Friday, July 12, 2013

Quo Vadis Space 24 week + notes planner

People have been recommending this planner to me for years. And last year Paulien did an excellent guest post here on Plannerisms about her Space 24 to further try to convince me to get this planner. I don't know what took me so long, but I finally got one!

Ok, I'll be really honest here: for years I bought Moleskine week + notes planners, and couldn't justify getting another week + notes planner at the same time. But this year I finally decided I can't buy Moleskine planners any more because my pens bleed through the paper making the opposite side of the page unusable. So this year instead I got the Quo Vadis Space 24 with its 90 gsm super-smooth paper!

I'll also admit I had my reservations about the very slight greenish tint of the paper, the same as in the Journal 21 I reviewed years ago, but after looking at it for awhile I discovered it really is soothing and pleasant to look at. In fact, I also ordered a Journal 21 for 2014 (which is a whole 'nother story which I will tell you about another day!).

The Space 24 is from the US and is in Quo Vadis's Exacompta line of planners, but they are available on the Quo Vadis UK website (which is where I ordered it from). This is the gorgeous Club cover in Purple! (How could I resist it, right??)

Here's a walk through the book. (Quo Vadis, I have a few suggestions for changes and have marked them with a ***.) Click on photos for a larger view.

The first two-page spread has personal information and holidays for the US and Canada for the current and next year.

The next page has holidays for several countries around the world, and a page for conversions.

***Quo Vadis, please insert December 26 Boxing Day as a holiday in the UK, which it is.

***Also, here's me being picky: I use a temperature conversion scale often to switch from C to F and back again. This one gives the conversion equation instead. I'm not going to take the time to do the math. I would much prefer a quick-reference scale with temperatures in 5 degree C increments from -40 to 100 degrees C and the corresponding degrees F.

The next two-page spread has a time zone map for the US and an excellent reference page with international phone codes.

There are excellent maps of North and South America, but no other countries.

Next there is a planner with months as columns with six months at a glance.

Next are month per page grid calendars! Hooray!! The daily squares are nice and big with plenty of space to write.

Now the weekly pages! Monday through Friday are on the left page, Saturday and Sunday are at the bottom of the right page. Most of the right page is lined for list and notes.

The Monday-Friday daily spaces are lined and timed:
Saturday and Sunday at the bottom of the opposite page are lined but not timed. The Notes space gives you loads of space each week for lists and notes!

***Here's another thing I would like to change: Holidays are printed on the day space on the 11 o'clock line. So if you write anything in at 11:00 you'll obscure the printed holiday.

I would prefer the holiday situation as in the Rhodia planner with the holiday printed at the top of the day:
Or even better at the left at the top of the day like this:

After the weekly pages there is an excellent overview planner for the following year so you can fill in upcoming events and appointments before you have your following-year planner.

The back page of the planner is this Travel Expense record, which is only useful if you need to record travel expenses.
***I would prefer this page to be blank for notes, or to have a
reference calendar like this (from the Quo Vadis Trinote planner):

I'm guessing the planner doesn't have one of these reference calendars because there are already so many monthly calendars throughout the book. But, I do use these reference calendars to map out things long-term all on one page.

Tucked into the back of the planner is an address booklet. Also available for separate purchase are notes booklets, which I should have ordered! I think I'll go back to the website to get some.

The Space 24 is slightly larger than A5, 6 1/4 inches wide by 9 3/8 inches tall. But it's very slim and lightweight so it can go everywhere in your bag easily.

So there's the Space 24! It's a fantastic planner and I'm glad I finally got one!!


  1. So if you were choosing between the Space 24 and the Rhodia Webplanner, which would you choose? Because I will want one or the other for work next year. Looks like Space 24 has monthly grids and lines on note page but Rhodia has equal space for days and white paper, so pros and cons kind of equal out for me.

    1. Well you've hit the nail on the head there with the main differences. Personally I need month calendars so that would tip it to the Space 24 for me. But if you need more space for lists and notes each week, the Rhodia has more.

  2. I've used the Space 24 planner for ages. I look every year for something better but just keep coming back to it. The only thing lacking have been blank or lined pages for notes. I've always found the address book insert useless. Now that you've mentioned that they're sold separately, I'll have to order one (or look for it at the Berkeley stationer where I buy the annual insert each year.