|Quo vadis ABP 2 diary|
Today's review is of the Quo Vadis ABP 2 daily diary for 2016. I bought this to use as a better quality version of the reporter's notebook that I've been using as my day-planner! In the reporter's notebook, I've drawn a line down the middle of the page, added times to the LHS and then used the LHS to time-box activities and the RHS for to do lists, notes and so on. This has been working brilliantly (except on weeks when family crises occur and throw all my planning out the window...), but I thought I would try a 'proper' daily diary with a similar layout for next year.
Enter the Quo Vadis ABP 2.
I ordered mine from Bureau Direct (no affiliation, just a long-term, happy customer) and asked for the black cover. It arrived (as ever from Bureau Direct) well packed and very promptly. Click on any picture to enlarge.
1. It comes with a vinyl cover in a 'pebbled leather' effect. That's hideous and I'm going to be removing it. I may put the diary in another slip cover, but I may just leave it coverless. It isn't a diary that will be going out and about with me, it will just sit on my desk. If I feel really inspired, I will re-cover it.
|Pretty hideous cover|
|With vinyl cover removed|
2. It probably won't lie flat without some brutal treatment. Which is fine as I have been known to be brutal with things to make them lie flat! It's disappointing in many ways though as I think it might annoy me. The alternative (if it really won't lie flat) will be dismember it and put it in a ring-binder.
3. The line spacing is tiny! We're talking 3.5mm line spacing!
|Seriously narrow line spacing!|
4. Apart from the line-spacing, the layout is great! It has timed slots down the LHS which I can use for time-boxing and space on the RHS for notes, to-do lists etc. There is also space at the bottom for other jottings (and sadly, one of those daft little calendars that are neither use nor ornament, but hey ho).
5. There are tear-off corners so you can flip to the right day without needing a bookmark.
6. There is a plethora of languages on each page which makes it a bit busy
7. There are maps and other information pages. I will probably use the address pages as space to write my monthly goals (or ignore them altogether...). The maps I might colour in if I'm bored. I never really need most of the extra pages in a diary to be honest! I know others love them though.
|Holiday dates (to fill in)|
|What a double spread looks like|
(Saturday and Sunday get a page each)
First of several maps
|List of Public Holidays for 2016|
(plus signs of my brutality, making it open flat!)
I haven't done any pen tests on it yet - I'll post again when I have.
Does anyone else use this format? How have you found it?