Spotlight on the Principal Weekly Planner

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The Principal is a unique Quo Vadis format.  It was developed by a French teacher around 20 years ago.  It was created as a planning diary for teachers by a teacher.

Format & Paper

The book opens to a weekly view, Monday-Sunday – European style.  Monday-Wednesday are on the left; and Thursday-Sunday on the right page. Three calendars–month past, current month with highlighted week, and upcoming month are also on the left page.

Each day features three sections for notes: a prominent memo section with 8 lines; a 8 AM to 9 PM schedule with a line per hour; a box to indicate the day’s priority or deadline; and an activity dashboard for calls, emails and action items. Days past/Days to go is noted for each day. The number of the week and month is also prominent.  This is a format with many helpful features for planning, scheduling and recording.

The Principal is 7 x 9 3/8″ or 18 x 24 cm. It lays flat when open, making it very easy to write.

It is made with 90g PEFC Clairefontaine paper.  PEFC is an independent certification that the paper is made from pulp and wood by-products from sustainably managed forests and controlled sources.

Time & Planning Features

In the front of the book is a two-page “Time Schedule” that runs Monday-Saturday, 8 AM – 9 PM. Hours are indicated in military time in addition to regular hours.

A tear-off corner opens to the week in progress.

There are two Anno-Planning layouts: 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. They include the major religious and U.S., Canadian, UK and Australian holidays; phases of the moon; a monthly priority; and the number of the week and month.

Three-year calendars – 2014, 2015 and 2016.


World maps, international holidays and extra notes

29 page “Favorites/Notes” insert.  It features lined, blank and dot grid notes pages; special dates notations, address and password pages. Each page is micro perforated for easy removal.


The Principal is available in Texas, a smooth suede-like vinyl; grained (Club) and smooth (Soho) leatherette, and Chelsea leather.

The Principal covers are refillable, and can be used with Trinote and Septanote, which are the same size.

Test Drive a Principal

I will be giving away four Principal with black Texas covers.  If you would like to “test drive” a 2014-2015 Principal, please click here to sign up on this Google spread sheet.  All information is private, and we will keep it only until four winners are randomly picked.  If you would prefer, you can enter by writing to me at, and putting “Principal Test Drive” in the subject line.  The raffle is open until Friday, May 16th. Good luck!

I welcome comments and feedback by current Principal users.  Please comment on this post, or send me a link from a review. Thank you!





4 thoughts on “Spotlight on the Principal Weekly Planner

  1. Wow. Just wow. I won one of these planners. It arrived today at school and everyone in the office oohed and aahed over it.

    The aesthetics are gorgeous. It is a dream to hold. The layout is flexible and quite useful plus it has lots of bonus goodies. Having the maps in back was a nostalgic throw back for me and totally hit my pleasure spot. The paper is stunning.

    This is going to be a terrific planner for me. I often work past 9p when the scheduling hours stop, but that’s not a show stopper for me. I am usually already in my event by 8p anyway.

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