Time management Monday: Planners for busy people

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Recently a reader contacted me to ask for planner recommendations. She is a very busy person and needs to have a planner with days timed to the hour for her busy schedule. I was happy to give her recommendations, and she chose a planner that will work great for her!

Quo Vadis planners are the first and original weekly planners with time management features built right into the planner. More than 60 years ago, a doctor was fed up with the diaries at the time which were only one day on a page. So he created the first weekly grid planner allowing him to see appointments and tasks across the entire week in one view. Quo Vadis planners were born! And they have been at the forefront of time management ever since.

Quo Vadis planners with timed daily columns have loads of time management features built in to the planner so there’s no setup time, you just open up your planner and start using it!

These planners let you see your schedule for the entire week alongside your tasks for that week, and they help you plan ahead effectively.

If you want to go directly to the planner pages, click on the links:

Pocket size January-December: Business

Pocket size August-July: University

Medium Jan-Dec: Excutive

Large Jan-Dec: Minister

Large Aug-July: Academic Minister

Extra Large Jan-Dec: President

Large Jan-Dec with daily notes: Trinote

Extra large Jan-Dec with daily notes: Prenote


Here are some of the time management features built into these planners:

Daily schedule timed to the half hour so you can see your entire week at once and know at a glance when your time is blocked and when you have open time:

Time Blocking cropped


Weekly lists dashboard to keep your tasks categorized and visible every week:

Seeing your weekly task lists alongside your schedule allows you to see what you need to do and when you’ll have time to do it, so you can fit your week together like a jigsaw puzzle.

Space for daily notes in the Trinote and Prenote:


Daily Priority boxes:


Anno planner so you can see an overview of your entire year:

In this post you can see the size comparison of Minister planner format in sizes pocket, medium, large, and extra large.

Even planners with large pages are slim and portable so you can take your planner with you everywhere in your bag!

In addition to all of these excellent features, these planners have smooth Clairefontaine paper made in France (and the paper in the large and extra large planners has specifically been designed to perform well with fountain pens). The paper is acid-free and archival quality so you can keep your planners as records for years to come. These planners also have sewn bindings that lay open flat, and soft refillable covers.

If you would like any recommendations for a planner or want some planner advice, post a comment here or feel free to email me at Laurie (at) Exaclair (dot) com and I would be happy to help you!

(In case you are curious, she chose the President!)


2 thoughts on “Time management Monday: Planners for busy people

  1. Great post! I am always looking for ways to be more organized and with so many planer options its hard to choose. Do you have any tips on sticking to a planner? I find that I tend to forget to use mine after a period of time.

    • Hi Tori, that’s a great question! The best way is to make checking your planner a habit by tying it into something else. For example, you can go over the current week and next week while you’re having your morning coffee. Ideally you should check your planner several times per day: in the morning before you get started with your day, throughout the day to make sure you are on track, and in the evening to prepare for the following day. It’s also important to keep you planner open throughout the day and within arm’s reach so you can use it. Two planner truths are: A Closed Planner Is A Dead Planner (this wisdom from my sister) and, The More You Use It, The More You Use It!

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