Picking your perfect planner Part 3: Monthly planners

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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.

Monthly 4


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?

3 thoughts on “Picking your perfect planner Part 3: Monthly planners

  1. I am sticking with Quo Vadis for sure! I have a President (my 3rd year in a row) which I will use as my main go-to planning calendar for work. However, I purchased a Journal 21 to try out the daily pages. (Plus I love 21’s monthly calendars.) I modified the 21 and made it into a planner system with a travel journal, storage pockets, pen holder, and tabs. I really like how it turned out. I wonder if anyone would be interested to see pics but don’t know where to post.

  2. I’m definitely going to stick with a weekly format. I might try the Septanote for the next academic year. The Principal is a staple I’ll come back to, though. 🙂

    I just realized that the reason why I was so “meh” about the Principal is because it works so well that it fades into the background. Nothing falls through the cracks. It may not be trendy or the Kickstarter flavor of the day, but it gets the job done.

    Either way, whether Septanote or Principal, I’ll have a planner that gets the job done, fits my minimalist aesthetic, and is such a unique size that it doesn’t look like a huge notebook, or the regular “junior” size that might be too small.

  3. I ended up with the Journal 21. I kept wanting to change the weekly one I had, and I couldn’t figure out why. I plan to launch into indie publishing next year, and it hit me that will be a huge change for me. I’ll need to keep a record for future tax issues. While the weekly one was okay for now, it just didn’t have enough room to do some of the stuff. I liked the Journal 21 because there really was a lot of space, and it had an extended amount of time — most of the other dailies end at like 6:00. I write after 6:00, so I’d be stuck recording where it isn’t. And almost every planner pretends like the weekend isn’t important. There always seems to be a tiny space for Saturday and Sunday, rather than the same space.

    So we’ll see how it goes.

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