There are 5 important things to consider when choosing a diary or planner.
These 5 things are related to how you’re going to use your diary.
As a professional organiser my client focus it to ensure the system, process or storage we set up works for the client. It’s the same with a diary – it needs to be right for how it is going to be used.
1. LAYOUT (eg: day to a page, appointments, week to a page)
- Are you going to use the it for notes throughout the day (perhaps you need a day to a page, A4 size so you have the space for your notes)
- Is the diary to be used for appointments only? Consider the appointment length required.
- Do you want to see the whole week to get the flow right?
- Or is looking at the whole week too overwhelming?
2. SIZE – do you need to take size into consideration
- Will you be carrying the diary around with you – will A4, day to a page be too heavy to carry with you? A5 or even pocket size my be easier to carry with you.
- Will the diary be sitting on your desk all day and hence size (and weight) is not such a concern?
- Is the look of the planner important to you?
- What colour would you like, what kind of binding? (I have a spiral bound diary as I love to lay my diary flat on the desk)
- Do you like to be creative and colour code appointments or do you like to bullet journal as per the image above?
- Are you just buying for yourself and can lash out a bit and spend a bit more, or
- Are you buying for all the employees in the company and have a budget to consider?
5. OTHER CONTENT
- Do you want to capture Goals & Projects?
- Do you need to keep a track of your to-do lists?
- Do you want to use it as a life planner also?
Considering the 5 tips above will help you choose the right diary for you.
What sort of diary do you use? Perhaps you’re a digital person, or use a combination below – I’d love to hear your thoughts firstname.lastname@example.org
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