Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Collins Home and Work Diary

If you are managing work, home, personal and/ or community responsibilities and need some help keeping everything straight, check out the Collins Home and Work Diary.
This is a new diary for 2012, and is specifically designed for very busy people who have a lot to manage. It is absolutely packed with features. Below you can see the Table of Contents listing the pages. (Click on photos for larger views.) This is way more than just a diary, this is a method for managing your seemingly endless tasks, and your stress levels.
Before I get into it let me say that I appreciate the charities this diary supports: saving the Tasmanian Devils to try to prevent them going extinct:
and the Fistula Relief Aid Fund to help women in Africa who have had problems in childbirth:
Now on to the diary itself. It is designed by a psychologist who specializes in stress-related disorders.There are several pages of text with advice on reducing anxiety, preventing feelings of pressure about the future, helping you through overwhelming household chores, action planning and goal setting.

There is a page to help you set your goals for all of 2012, in a variety of categories:
Then for each month there is a page to set your goals for that month:
Also for each month there is a page for your expense summary:
This is a day-per-page diary, and each page is a large 24 cm wide by 21 cm tall. Each daily page has your appointments schedule along the edge of the page, with 24 hours starting at 3 am and ending at 2am. This 24 hour schedule is great for people who work shifts or need to record medication dosages around the clock.
On each day's page there are task lists for Personal, Family/ Community and Business, and space for Journaling/ Notes.  There's a space to list errands for the day, record important totals and an inspirational quote for each day.

Along the edge of the pages the months are indicated, to help you find the month and day you are looking for easily. There are also two ribbon placemarkers so you can mark the current day and your monthly goals page for easy reference.
There are several pages for notes, and in the back of the book there is a top-opening transparent plastic envelope to hold cards and other bits of paper.

Also in this diary are reference calendars, year planners, telephone listings, conversions and international dialing codes, world holidays and more.  There's a household cleaning list to help you schedule and assign chores. There's also a 10 week countdown planner to Christmas, and an undesignated 10 week countdown planner to use for planning a wedding, move, or other major event. There's so much more in this diary I can't even detail it all.  It's very comprehensive!

Many thanks to Collins for sending me this diary as a sample to review!

Images published with written permission from Collins.

14 comments:

  1. Thank you for show us this diary it´s just what i was looking for!. I bought it in Collins, and in the process they asker me how did I find them, and of course I mentioned your web. Thanks again.

    Carmen

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  2. WOW, this looks amazing! Is it as huge as it looks? Does it have a monthly overview fir appointments?

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  3. Thanks Carmen! I hope you enjoy your new diary! :)

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  4. This is the COOLEST thing I have ever seen. It is exactly what I have been looking for for YEARS... literally! Thank you!

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  5. Kinda cumbersome to me. If this helps people manage better then more power to ya. I would prefer an individualistic approach and have a separate notebook listing my goals, to do list, and finances. But to each their own. I like the charity part, and I like the fact that it's simply put together.

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  6. Laurie, this looks awesome, but also HUUUUUGE! Is it like A4 landscape format? And does it also have a monthly or weekly overview for appointments and such?

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  7. Jotje it is big, but only just a little bit bigger than an A5 Filofax, not as big as A4. It doesn't have monthly or weekly overview calendars, but it does have a year overview with the months as columns and a space for each day, and before the first day of each month there is a goals page that has a weekly breakdown of what needs to happen each week of the month.

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  8. I like the concept of "unexpected items completed," because there are so many things that pop up in a day but it's nice to keep record of when they were completed.

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  9. Just found this post, Laurie, through link-hopping the 'you might also like' features at the bottom of a succession of posts! Did you ever use this planner?? I'm fascinated! It looks huge (and now that you know your planner weight limit I'm sure it'd be over that) but I'd love to know people's experiences of using it.

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    1. Hi Gail! This planner is pretty huge, and I never did really use it because it was just more planner than I needed at the time. It would be excellent for someone with a lot going on though!

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    2. Thanks. Sadly I don't think they make it any more - I've just been hunting round the Collins website and can't see anything equivalent. Oh well, the photos are pretty at least :-)

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    3. Ta dahhhh!! http://franklinplanner.fcorgp.com/uk/buy/Day-Planners/Home-and-Work-Diary---2014/prod1680080/?skuId=HWDL24-14

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  10. Wow!!! Okay, you really DO know everything planner-related, I bow down before your wisdom! Thanks :-)

    Does Collins have some sort of link or parternship with FC, then??

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    1. I happen to know this because the parent company that makes Collins diaries also makes my Plannerisms planners: the Home and Work diaries are from the Collins Debden Australia branch, and they have a special agreement with Franklin Covey to sell these planners on their websites. The Home and Work diary is also available on the US Franklin Covey website too: http://franklinplanner.fcorgp.com/store/buy/All-Planners-and-Refills/24-Hour-Home-and-Work-Planner---2014/prod1390128/

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