At Last … the best way to combine a diary and a planner.
Introducing the Day Book Planner Daily Journal
Planners, Day Books, Diaries… Call them what you will but they all suffer from one flaw.
Every one of them has dates pre-printed in them which means they will only last for a specific date range. There is limited space to write in.
If you have time off or don’t use your diary for a period of time, those pages are dead. Left blank because they can’t be used without confusing yourself.
Did I really do that on that day?
Did I write that there because it was the only free space I had in my diary?
I’ve not got the space I need to write everything down, will I confuse myself if I write on a different day?
I’ve been there myself, I’ve had to use diaries and planners to keep track of what happens, what I plan to do, and then life gets in the way. Days and weeks get missed because of holidays or because sometimes you’re so damn busy you don’t have time to fill in your planner (and because you’re busy working on one project there’s nothing to write in there anyway.)
I know there are about a million and one methods that people advocate as the best way to use a planner. How it should be formatted and how you have to structure it yourself so that you can keep track of things. I’m not here to teach granny how to suck eggs (and granny if you’re reading, like you I’ve not got a clue where that term originated) , but if you are like me and you have struggled to pick up new methods have a look at the method I have found that works best for me. Even if you have a system that works for you, have a look anyway at the way I’ve found and see if it helps to improve things.
I realise that a diary is good for structure, and a planner is good for the ability to write everything down. So I have created a mashup between a diary and a planner. It has a traditional week to a view diary style where you can write things in. The appointments you have to keep, notable events that happened (or are due to happen) on a day, and any tasks or activities you have asked someone else to do for you. There is also a space to bring forward anything that is still outstanding from the previous view.
The difference with this page view is that the dates are not already filled in. This means you can get one of these planners and use it straight away without having months of blank pages that you will never use. Also if you have a week or two on holiday you don’t have to skip pages.
The date can be written against each day and this means you are sure to use every page in your planner as you
don’t have any blank pages. I have included enough week views so that you can get at least a year out of each planner.
One really annoying thing I’ve had to come to terms with in the past when using a week to a page view is that either I have to write really really small, or I have to try and come up with a shorthand way of being able to write everything down.
This is where conventional planners have their advantages – they don’t have any structure and so you can keep on writing until you’ve captured everything. That advantage is also the downfall of the conventional planner. There’s no structure so how many pages do you have to turn to get back to last week, or two weeks ago?
Knowing these advantages of the conventional planner, after the week to a view pages, I have added blank planner pages. These are here so that you can write down all of the details of what happened during a meeting, or what do you actually need to remember about an activity. But where’s the structure?
This is the best part. Each page is numbered.
On any day you can write the page number for the planner page you are adding more detail on. The combination of numbers and these planner pages are what gives this planner the best of both worlds, the flexibility of a planner and the structure of a diary.
On these planner pages you can write agendas, things you need to remember about an activity, the details of a phone conversation, any important things you need to remember.
The flexibility to write what you need is there, and the ability to link it back to a specific date gives this planner the structure you need to be able to find out when somebody said something, the day when you agreed to do a list of things, the details about an activity, the options are endless.
One thing I’m not going to say is that this is the best method in the world for a planner and diary, but I know from my own experience it is the best way of having the structure of a diary and the flexibility of a planner.
These planners are available on Amazon and for a short introductory time, I am going to keep the price of these Day Book Planners down so that everyone can take advantage of them for a low cost.
By the way, if you’re reading this way out in the future and the price has gone up, I’m sorry, but you missed out on this introductory offer. But if you subscribe to my email list you will make sure you don’t miss out on anything good like this again. The price is still going to be a good deal for you though, as I don’t believe in hiking up the prices for something that is essential to everyday life.
I’m really interested to know if you have bought one how you find the usability of it, and if there is anything that can be improved upon. You can help make this planner as flexible as you need it to be for the future. Think of it as helping to develop a system that works best for you.
(Here’s that link to the planner on Amazon again https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1091534977)