Thursday, April 18, 2013

At-A-Glance Planning Notebooks

Many thanks to At-A-Glance for sending me these Planning Notebooks to review!

At-A-Glance has a whole range of Planning Notebooks that are an excellent hybrid of a notebook and a dated planner. They sent me two Planning Notebooks to review, the Perfect Bound Medium Lined with Monthly Calendars on the left and the Planning Notebook with Circle the Date on the right.

Below I've shown them with a Bic 4 color pen for scale.

First up, the Circle The Date:

 Here it is without the label:

This Planning Notebook measures 9 1/4 by 6 1/8 inches, so it's a good size for writing yet still portable.

Inside there is a plastic pocket, and a page with descriptions of the features, click to enlarge:

There are 3 year reference calendars, and index pages where you can index by dates.


Here is the meat of the Planning Notebook. The lined pages have the months and dates down the side, so you can quickly circle the date as you take notes or make plans. I can see how this would be handy in a meeting or at a conference where you are quickly taking notes and can just circle the date on the new page and blaze on.
You can use one page per day, or as many pages as you need per day.

Here is a closer look at the page. At the bottom of each page is a Hot Spot where you can write next actions or important reminders.  Every page is perforated for removal if you want.

At the back of the book are several pages with orange edges for easy reference. There are monthly calendars for 3 years:
There is an Event Planning page front/ back and a Quick Reference page front/back.

Here is one idea of how to use this book: several people have asked me if I know of a combined weekly and day per page planner. I don't, but you could easily turn this into one.

Below I have shown how you could use it as a week + notes format, then you can use the pages after this spread for your dailies. Then you can write the next week and its dailies after that.


Here's a closer look at how I drew the week page, but of course you could do any format you like. Goals at the top, a space for each day, and Weekly Review in the Hot Spot area at the bottom. I've indicated the month and the current week with the dates at the edge of the page.
Especially with the monthly calendars at the back, this book would be really handy as a self-designed planner any way you like. I don't know how many pages are in the book, but there aren't enough to use one page per day for the entire year. For that you would need to use more than one notebook for the year.

Next is the Planning Notebook with Monthly Calendars:
Here it is without the label:
This is a bound book measuring 8 1/4 by 5 inches with an elastic strap closure and a firm cover.

This book has several index pages, and lined pages to write the date at the top and a Hot Spot at the bottom for important items.
Below shows a two-page spread. There is a color-matched placemarker, and the book stays open easily on its own.

At the back of the book are three years of monthly calendars with space next to the months for notes, monthly goals, and important items that month.


There are several Quick Reference pages at the back of the book.

There are three years of reference calendars at the back of the book too.

There is a back pocket with color-matched sides inside the back cover, and a page detailing the features of the book, click to enlarge the image.


Many thanks again to At-A-Glance for these products!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Pocket Peru Filofax winner!

Congratulations to the winner of the Pocket Peru Filofax:

Maggie Noble!!!!

Maggie please email me at Laurie at Plannerisms dot com with your mailing address and I'll get your new Peru Filofax out to you!

Many thanks to everyone who participated in this giveaway, and thanks again to Filofax and The Ideas Network for providing this Filofax for the giveaway!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Filofax pocket Peru review and giveaway!

Many thanks to Filofax and The Ideas Network for sending me this pocket Peru Filofax to review and give away to one lucky reader!

The Filofax pocket Peru is made of smooth PU and has a cool Peruvian pattern with a magnetic flap closure.
 Here is the magnetic flap open:

Here is the back of the binder:

Here is the Peru open:
 "fILOFAX PERU Pocket organiser" is printed on the inside of the front cover. There are fabric flaps to protect the insides of the covers from the rings.

Here is the inside of the back cover. There is an elasticated pen loop. There are no pockets inside the front or back covers.

The Peru comes with a July 2013-December 2014 week on two pages diary, 1-6 tabs, A-Z tabs, To Do and colored lined pages, a transparent flyleaf, a black page marker and a top-opening pouch.

Here's how you can win this pocket Peru Filofax!

1. Apologies to my international friends, but this giveaway is only open to people with a UK mailing address. This is because I am paying for the packaging and shipping myself.

2. To enter, please leave a comment here on this post. Your comment is your entry. Only one entry per person.

3. Entries will close at 6pm UK time Tuesday 16 April, 2013. Any entries submitted after that time will not be counted.

4. The winner will be determined via Random.org.

5. The winner will be announced here on Plannerisms Wednesday 17 April, 2013.

6. The winner must email me with your mailing address by Friday 19 April, 2013. If I have not received an email from the winner by that time, a new winner will be chosen. So be sure to check back Wednesday to see if you won!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Moleskine Turntable 18 month planner

Here is the newest format planner from Moleskine, the Turntable! I've been wanting one of these ever since I discovered them online back in November!
The Turntable has a genius design that allows you to use the weekly pages vertically or horizontally, and you can change how you use it each week if you want to.

Here is the back of the label, click photo to enlarge:
Here is the weekly layout. There are no lines, and the days are written at the bottom of the page if you hold the book vertically or at the left side if you hold the book horizontally. I'll show you more details of the weekly pages as I show you the rest of the features of the book.  Please click to enlarge photos for a better view. I had a hard time getting the print to show up in my photos.

The 2013-2014 Turntable planner goes from July 1, 2013 all the way through the end of December 2014. There are loads of planning calendars in this book. There are monthly reference calendars for July-December 2013, all of 2014,

AND all of 2015. Then there are month column planning pages for July-December 2013,
 all of 2014,

AND ALL of 2015!  So when you start this planner in July 2013, you can plan ahead all the way through the end of December 2015! You know I love me some planning ahead!

Here's an interesting change from previous Moleskine planners: there are no country holidays. Instead of the international holidays chart, there are pages to record the holidays and events that pertain to you each month.

There is a website listed where I presume you can find lists of country holidays to help you fill in these pages. I tried the website but as of today it's not up and running yet.

Another thing that's different is that country holidays are not indicated on the days. Previously in Moleskine planners, the country abbreviation was printed on the day that country had a holiday. But in the New Year's page below, you can see there are no holiday indications. You'll need to fill in holidays on the day spaces if you want them there.

Other useful Moleskine pages are still there like the time zones map, conversions and dialing codes, which I like.

The Travels Planning pages are slightly different now, with lines.

There are Timetable pages to write your fixed weekly schedule. These pages have the Turntable format so you can use them vertically or horizontally:

There are also Expense Planning pages with the Turntable format too:

Moon phases are indicated on the day spaces as they have been in former Moleskine planners, but new this year are times for the phases, at GMT. The diary info page has more information about the moon phases and times:
 Below you can see where the moon phases are printed on the day spaces at the top of the page.
Now we get to the weekly pages. This planner starts July 1, 2013 and the weekly pages end January 3, 2015.

The days are printed at the bottom of the day spaces if the book is held vertically, and at the left if the book is held horizontally. The month dates are printed along the edge of the page for reference. There are faint hash marks to indicate the current week.


There are several unlined pages in the back of the book for Notes, with the page title also printed in the Turntable format so you can write your notes vertically or horizontally.

There is an address booklet tucked into the back pocket.

On the Moleskine website and here in my photos the cover looks more blue than it is in real life. I can assure you the true color is a glorious royal purple!

I want to congratulate Moleskine on this genius design, I think it will be a huge hit!

I ordered this Turntable planner from Amazon. It is available in this Violet color and also in Yellow, Green or Magenta, in this Large size or also in the Pocket size.

Click here to see the Moleskine Turntable planners on Amazon.com