I’m curious to know how many people use planner features like the phases of the moon and the day count, shown in the photo below.
I personally enjoy knowing the current moon phase, but I don’t use the numbers that count how many days have passed in the year and how many there are to go.
These features in planners are reminiscent of the days before planners, when almanacs were widely used. Below is an almanac for this year.
The almanac has pages for each month detailing moon phases and zodiac details.
In her book The Accidental Diarist: A History of the Daily Planner in America, Molly McCarthy discusses how people used almanacs extensively. They allowed people to keep time before clocks and watches were very accurate, and before planners became popular time management products. They helped farmers know when to plant and harvest. Often users had pages interleaved so they could use the almanac as a rudimentary diary.
It’s interesting to me that features which were part of a previous time-keeping method are still retained in modern planners. I think they are still useful and interesting.
What do you think? Do you look at the moon phases and day counts in your planner?