In this post I will focus on formats of weekly planners, since weeklies are the most popular planner style.
There are lots of different formats of weekly planners. In this post I will give examples of the most popular weekly planner types, and I'll discuss uses for each.
The Horizontal Weekly format is the most basic weekly format. It has the day spaces across the page with Monday through Wednesday or Thursday on the left page, and the rest of the week on the right page. These formats sometimes have a space for notes on the weekly page to add symmetry to the layout. The horizontal format is the most popular weekly format in the US, and nearly every planner brand has a version of it. Below is the Plan-It Planner's horizontal weekly format. (Plan-It planners also have monthly calendars embedded between the weeks.)
(Click here to see my review of the Plan-It planners.)
Below is the Paperblanks weekly planner, with an extra space under Sunday:
(Click here to see my review of Paperblanks planners.)
The Vertical Weekly format has days as columns, which is useful for seeing your day chronologically down the column. Some planners have timed columns, some lined without times, and some blank. Vertical columns are especially useful for planning how long activities will take, seeing how much time you have between events, or for blocking out periods of time. Another useful feature of days as vertical columns is that undone tasks can be arrowed over to the next day without re-writing. Below is the Moleskine vertical weekly format (see my review here):
Below is the Success Planner's vertical weekly format (click photo to enlarge image). I'll review the Success Planners next week. Be sure to see Rori's excellent review of it here.
The Week + Notes format is great because it allows lists and notes to be written alongside the weekly schedule. This lets you see what you need to do (on your lists) and when you have time to do it (in your schedule).
Week + notes planners can combine notes and lists with either a horizontal or vertical daily format.
Examples of week + notes horizontal are the Moleskine weekly notebook:
(Click here for my review of the 2011-2012 Moleskine weekly notebook.)
And the Ecosystem weekly (see my review here):
Examples of the week + notes vertical are the Quo Vadis Trinote:
(Click here to see my posts about the Trinote.)
And the WeekDate planner:
(Click here to see my review of the WeekDate planner.)
The vertical week + notes format works best for me and that's how I designed my Plannerisms Going Places Planner:
Uncalendar planners have week + notes planners with mixed formats. The Full Size Uncalendar has columns for weekdays and blocks for weekend days (click here for my review):
The Half Size Uncalendar has side by side blocks for the days (see my review here):
These are only the most popular formats of weekly planners. There are other formats available but they may be harder to find. One example of an alternative weekly format is the Redstar Ink planner, click to see the page layout in their academic year and undated planner.
Do you use a weekly planner? Which format do you prefer?