So much choice, so little time...
A new year comes around all to quickly and it's important to have the right diary or organiser by your side to help you manage your precious time effectively. With the overarching influence of technology in our lives, it's easy to think that traditional diaries are a dying breed...but think again! This guide aims to provide all the information you need for choosing your perfect year-long companion.
Academic diaries follow the academic year. Therefore they usually begin in September and end in August. Perfect for students and teachers as you don't have to buy a new diary mid-year! Academic diaries are available in all the standard layouts of a traditional year diary, so if this is the diary you need, keep reading to find the layout you require.
Week To View
A week to view diary usually shows a whole week over 2 pages, beginning with Monday and ending on Sunday. The amount of writing space on each day depends on the size of the diary you purchase - with pocket size giving you the least amount of writing space, and A4 giving you the most. Often Saturday and Sunday have a smaller writing space than the weekdays, so if you work weekends or have a busy weekend social life, this layout may not be right for you. A week to view diary is slim, so is very easy to carry around, even in A4 size. Pocket and A5 size week to view diaries easily fit into handbags and briefcases.
Day per Page
A day per page diary usually has just that, 1 whole page for each day. Some day per page diaries do combine Saturday and Sunday onto a single page though, so if you need as much space for appointments at weekends as during the week, make sure the diary states it has separate pages for Saturday and Sunday. Much bulkier than the week to view layout, day per page diaries are not as comfortable to carry around.
2 Pages Per Day
Usually reserved for hotels, restaurants and such like, these big diaries have 2 whole pages for each day, including Saturdays and Sundays. Popular in the catering and leisure industries as the two pages could be split to AM/PM, and some more specific diaries come with this already in place, with appointment or booking time slots along the side. Other, less specific versions of this layout have 2 blank pages for each day for the business to use as suits them best. This layout of diary is usually only available in A4 size and is much too big to practically carry around.
2 Days Per Page
Mid-way between the week to view and the day per page, a 2 days per page diary gives you that little bit more space to write all your important appointments and soirées, and is still slim enough to carry around daily. Weekdays have half a page to each, although Saturday and Sunday are usually constrained to half a page for the both.
A quarto size diary is slightly shorter than A4, and is typically aimed at business people and those who have a lot of meetings or appointments to attend. The standard quarto diary comes in a week to view format but the days of the week are along the top of the page, with hourly appointment slots from 8am-8pm underneath, and a space for notes at the bottom. Saturday and Sunday are very small sections, usually with no appointment times. Slim enough to carry in a bag or briefcase and a lovely layout for quickly seeing available time slots.
The smallest of the diaries, the pocket diary is exactly that; pocket sized. Usually comes in a week to view format, but also available in 2 weeks to view. Given the small size of the diary there is not room to write essays on each day, but for jotting down notes or the odd date or appointment, a pocket diary is perfect. Small and slim it is easily carried around so it can be with you wherever you go. These diaries can be in either landscape or portrait view