Friday, March 9, 2012

Collins Classic Manager Week diary

I am very excited to show you the Collins Classic Manager Week diary! Many thanks to Collins for giving me this GORGEOUS diary as a sample!  I love it!
This diary is very classy-looking with a leather-like smooth cover that is slightly padded, so it feels nice in your hands. The gold corners and gilded page edges look so elegant! The book is full of luxurious details that add to the overall beauty of this diary.
The smart appearance of this diary is eye-catching but what really hooked me was the paper. Seriously. The diary itself is beautiful, and classy-looking, and nice to hold. But once I touched the paper that was it. I'm officially hooked. The paper is super-smooth, acid-free and an ivory color that is very pleasant to look at (not grayed or too dark).

There are LOADS of excellent and useful features in this diary!  The first page is Personal Information, then after that are 3-year reference calendars with the current year highlighted:
(Click on any of the photos to enlarge)

After that there are several pages packed with reference info (which I use and really appreciate having in my planner!).  There are pages with International Holidays for many countries around the world. There are detailed pages with international dialing information (including codes both into and out the of countries, and accurate time zone information):
There is a world time zone map with the exact time zone for lots of cities, and an excellent pageful of phone numbers and websites for travel information in the UK.
There is a two-page spread of useful conversions of all kinds:
Next there is a two-page spread with the entire year at a glance for long-range planning. I love annual planners like this, they really help me plan travel, deadlines etc.


Then comes the weekly section with the week on two pages and days as columns. Click to enlarge the photo to see all the excellent features of this page!  The days are timed from 8 am to 8 pm with a couple of lines for after 8pm.  Under the days are lines for Notes where you can write notes and tasks for that particular day, or to use for categorized lists.  There is a real ribbon placemarker which is another one of those luxurious touches that makes this book so nice!
Along the side of the pages are cut-in TABS to take you straight to the first week of each month so you can easily find future weeks. We all know how much I love monthly tabs!!  Also you can see the monthly calendars on the page with the current month highlighted.
After all the weekly pages there is a planner for the entire future year on a 2-page spread:
And then there are more useful pages! There is a Staff Leave planner which is very useful for managers. There is a Financial Planner to help you see your income and categorized expenditures in a way that lets you compare them month to month:
There are several pages for Personal information, and a page for Most Used Numbers. Then come the maps!!!
I LOVE maps in planners, and I have to say these are the most beautiful and most detailed maps I've ever seen in a planner. They look like they are from a really good atlas.
These are only some of the maps! 
Look at the level of detail!  Sometimes I flip through this book just to caress the paper and look at the maps, it is just that nice!
There is an excellent world map, and maps of the UK rail network and London Underground too.
The Manager size measures 260 by 148 mm (approx. 10 1/2 by 7 3/4 inches) so if you're carrying a laptop or iPad it will fit easily in your bag. And, it looks especially good sitting on your desk or in a meeting!

The Classic line of planners has an extensive range of sizes and formats available. Click here to see the entire range of Collins Classic planners in daily and weekly formats and all sizes.

Huge thanks again to the kind folks at Collins for giving me this gorgeous diary!

3 comments:

  1. Holy crap! Just the maps :-O What a neat planner!! It's A4 size?
    Wonder if they make one just like it in A5...

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  2. It's smaller than A4, between A4 and A5. A4 is approx. 12 inches tall and 8 inches wide, this is 10 1/2 by 7 3/4, and A5 is about 8 1/2 by 5 1/2. So it's a nice middle.

    And they DO make an A5 weekly with the maps and all the other features (their Compact size is A5), but the weekly format in the A5 is horizontal:

    http://www.collinsdebden.co.uk/Diaries/2012-Business-Diaries/Classic-Desk-and-Pocket-Diaries/210-x-148mm/2012-Classic-Compact-Week-Appt-1270V/

    I have to admit, I love this diary so much I dug around on Amazon UK and found the DAILY version of it and ordered it up!! It will probably take about 6 weeks to get to me here but you can bet I'll be reviewing it as soon as I get it! Here it is:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Collins-Classic-Manager-Appointment-260mmx190mm/dp/B003DJ8GVK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331344211&sr=8-1

    They also have an A5 daily that is really tempting too:

    http://www.collinsdebden.co.uk/Diaries/2012-Business-Diaries/Classic-Desk-and-Pocket-Diaries/210-x-148mm/2012-Classic-Compact-Day-Appt-1250V/

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  3. OH. MY. GOSH. I <3 the daily!! Dang-why don't these sell here???

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