As I wrote in Me and my Trinote, I love my Trinote. But there is something important it's lacking: monthly pages.
I've gone back and forth on whether monthly pages are really necessary for me, and I've finally come to the determination that they absolutely are. Thus began my quest to find a solution.
I have a Quo Vadis Monthly 4 planner and I really like its layout, so I decided to try to stick it inside the cover of the Trinote. Unfortunately the Monthly 4 was too fat to allow the Trinote's cover to close. So I went in search of another option.
I wondered if a Moleskine Monthly Notebook would work. I don't have one, but I do have Moleskine Cahier books in Extra Large and Large sizes, which have similar numbers of pages as the monthly notebooks. I stuck the Extra Large into the Trinote, but the cover was too big to slide into the sleeve of the Trinote's cover. And again the book was too fat. So I tried the Large size, but it didn't fit snugly into the cover and I decided it wasn't worth it sliding around and potentially falling out of my book.
Ecosystem Life has monthly calendar inserts (although the 2011 versions are not out yet) that fit into the back pocket of their planners, which would be perfect. But again size was an issue: from reading the measurements on their website it appears their Large size would be too large to fit, and their Medium size would give me the sliding around problem again.
Then I found what may be my solution: On the Quo Vadis Trinote page there is a Monthly Calendar download available, so I downloaded it and printed it out. It prints onto a Letter size page, but I trimmed the page down to just the size of the monthly calendar itself and it fits into the Trinote nearly perfectly with only a tiny bit of overhang.
I have the pages paperclipped onto the front page of my Trinote, and immediately I noticed some advantages:
1) First obvious advantage: it's free
2) Huge advantage: it's loose leaf, so I can rotate the months to always have the current month on top for easy access so I don't have to flip pages to view the current month. When the month is done I rotate it to the back for reference, and the following months are under the current one for forward-planning.
3) Another huge advantage: if I mess up my page or my plans change radically, I can just print out a fresh page and start the month over again.
This is great!