Selecting the perfect planner–the right format, size, layout–can be a fraught experience. Here to simplify that process is Laurie Huff, the guru behind plannerisms.com. In this 3-part series, she’ll walk us through how to choose the best planner for you.
We know: online calendars abound! But an electronic device simply can’t replicate the tactile joy of holding a book, turning the pages, and putting pen to paper. There are also numerous advantages of using a paper planner. Studies have shown that the act of writing helps people remember what they have written even if they never look at it again. And, the archival properties of a book are superior to electronics. We can read books hundreds of years after they were printed. Have you tried recently to access data on a floppy disc? What about that website you used to read until it went all 404 on you? Books have a tangible permanence that electronics can’t replicate.
The purpose of a planner is to help keep you in control of your life. Everyone’s needs are different, and your planner can be anywhere from basic—simply scheduling appointments—to complex. Ideally your planner should be your life management tool. Tasks, goals and projects are much more likely to be completed if they are written in your planner where you will see them often. Students can use their planner to track assignments, papers, exams and homework so that everything gets completed on time. Parents with kids in school can write everyone’s schedule and recurring events into your planner so you always know who has to be where and when. Other functions of a planner include tracking everything from finances and expenses to health matters like exercise, diet, blood pressure and weight. Your planner can also be your creative outlet for journaling and art.
With all these planner uses, how can you possibly decide what planner will work best for you? Here’s where to start:
There are three main types of planner formats: daily, weekly or monthly. Each format provides different perspectives on your time. Below is some advice to help you decide if you would best benefit from the large overview of the monthly, schedule view of the weekly, or lots of details with the daily.
Let me walk you through the three main types of formats and ways to use each.
Daily: Daily planners, diaries, or day-per-page planners allow you to focus on each day. The downside of these planners is it can be difficult to plan ahead with only two days visible at a time, so if you use one as your planner I highly recommend combining it with a monthly planner.
Daily planners are excellent for people who have lots of appointments each day, or who want to record details such as phone calls, expenses, tasks, or other information. Some of my favorite daily planners are the Quo Vadis Journal 21 and Daily pocket (which have built-in monthly planning calendars), and the Moleskine daily planners. Shop all our daily planners here.
Weekly: This is the most popular format of planners because it allows you to see your entire week at once and plan your schedule easily. There are various weekly formats including week + notes, such as the Leuchtturm Weekly Planner, horizontal like the Quo Vadis Hebdo, or vertical (days as columns) like the Moleskine Large Vertical Weekly Planner. I will compare these different formats later in a separate post.
Weekly formats are good for most planner situations because they allow for detailed daily planning while giving the overview of the week. Shop all our weekly planners here.
Monthly: There are planners that have monthly-only formats. If you don’t have much to write each day and prefer an overview of your month, the monthly planner is perfect for you. Alternatively, you could use a separate monthly planner along with your weekly or daily planner to have the books open side by side to see the monthly overview alongside your weekly or daily activities. Some examples of this are the Moleskine Monthly Notebook and the Quo Vadis Visoplan #67. Shop all our monthly planners here.
Monthly calendars are best for seeing overviews of things like bills due, travel, holidays, deadlines, and seeing patterns over a period of weeks.
So to summarize:
To record lots of details of your days, you’ll want a daily planner »
For most planning needs, a weekly planner will probably work well for you »
For long-range planning or if you don’t have many appointments, use a monthly planner »
In my next post, I’ll help you determine what size planner you need!
Meet the Writer: Laurie Huff tests, reviews and designs planners at Plannerisms.com. Over the years she has tried dozens (hundreds?) of planners in search of the “Perfect Planner,” and on Plannerisms she helps others find planners that work well for them. When she’s not writing about planners, she spends every moment she can in the forests of Scotland. Laurie enjoys science and nature, hikes with her family, and reading books by the fireplace.
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When we first introduced the Exacompta Vintage FAF Notepad, they flew off the shelves! Well, we’re excited to announce they’re back in stock now! With a subtle vintage look and feel, Exacompta’s Vintage FAF Note Pad (4.25 by 7.25 inches) is a practical, yet stylish, desk pad with enough room for daily notes and musings. Shop the Exacompta Vintage FAF Notepad here!
Always jotting down quick notes at your office desk, or scratching out a grocery list before you head out the door? Make it easier on yourself and keep the Exacompta Vintage FAF Notepad close at hand. With its retro flair and brass hardware, the FAF Pad gives your office or home desk a subtle vintage vibe. Plus, the white, blank notepad is microperforated at the top of each page for easy removal, and the whole pad can be replaced with a refill when you’re finished with the original.
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Tip #1: Label EVERYTHING!
You know that feeling when you first get a label-maker and you just can’t put it down? Revitalize your office and give yourself an energy boost by picking it up again. Go through old folders that can be re-purposed, finally stick a label on that junk-box you threw together on the top shelf, and label the spines or covers of your notebooks for easy reference.
Tip #2: Start Nesting
Sounds odd, right? Nesting is basically the act of purging the things that distract you and clutter your office, while finding homes for the necessary items like your pens and pencils, folders and notebooks, and other office items. Putting things in their rightful place on a daily or weekly basis will keep your office tidy and you’ll finally remember where you put that darn business card of a friend you’ve been meaning to contact.
Tip #3: Add a Pop of Color
Whether it’s a nice, bright file folder, or the funky lamp in the corner of your office, remember to have a couple vivid hues surrounding you to brighten your mood. Try to keep all the colors cohesive though, as we’re not suggesting you work in an office decorated like Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (unless you’re an avid fan). If you work inside the majority of the day, color will remind you to smile from time to time. (And don’t forget to actually pop out for a walk around the block a couple times a day – nothing is better than exercise and a bit of fresh air.)
Have a quick tip for office organization? Add it in the comments below!
Let it be a worry-free year when you find the right planner and refill for you. With myriad options to choose from within daily, weekly, and monthly formats, Quo Vadis and Exacompta 2013 planners and refills have something for everyone. Known for their crisp printing and luxuriously soft paper, both brands are known worldwide for their high quality planners and refills.
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We know that feeling: you fall head over heels for your perfect planner at the beginning of a year, you use it within an inch of its life, and … the new year is almost here. Panic mode! What if you can’t find the right refill?
We’ve got you covered with some of the most popular and well-regarded planner refills from Quo Vadis and Exacompta. In the list below, we’ve broken out all their refills we carry by their height, so it’s easier for you to find the right one! And if you’re ever on EuropeanPaper.com and curious if we have your refill, you can also use the Planner Refill Reference number, which is also included below.
Height: 3 – 3.9 inches
Quo Vadis 2013 Miniweek Planner – Ref. #4401 – 2.75 x 3.75
Height: 5 – 5.9 inches
Quo Vadis 2013 Daily Pocket Planner Refill - Ref. #1301 - 3.5 x 5.125
Quo Vadis 2013 Sapa X Pocket Planner Refill - Ref. #4601 - 3.5 x 5.25
Quo Vadis 2012-14 Exaplan Planner Refill - Ref. #6601 - 3.375 x 5.875
Height: 6 – 6.9 inches
Quo Vadis 2013 Business Planner Refill - Ref. #0401 - 4 x 6
QuoVadis University Academic Planner Refill - Ref. #2801 - 4 x 6
Quo Vadis 2013 Executive Planner Refill - Ref. #1401 - 6.25 x 6.25
Quo Vadis 2013 Visoplan Planner Refill - Ref. #6701 - 3.5 x 6.75
Exacompta 2013 Space 17 Planner Refill - Ref #1701 - 3.5 x 6.75
Exacompta 2013 Space 17 Planner Refill w/ Gold Edge - Ref. #1703 - 3.5 x 6.75
Quo Vadis 2013 Biweek Planner Refill - Ref. #4701 - 3.5 x 6.75
Quo Vadis 2013 IB Traveler Planner Refill - Ref. #0601 - 3.5 x 6.75
Quo Vadis 2013 Notor Planner Refill - Ref. #2101 - 4.75 x 6.75
Height: 8 – 8.9 inches
Exacompta 2013 Journal 21 Planner Refill - Ref. #2201 - 5.25 x 8.25
Exacompta 2013 Visual Planner Refill - Ref. #2001 - 6 x 8.25
Exacompta 2013 Visual Planner Refill w/ Gold Edge - Ref. #2003 - 6 x 8.25
Height: 9 – 9.9 inches
Exacompta 2013 Space 24 Planner Refill - Ref. #2301 - 6.25 x 9.375
Exacompta 2013 Space 24 Planner Refill w/ Gold Edge - Ref. #2303 - 6.25 x 9.375
Quo Vadis 2012-13 Monthly 4 Planner Refill - Ref. #7601 - 7 x 9.375
Quo Vadis 2013 Minister Planner Refill - Ref. #1501 - 6.25 x 9.375
Quo Vadis 2013 Trinote Planner Refill - Ref. #4801 - 7 x 9.375
Quo Vadis 2013 Trinote Planner Refill w/ Gold Edge - Ref. #4803 - 7 x 9.375
Quo Vadis Scholar Academic Planner Refill - Ref. #5501 - 6.25 x 9.375
Height: 10 – 10.9 inches
Quo Vadis 2013 Note 27 Planner Refill - Ref. #2701 - 8.25 x 10.5
Quo Vadis 2013 President Planner Refill - Ref. #1601 - 8.25 x 10.5
Height: 11+ inches
Quo Vadis 2013 Prenote Planner Refill - Ref. #2401 - 8.25 x 11.625
Learn more about Quo Vadis and Exacompta:
Founded in 1954 in Paris, Quo Vadis was built on the practical (and new at the time) framework of a calendar/diary combination format, invented by the French doctor, F.G. Beltrami. Known today simply as a “weekly planner format,” Quo Vadis has evolved this concept into a full line of stylish monthly, weekly, and daily planners. With the aim to keep you organized, all Quo Vadis Refills are compatible with certain Quo Vadis Covers and have a sewn binding and micro-perforated, detachable corners.
Established in 1928 in Paris, Exacompta originally manufactured ledgers primarily for accounting. Today they have grown to incorporate high quality and stylish notebooks, datebooks, and filing accessories. Exacompta Prestige agendas are printed on two special papers: Registre Azur, a lightly green-tinted paper (developed to be easy on the eyes); and Ivoire Satine, a very fine ivory paper that is lightweight and exceptionally strong. All Exacompta Prestige Refills are compatible with Quo Vadis Covers and have a sewn binding and micro-perforated, tear-off corners.