Friday, February 18, 2011
Moving on to the Quo Vadis Minister Habana
The crisis of the week is crazy vaccine schedules. All of us have to get multiple vaccines, at specific time intervals. The kids also have to get medical exams for school applications. Packout and departure dates are yet to be determined. There's so much to plan ahead for, predictably the Moleskine day per page planner wasn't cutting it. I needed to see a week at a time to schedule multiple appointments throughout each week. Even the small but functional monthly calendars in the Moleskine couldn't handle the planning load.
Christine's recent post on her Quo Vadis President planner got me thinking about my Quo Vadis Minister planner, which has the exact same format as the President but in a slightly smaller size. Those of you who have been reading my blog for a long time may remember that I used a Quo Vadis Minister Equology planner at the beginning of 2010 and loved it, but eventually abandoned it due to lack of monthly pages. (Click here to see my full review of the Minister Equology in my photo set on Flickr.) I don't know why I never thought of printing out monthly calendars and sticking them in, because it's so easy. (Click here to see how I printed monthly calendars for my Trinote planner).
Last fall my Trinote saw me through my move to Scotland beautifully, but I longed for something more portable.
Cue the Minister Habana. (Click here for my review of the 2011 Minister Habana for lots of photos and information about it.) It is narrower than the Trinote, and has no address booklet so it's much slimmer too. (I put a super-slim Moleskine address booklet into the back pocket of the Minister for my contacts, which added practically no bulk at all.)
The firm yet flexible cover closes with an elastic strap, keeping it closed and protected in my bag.
Another happy discovery: the Habana version has a couple of blank pages at the beginning and end of the bound pages, giving me several pages for notes, lists and reference information instead of just the one notes page in the refillable-cover version.
The week at a glance with boxes for notes is keeping me organized with everything I have going on. It's nice to return to this familiar format after I used it last year too.
I've been using the maps a lot lately (more on that in my next post), and I need the international dialing information (which includes Indonesia!).
Another thing that's useful for me right now, which my Moleskine lacks, is the Minister's annual planner for next year. (Photo shows this year's but next year's planner is the same format, with the entire year across the two-page spread with months as columns).
So the combination of the weekly layout with space for lists; portable slim size; maps and international reference material; pretty cover with elastic strap closure; and the addition of monthly calendars makes the Minister a winner!