As you all know I am a massive fan of planners and diaries and I think I’ve finally found my Holy Grail school planner – The 2016/2017 Moleskine 18 Month Diary.
I’ve dipped my toes into the Bullet Journal pond, in which I actually used, and loved, a black Moleskine Notebook. But that all went downhill fast and my bullet journalling dreams were dashed by my inability to plan ahead. Luckily for me, Moleskine have the perfect hybrid between planner and notebook which allow me to have the best of both worlds.
Before I get into details, I want to mention that notemaker.com.au kindly sent me the Violet Grape Moleskine Diary in Large, which has the weekly notebook layout, for the purpose of this review. You can find all the other colours here and read the review of the diary on their blog here.
The 2017 Moleskine 18 Month Diary (with the weekly notebook layout, there’s also a layout that has the week spread on two pages) has your week spread out on the left and an empty notebook page on the right – perfect for list making, journalling or just making notes. I personally use this diary for all my school needs as it’s the perfect size to throw in my bag and being a Moleskine, I know it’s a quality diary and will last me the entire school year.
I love this design of having both diary and notebook paper because it’s basically a hybrid of two systems I love – traditional diary/planner and Bullet Journal. I’m able to write in my schedule for the week and add in important due dates on the left, and write out everything I need to do for the upcoming week on the notebook page on the right. Best of all, I’m able to plan ahead without worrying about running out of pages, leaving too many pages or even screwing things up! As you can see in the picture below, I even decorate my diary like I would a bullet journal because I think that adds to the fun of using it!
The monthly view is also great, albeit a bit small. I love monthly views because they give me a quick and easy overview of what I have coming up. I use highlighters to help with colour coding, mostly because I feel like it makes things easier for me but also because writing space is a tad limited but the Moleskine also comes with some super handy stickers that fit perfectly in the monthly calendar, as you can see on the bottom left of the picture below.
The Moleskine 18 Month Diary also comes with a handy pocket at the back of the planner, page marker (lifesaver when you’re using an 18 month diary!) and my favourite, the elastic closure, which means no matter how often I throw it into my school bag, everything stays safe and secure.
There is one thing that I don’t love about the Moleskine diary and that’s how thin the paper is. Seriously, even using pencil leads to ghosting on the other side and while that’s not enough of a negative to stop me from using it, it does annoy me a little.
Overall, I think this is the perfect hybrid between planner/diary and Bullet Journal and would be perfect for bloggers, students or anyone who has attempted to use a bullet journal but had their efforts thwarted by their love of pre-planning.
What do you all think of the Moleskine 18 Month Diary? Would you use one? Let me know in the comments below!