I've always favoured an academic diary, after studying for so many years and now working in a university it just makes sense for me, so around this time of year I always pick my new planner system. I must confess that I have changed diary styles and not stuck to the same system in the last few years, I think I'm still trying to figure out what works best.
Above is my 14/15 old diary in neon orange, this was from WH Smith, and my new super cute animal planner from Paperchase. It is just a little smaller than A5, I guess it is probably somewhere between A5 and A6.
these ones from Erin Condron or this one from A Beautiful Mess, with fun pages to fill in and space for everything, but they are just too bulky for me. I need something that is going to fit into my bag to take to work, small and compact.
No planner seems to be perfect or fit the bill exactly. What I would love would be a month to view page, then a load of blank pages at the start of the month, for lists such as financial plan for the month, blog post plan for the month and pages for a gratitude or happy list for the month. Then a weekly view page to put all my appointments in and blank pages in the week also for things like meal plans and to-do lists. But no planner I have seen fits my requirements exactly, so you have to make do.
My diary is simply a week per view format, the week has a little space for notes, so I can put my to-do list here and it has plenty of note paper at the back, so I can make my financial plans here.
The Idea Owl selling all sorts of super cute stickers, washi tapes etc. Just look at these little sticky notes! I could not decide between the pigs, cats, lamas and lions so had to get them all, but they were super cheap at around £1.50 for a pack, so why not!