I am very excited to review these Quo Vadis Time and Life planners! They tick a lot of boxes: all seven days have full-size columns, there are month grid calendars and pull-out anno-planning calendars. There are repositionable notes pages, covers with pockets, and great portable sizes. This post is longer than Quo Vadis blog posts usually are, and it’s very photo heavy so I can show you the great features of these planners.
These planners are in English but are actually made for the Japanese market. They have holidays for the US, UK, France and Japan printed in the day spaces. Even things like Daylight Savings Time for the US and European Summer Time are noted on the days, which is very handy.
The Time and Life planners are currently available in France, Germany and Japan. Quo Vadis sent these to me to ask if I thought the US market would be interested in them, and my immediate reply was definitely yes! Take a look and see if you would like these to be available to you. Currently you can order these from the Quo Vadis UK website, but they take longer to ship.
(First of all let me apologize that the photo quality isn’t the best. It’s hard to get good light this time of year at 57 degrees north. But you’ll be able to see the features okay. You can click on the photos for a larger view.)
The cover material is soft and leather-like, and feels very nice. The purple planner is the Pocket size, 10 by 15 cm (4 by 6 inches). The red one is the Medium size which is 16 cm square (6 1/4 inches). They are both very portable and handy to carry everywhere. I have to confess I love these planners and I moved into the Medium red one immediately. Then my daughter spotted them and claimed the purple one for herself! They are very appealing.
Inside the front cover there are a couple of slots for cards, and the cover creates a pocket which is a handy place to put papers.
There is a fold-out Anno-planner for the current and following year. This fold-out page is attached to the rings with tabs, so it is repositionable if you would like to move it to a different location in the planner.
Next are several repositionable notes pages, so you can move them to different locations in the book or remove them neatly when they are no longer relevant. I’m using a two-page spread for each month for things to do that month and to track expenses. There are plenty of pages with some left over too.
Next is a page with some information about the Time and Life planners. They are designed to incorporate all aspects of your life into one planner: work, family and self. I think these planners do a great job of keeping it all together!
There are two Timetable pages so you can keep track of everyone’s weekly schedules at a glance.
The monthly grid calendars have holidays in the day spaces which is very helpful. Monthly calendars are some of the most-requested features in Quo Vadis planners and it’s great to have them in this planner!
The weekly spread has an excellent, efficient layout. All seven days have full size columns, so the weekends have just as much space as the weekdays. This is great for those of us who are just as busy, or busier, on the weekends!
I love how the dates are nice and big at the top of the page, making it easy to find days as you flip through the pages. Something I’ve noticed that I really like: the date color is blue until the Vernal Equinox, then green until Summer Solstice, then red until the Autumnal equinox, then orange until the Winter Solstice when it goes back to blue again. I love the color designations for the seasons/ quarters, and the changing colors also help find the date you’re looking for quickly.
At the top of each day’s column is a box for priorities that day. The daily column is timed from 7 am to 10 pm! Another frequent request we get is for extended times so that is a great feature. There is room above and below the timed space if you need earlier or later appointment times too.
At the bottom of each column is an open space for notes or reminders. You can use it any way you like. At the right of the page is a column with designated list boxes with icons for phone calls, emails, meetings and children’s activities. These boxes are flexible and can also be used any way you like.
Below is the weekly layout in the smaller Pocket size, which is compact but still easy to write in.
The paper is spectacular, as you would expect from Quo Vadis. It is pure white, super smooth and has no bleed through and practically no shadowing even with my wet gel pens, so my writing is not at all obscured when writing on both sides of the pages.
The Medium size planner came with a repositionable page marker that doubles as a ruler.
Here you can see it in the planner. There are also tear-off corner tabs to mark the current week.
Other features include reference calendars:
There are also reference pages with international holidays, telephone codes, conversions etc.
Inside the back of the book is a reference booklet with themed tabs for Health, Children, Administration and Services, Going out and Body Care.
The booklet also has A to Z tabs.
The Medium size is currently available via Quo Vadis UK (click here for link) for worldwide shipping.
Here is a short video by Quo Vadis showing the French version and how it’s used.
Personally I think this would be a wonderful addition to the Quo Vadis US lineup. There is a French version (sold out for this year) in a larger size (16 by 24 cm, 6 1/4 by 9 3/8 inches) that I would like to see added too.
Would you be interested in these planners? If so, which size: Pocket (4 by 6 inches), Medium (6 1/4 by 6 1/4 inches), or Large (6 1/4 by 9 3/8 inches)?
Thanks for your input everyone!