In a previous post I discussed the pros and cons of using either a dated day per page planner or undated notebook as your daily book. Each type of book has its advantages: an undated notebook gives you unlimited space for writing and drawing, but it’s easier to fall off the daily wagon; a dated book limits you (which can be a good thing) and encourages consistency by providing a designated page every day.
If you’ve decided you want the consistency of dated pages, in this post I’ll help you choose which day per page planner will best fit your needs. Quo Vadis day per page planners come in different sizes with unique formats. We’ll explore each one to see what works best for you.
First of all, I highly recommend the Journal 21 day per page planner, for several reasons.
Like all Quo Vadis day per page planners, there is a full page for each day, even Saturday and Sunday. The Journal 21 has timed lines with a large space at the top of each day to record the day’s priority or significant events. The page size is a generous 5 1/4 by 8 1/4 inches, but because the book has a soft cover its total weight is significantly less than hardcover books of the same size, so it’s easy to carry with you everywhere.
The Journal 21 has month grid calendars, which are great if you want to use your book as your planner as well as your daily record.
Another use for the month grid calendars is as a short summary of each day or an index, making it easy to find what went on when. For example, the year I used a dated day per page planner as my daily book, my son had an ongoing cough. Because I had recorded symptoms and days off school in my diary, and noted them in the month calendars, I was able quickly put together a pattern of symptoms for the doctor and get to the bottom of the issue easily. (Result: seasonal allergies, not asthma.)
The Journal 21 also has monthly column calendars with a line for each day. These are great for tracking anything like weight, blood pressure, travel days, daily weather, anything at all.
The Journal 21 is available to order from these online retailers.
Another favorite of mine is the Textagenda (academic year)/ Notor (January-December), which are slightly smaller at 4 3/4 by 6 3/4 inches. These planners have a unique daily format where the timed schedule is at the top of the page, leaving the rest of the page open for lists, notes, etc.
I have a friend who bought a Textagenda so she could get started on our Page Per Day Challenge immediately! If you want to do that, do it soon because the Textagendas are almost sold out for this year. You can find them at these online retailers. The Notor starts in January and is available from these retailers.
Another option is the ABP2, which is part of the European product line. It is the same size as the Textagenda and Notor. It has the timed schedule down the left side, and separate areas on the page for notes and memos.
I’ll warn you, the ABP2 does not lie flat, but you can get it to if you crack the spine. You can find the ABP2 on the Quo Vadis UK website, which ships internationally.
So there you have a few options to choose from. Do you want the excellent all-rounder the Journal 21 with month grids? Are you looking to keep your schedule and journaling separate in the Textagenda or Notor? Do you want your timed schedule alongside your notes in the ABP2? Decisions decisions!
**You can see all the posts in our Page Per Day Challenge series here.