Halfway through this year, I switched to a paper planner. I used to be a paper planner girl all the way, but switched to my phone a few years ago (this may have been partially fueled by the mini bag trend). This year though, I made the switch back. I kept missing certain appointments because I only realized I had them on the calendar when alerted five minutes beforehand, and was missing the satisfaction of writing on paper as well. As soon as I went back, to a Moleskine pocket, I was very happy, though I had to admit it drove me a bit crazy to not be able to fill out a planner all the way, from the beginning of the year. The neurotic in me was highly considering going back and filling in past events just for the sake of it, but I deemed that too crazy (though I do like writing check lists just to check item off right away).
Anyway, since 2017 is just around the corner, I went on a planner/agenda hunt. And I finally found the perfect one! It’s this Smythson Panama Pocket Diary, and this is as close to perfect for my needs as I could imagine.
Super slim? Check. I love the look of large desk calendars but have realized that for me they’re a waste of space – I never use them or bring them along in my bag, which is when I really need them. I’ve always preferred smaller, thin planners that can fit into any bag. This Smythson diary is one of the sleekest pocket diaries I’ve come across, but with enough space where I don’t feel cramped. The perfect size.
Perfect layout? Yes! I like having a week spread out across two pages, it’s just an easier format for me to manage. The Moleskine I was using had the week crammed into one page and blank lines for notes on the other, but I rarely made notes in my calendar. I have a separate journal for my notes. Also I love the little tear off corners!
Beautiful design? Of course…it’s Smythson. I love the grosgrain silk pocket, the font, the featherweight paper, everything. OK, maybe I don’t need some of the information printed, like when grouse hunting season begins, but I get its part of the brand’s heritage.
Do you use a paper or electronic planner? Both? What’s your diary/agenda of choice?