The Moleskine Monthly Notebook is a monthly planner only, no weekly views. It has all the usual Moleskine features including the international information, ivory paper, placemarker and pocket in the back. It comes in Pocket, Large and Extra Large sizes. Mine is the Large size, approximately 5 by 8 1/2 inches.
The Monthly Notebook only comes with the soft cover in black. I had formerly shunned all Moleskine soft covers on principle. I wanted the durability of the hard cover. But I have to say, I'm loving the soft cover, especially in such a slim book. It makes the book very lightweight and slim, so it easily goes everywhere with me in my bag. And it feels nice in my hands. Cover Win!
The planner has a few different types of monthly planners. Side by side reference calendars for this year and next year, very handy:
Months as columns for all of the current year, 4 months to view:
Then after December there are 53 lined pages for notes. Even if you use a two-page spread after December like the rest of the months, that still gives you 51 notes pages, which is enough for one page per week of the entire year (minus one week, and there's sure to be a week of vacation in there somewhere when you won't need an entire page that week).
So here's how I'm using it:
I use the monthly columns for overviews, which is extremely useful to see long-range plans like school holidays and travel.
I use the month on two page calendars for all appointments, activities, bills due and paid, holidays, birthdays, and any other scheduled details.
Like I said above, I use the two-page spread between the months for monthly specifics. I'll use a notes page per week for my weekly lists and to-dos, notes and whatever else. I'm not too structured about how I use these notes pages, I love the flexibility of the unformatted pages.
I love the stripped-down simplicity of this monthly planner. The monthly grids are completely uncluttered, so anything I write is very visible. I can use the notes pages in any way I need to at the time, there's no set way to use it.
I'm using this Monthly Notebook as an accompaniment to my day per page diary, which keeps my daily to-do lists and details. So I use my Monthly for the overview and Daily for the specifics.
Because the monthly pages are smack in the middle of the book, it took a little flipping of pages to locate whatever month I was looking for. So I used a Sharpie marker to indicate the edges of each month's pages, running down the edges (as I have done in my day per page diaries *1* *2* *3* years in a row now). Now I can go directly to the month I'm looking for!
Also as I like to do in my day per page diary, I had my kids decorate some of the pages for me. There are so many notes pages, I wasn't at all worried about them using up too many pages. I handed them the book and asked them not to draw on any of the pages with squares (the monthly calendars themselves) and let them have at it. The result, as always, is that now I have original art from my children in my planner, which makes me absolutely cherish it!
|"Our house and Christmas tree"|
|"Walking through the snowy forest"|
I am loving this system. The monthly notebook is a great companion to my pocket daily. It's excellent for monthly and longer-range planning, lists and notes while my daily book plans and records each day's details. They are both light and portable so they go together easily in my bag.
My mom liked this planner so much she ordered one for herself too!
Thanks again Mommy for getting me this planner! I hope this gives you some ideas on how to use yours. Love you!!