Hmm. I was supposed to be writing letters this morning. But then I got distracted. As you do.
I was looking at my work diary and contemplating what I would use next year. I had five potential options:
- Quo Vadis Timer 21 Planning
- Quo Vadis Timer 21 Prestige
- Mulberry diary
- One of the Philofaxy range
- Make my own
I’m quite fussy about my diary and each of the diary formats had their pros and cons.
Quo Vadis Timer 21 Planning
|(screenshot from Amazon.fr)|
This isn’t bad as a format, though I don’t especially like the task space being designated into calls etc. I also have no major need for Saturday or Sunday to have much space and the big Saturday, small Sunday just annoyed me.
Quo Vadis Timer 21 Prestige
|(screenshot from Amazon.fr)|
I really liked this one, especially for that real estate on the right-hand-side which made it almost into a vertical week plus notes format. However, that made the width of the columns quite narrow and I also didn’t need all that evening space as this was a work diary.
|(screenshot from Mulberry.com)|
Beautiful, simple layout. Very clean and uncluttered. I would quite like a bit more note space however.
One of the Philofaxy range
The vertical week on two pages was one I had been considering and had in fact printed off a few pages, to see what they looked like.
|Already in the work diary - see the extra hole!|
They were okay, but, having had a play with the source files in order to design my diary for next year for the personal filofax, I thought I would have another go, this time for my work diary.
Making my own:
I started with the base files for the Philofaxy vertical WO2P, so I absolutely cannot claim to have done most of the work here – that must go to Steve from Philofaxy and Ray from My Life All in One Place.
I didn’t want all the task list space at the bottom of each day, so I removed those lines, then changed the time slots to make half-hourly intervals. I designated the last part of the column space as ‘evening’ (though very little will go in there as that would be in my personal filofax).
I also had no need for Saturday and Sunday to have so much space, so I moved Sunday into the same column as Saturday and made the time slots hourly.
I then deleted the last column, changed the width of the (now) final column (after the days) and renamed it ‘notes’.
Then, because I wanted something a little softer, I changed all the lines to being dark green, made the font Shaker 2 (thanks again, Gerard!!) and the font colour the same dark green as the lines. Finally, I shaded the column headers in a pale green.
Why green? To match the planner. And because I find it softer than black.
Here is the finished version (click on the picture to enlarge; my camera is not doing justice to the green shading):
- Space for brief notes about the week
- Vertical format - my definite favourite at work
- Half-hour appointment times
- Small evening space (this is a WORK diary after all...)
- Saturday and Sunday share a column (as I don't work at weekends so this will be just to note anything exciting coming up so I can look forward to it!)
- Notes space - for to-do, project notes, whatever...
What do people think?