I’d been looking for a diary that showed the whole month on one page, as my last diary had been like this, and I’d found it enormously helpful to plan things a month at a time. Unable to find something that fit the brief, I opted for a week-to-view planner instead. I may not be in education anymore, but my home and work life still march to the school drum, so the Dodo Acad-Pad seemed like a good fit for me.
The photo shows an example of a typical week page. I found a Morning/Afternoon/Evening layout didn’t suit my needs, so I split mine into Work, Social, Fitness, Blog and Money – the five most important things in my life! Retrospectively, I would have renamed Blog, calling it Creative instead, so that it could include my other creative pursuits outside of blogging.
I know the spirit of the Dodo brand is to heavily decorate the pages of its products, but I would actually have preferred a slightly more clean, simple design for some of the pages – sometimes the illustrations were just more obstructive than funny or novel. I also wish the boxes were just a little bigger too, as my handwriting is quite large, and it was easy to fill a box with just one event or memo. Fortunately each week is displayed as a double-page spread, offering a space for those notes on the opposite page to the grid. This has been useful for writing down reference numbers for orders, or monthly blog stats.
Overall, the Dodo Acad-Pad perfectly fits my needs for this year, and it’s pretty likely that I’ll be buying another one mid-year in 2018.
What diary have you been using this year?