A Review of the Dodo Acad-Pad

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.

Dodo Acad-Pad

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.

Dodo Acad-Pad

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?

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  1. 16th November 2017 / 2:13 pm

    Thank you for your lovely review – sorry about the illos but that is what makes our diaries different! We do try to leave lots of space for notes and doodles…and we’re relieved you’ll be sticking with us next year too! 😉

    • 17th November 2017 / 9:36 pm

      Thank you for commenting 🙂 I’ve had a lot of fun using my Acad-Pad so far – there really is nothing else quite like it!

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