Welcome to Part 3 of my Picking Your Perfect Planner series. In Part 1 I discussed weekly planners and their use, and in Part 2 I focused on day per page planners. Today I’ll tell you about monthly planners.
Monthly planners are different from the monthly wall calendars you keep in your office and/ or kitchen. Monthly planners are in book format and are designed to carry with you.
Quo Vadis has three excellent monthly planners, all of which I have used at various times over the years. Each can be used by itself as your main planner, or in combination with your weekly or daily planner to give the overall big picture.
The largest is the Monthly 4 planner. It is a desk-size monthly planner with list boxes for reminders of tasks, bills, and notes each month. There are also several notes pages, and forward planning.
The Exaplan monthly planner is sized 3 3/8 by 5 7/8 inches so it can slip into your pocket, or into the cover of your planner if you need month reference calendars. The Exaplan has 21 months of planning, from July through to the second March. This planner opens book style, with Saturday and Sunday sharing a space.
The Visoplan monthly planner is also pocket size, measuring 6 5/8 by 3 1/2 inches. It opens vertically (like a book turned on its side) and Saturday and Sunday each have their own column.
Each of these planners has spectacular 90g white, acid free paper and holidays printed on the day spaces.
In my Feature Focus post on monthly grid calendars I discussed ways to use this type of layout. Monthly calendars are great for an overview of upcoming events, deadlines and travel. They can also be used as a quick-reference of past events or to record things like exercise, health and symptoms, nature observations etc.
Now that you’ve seen all three parts of the Picking Your Perfect Planner series, which planner(s) do you think you’ll use in 2015?