easier (even if it is not as pretty). What inserts are you using in 2014?

Countdown to 2014 #6: The Choice of Moleskine Diaries

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In any given year I usually buy at least 1 Moleskine branded diary or planner.

So let’s recap:

  • In 2009 there was the pocket-sized Moleskine in red which was a week on one page, notes on the other. I used this one when I was a post-grad student which was perfect as the diary/week view keep track of classes and deadlines and the notes page was my to-do and reading list. It acted sort of homework diary. They still sell this popular diary and it can be found on their website here.
  • In 2010 I was drooling over the Colour a month…. and finally bought it when I was in the US in summer of 2010 (but I had to wait until 2011 to use it).
  • In 2011 I had the Moleskine Colour a Month.  (yes I bought it 6 months in advance). Unfortunately, my enthusiasm didn’t last as I didn’t have the inclination to carry around multiple planners (as well as my multiple notebooks) and I was frustrated by only thinking about a month at a time and I didn’t have the need for a page per day. However, you cannot deny how beautiful this planner is and if a day per page is what you are looking for you can grab the 2014 one here.
  • In 2012 there was the Moleskine Monthly Planner which I used as a Blogging Journal / Diary. I used this diary when I was trying to get revamp my blog and get it back on track. That year I also took part in the A to Z Challenge in April and the planner was a great help with that and even featured in my B is for… Blogging post.  You can grab the 2014 Monthly Planner (Large) here.
  • In 2013 I had two. A small pocket Monthly Planner and the 2013-2014 Turntable Planner. I really never got to grips with the turntable style of planner and never used it. However, I did enjoy the lightweight (and smaller) Monthly Planner. I had originally bought it because there was no large Monthly Planners left – however I found that I didn’t miss the extra space and it was much more portable. Pocket 2014 one available here.

So what might I choose for 2014?

Well there are a new collection of professional diaries which I have not seen or used yet – so I might be tempted to try something completely new. There is the Project Planner which is an accordion folder year planner in a moleskine – although as my work is not really ‘project based’ I would fear that it would go unused and the Action Planner may be a better choice with week on two pages in columns which reminds me of my a5 filofax week on two pages column format inserts which I love – so I know I would use it. My only concern is that it is described as extra large – and I don’t really have the need for yet another desk diary.

The alternative would be to consider a 12 month Passion Planner but none of the ‘passions’ really match up with what I want to do in 2014 (and I wasn’t a fan of the Passion Journals).

So once again I think the choice will have to be my favourite – the monthly planner.

Countdown to 2014 #5: The Desk Diary

In 2011 I took a bold choice and changed my traditional A4 desk diary from Letts to a more fun ‘colourful’ Paperchase version. It worked well but it lacked substance and quality and the following year I forego a desk diary altogether. Now 2014 is approaching I have chosen another classic brand for my A4 desk diary: the Collins Debden A4 page per day diary in red.

However, I am disappointed. I seem to have bought the ‘essential’ range diary by mistake and it has poor quality paper. The bleed through of my Stabilo pens is terrible (3/4 pages). So I may be using biro and pencil this year. I am not a pen lover – anything will do – but I do love colour. (Here is a picture of my 2009 Letts Desk Diary – perfect for using with my Stabilo Pens). So the question is – is it just because my diary was unknown to me branded as ‘essential’ or has the general quality of paper just simply gone downhill in 5 years? Or is the quality of Collins Debden just simply not as good as Letts?

We may have to wait till the January Sales and try to pickup a third desk diary and do some investigating. If anyone has bought a Letts or Collins Desk Diary this year please let me know about your paper quality in the comments 🙂

Countdown to 2014 #3: the blog planners edition

This year I have added a special blog planners edition to my countdown to 2014. Many of us use a diary or planner to plan our online life, business or blog. So here is the round-up of some of the great blog planners available on the web:

If you have any that you use, have used or simply want to share – please add them in the comments. Personally I have used the Productive Flourishing Blog Post Planners since 2009/2010 – they never fail me but some planners organise a lot more than just your blog posts 🙂

Countdown to 2014 #2: The Life Book by Organised Mum

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This diary from Organised Mum really is the complete package. There is soooo much organised goodness that it is drool worthy and a contender for this year’s planner of choice. The website sets out the features as follows:

Clever features:

  • A5 in size with hard-backed cover
  • Week-to-view diary that you can use straightaway and lasts until December 2014
  • Traditional diary layout that provides lots of space for appointments
  • Weekly perforated shopping lists
  • Menu planning and to do lists
  • 288 colourful reminder stickers to highlight important events
  • Monthly planning pages so you can see the month at-a-glance
  • Weekly routine pages
  • Yearly planning pages
  • Separate address book that sits neatly inside the diary back pocket that can be moved from year to year to save rewriting
  • Christmas planning pages
  • Summer holiday planning pages
  • Pocket at the back for notes and bills
  • Elastic bandeau to keep the diary closed when you’re out and about
  • Two repositionable clear page dividers

I honestly don’t know what else you might need…. so just grab it now. 🙂

Well, you might need the family sized Life Book for caters up to 7 people.

 

Countdown to 2014 #1: DIY Calendar Box

It is December once again and that can only mean it is time for our Countdown to 2014 to start. Each year we share links to some great calendars, diaries and gifts that may tickle your fancy.

Today we are kicking off with the DIY Calendar box from Scout Books:scoutbooks_diycalendarbox (photo credit: Scout Books Website)

Get it here.

Box of 12 notebooks – one for each month – with planner-style pages to record or plan a full month. You can customise both the interior and the exterior of these pocket notebooks. What is not to love 🙂