Thursday, June 17, 2010

Moleskine 2011 large Daily and Vertical Weekly planners

Though it's only June, I am already excited about my new 2011 Moleskine planners!  I pre-ordered (from Amazon) the large hard-cover Daily, which will be the fourth (!!) year running I've used this as my journal, and the Vertical Weekly.

As you can see in the above photo, the packaging for the planners is new this year.  The different formats each have a different color on the label, which makes it much easier to make sure you're getting the format you intend to.

Here is the inside of the Daily, in case you haven't seen inside one of these before:
I love the simplicity.  I love using this as a journal.  The lines are the perfect ruling size for my handwriting, and I like the icons at the bottom of each page to record the day's weather (click on the photo for a larger view).  The layout of the page is great.  I appreciate the space at the top of the page to write the day's major event.

The daily planners, like all the 2011 Moleskine planners, have the monthly calendars like this:


I really like the month calendars this way!  Seeing two months at a time really helps me plan ahead.  And I like the space at the bottom of the pages for that month's goals, reminders, or notes.

The monthly calendars take up all the pages that used to be dedicated to the current and future year's monthly columns.  As a result, there are no longer monthly planning pages for the future year.  However, there are still overview calendars of the current and future year to help with planning:


In my opinion, losing the future year's planning pages is a small price to pay to have this excellent monthly layout.

Here is the Vertical Weekly planner:

This is a format I've used before in other brands but not in a Moleskine.  I like that there are no lines drawn to delineate the daily columns.  I don't particularly like the big gap between 13:00 and 14:00 on the weekdays.  But, what I intend to use this planner for is a modified week + notes format where I use the top portion of the day columns as my days, and the space under that gap for the week's lists and notes.  Not having vertical lines drawn for the columns will make it easy to write across that space as I need to.  Unfortunately I have to wait until January before I know if this method will work for me or not!!!

The Vertical Weekly also has the monthly calendars I love:

I've used the Moleskine 18 month weekly notebook, but this is my first Moleskine 12 month weekly planner.  It is so amazingly slim. It's slimmer than a Moleskine ruled notebook.  It's a very streamlined book.

In both of these planners the same usual Moleskine features apply: international holidays and dialing information, time zones map, travel planning pages, pocket in the back etc.  Let me just say: I know some people are picky about the Moleskine paper, but I love it.

You can find these planners on Amazon:

Moleskine 2011 12 Month Daily Planner: Black Hard Cover Large (Moleskine Srl)

Moleskine 2011 12 Month Weekly Planner Vertical: Black Hard Cover Large (Moleskine Srl)

Is anyone else chomping at the bit for next year's planners already??  Or is it just me?

6 comments:

  1. Oh yeah! I have been using the large Mole12 month daily planner as a journal as well and I suspect I will continue to do so for 2011.

    I am also toying with the Exacompta undated 365 as a journal as well, but can't find one in person to compare to the Mole.

    June...the year is half over and it's time to get the 2011 planner ducks in a row. Yahoooooo!

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  2. I for one will be really lost by the end of this year. As you are aware (and have certainly helped me) I have been all over the place this year and I really hate it. I was a FC user, but didn't want to be associated with a cult. Then I was in the Filo A5, then the Filo personal, back to the FC classic and so on. I have actually been with the Filo Finchley personal for 2 months now. But what will I do for 2011?
    I have been reading and studying others like the Mole Daily for next year or something else. I am so used to the binder ring, I hate to give it up! I want a Winchester Filo so bad I can taste it! But have never found one on ebay or the net for sale. I know if could get a great leather with big rings "open style" from Filo, I'd be in love. I have the Guildford personal zip (1 3/16" rings) but have already scatched the leather really bad, so I put it away. Keep testing I need to make a decision for next year. I can't keep changing like this, I lose too much information between changes!

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  3. gregorym, I truly feel for you. After literally years of self-torture over planners and testing dozens, I am just starting to figure out what works for me. I am learning there is no Perfect Planner, just ones that work Well Enough.

    If you are interested in testing the waters of the Bound Planners pool, you're in luck: July 1 I will have a post about my favorite mid-year planners that start this summer and undated planners that you can start any time. So if you are desperate to start something new and don't want to wait 6 more months, check out my suggestions in the July 1 post!

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  4. Thanks for the post about these planners. I'll check 'em out, but I may stick with the Moleskine red weekly planner that I discovered last year. Like you, I've been back and forth with different planners over the years, but I think I've found one that might get used TWO years in a row. Crazy!

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  5. i'm almost definitely heading back to moleskine or something similar for my planner next year and retiring my multiple filofaxes. i became really aware of storage issues and how i am so much more likely to lose the loose pages of a filofax diary, which is even more of an issue given that the last year of my life has been really exciting and i will be likely moving house plenty in the next few years as i graduate. so i'm heading back to bound planners used alongside bound notebooks i think...

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  6. Jess I'm moving to a planner + notebook system myself, because I kept losing pages within my multiple Filofaxes! Now I'm using my A5 Domino for my multiple blogs, but for lists and notes I'm writing them chronologically in a bound notebook. I'm hoping this will help me access them more easily!

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