Have a history of not sticking to your New Year’s resolutions? Break the pattern this year with a stylishly sleek new calendar.
Being more organised and making time for family and friends is one of the most common promises made at the start of the year. To get you started on the right note, we’ve selected our favourite diaries and planners to help keep you on track.
Our bestselling planner is also a star gift for yourself or a friend. Kick off the New Year with the Hobonichi Techo Planner 2018 (£40.00), formulated to support demanding lifestyles in its compact A6 size. Each spread is laid out as a week to two pages, accompanied by useful blank pages for jotting down notes and calendars dividing the months. Excerpts from Japanese history and folk tales are further included. To keep you motivated (and on track to stick to that New Year’s resolution!) you’ll also find a weekly inspirational quote.
Available in a classic weathered black, and featuring gold debossed Japanese characters for Techo (planner) and the ARTS&SCIENCE logo, this planner is perfect for those both looking for a cult planner and interested in Japanese culture.
Busy people need accommodating planners, and the CIAK Large 2018 Daily Diary (£19.95) is no exception. Ideal for use as a work-based organiser, this A5 diary is small enough fit in your handbag or briefcase, while still containing enough pages for a day-to-day format. Handmade in Italy from acid-free recycled ivory paper, this is a durable diary that retains its soft and flexible outer shell.
The CIAK range includes a bold variety of colours, ranging from elegants reds to vibrant blues. Pages are lined to encourage time management, for an exceptionally clear layout. Our favourite feature is the horizontal elastic band, a CIAK staple, working to secure the planner and act as a pen loop for optimum organisation.
Notebooks come and go, but this one is meant to last a little longer. Ideal for bullet journalers and those who prefer to design their own planner pages, the Traveler’s Notebook (£45.00) offers great freedom to be creative. This notebook is comprised of one or more refills housed inside a leather cover, allowing you to keep multiple diaries in the same space. Made from vegetable-tanned leather, this handmade notebook looks and feels comfortably well-travelled.
The incredible planner is available in multiple soft and versatile colours, including black, brown and camel. For a unique look, catch one of our last notebooks in 2017’s beautiful limited edition olive tones.
Structured without stifling your organisational creativity, the Midori MD Notebook Diary (£10.00) comes in elegant creams and whites to encourage you to make this planner your own. Made from high-quality paper, and available in a pocket-sized A6, this monthly diary is ideal for off-desk use. At 175 pages, it’s just the right weight, and the plain memo pages are perfect for scribbled notes and the occasional doodle.
This 2018 diary’s other features include the annual calendar (for long-term planning), monthly schedule (with wide margins for improvisation) and weekly ruled double spreads (divided into eight spaces that can be used as days). Midori is famous for the way their planners lie perfectly flat, so you can rest this diary on your lap for on the go planning.
If recording every day of the year in detail is unnecessary, CIAK are still the brand to go for if you’d like a portable planner that has an excellent, if unconventional, firm yet flexible cover. Durable, water resistant and crushproof, the CIAK Medium 2018 Weekly Diary (£11.95) will keep your plans safe and secure.
In its medium size, this CIAK diary sports a week-to-view format for seven days of organisation and a small section for notes. Handmade in Italy from acid-free recycled paper, and featuring a horizontal band that also acts as a pen loop or holds loose sheets, the weekly diary comes in CIAK’s eye-catching range of bold colours.
Ideal for scheduling on the go, this cream-coloured and soft-covered diary is available in perfect pocket size. The Cartesio Pocket 2018 Daily Diary (£15.00) doesn’t let its small stature hold it back, as all plans are welcome through its day per page format. A pleasure to use, this diary is made in Italy from exemplary recycled cream stock to contrast with the vibrant selection of outer cover colours.
Featuring a distinctive ‘embossed’ pattern, the Cartesio planner is also notable for its innovative rear pocket, which acts as both protective pouch and fold-out page marker. Crafted with high-quality simplicity, this little diary is one of our bestsellers.
In a specially-crafted A5 size, this is Hobonichi’s most spacious diary. The Hobonichi Techo Cousin Planner 2018 (£60.00) comprises lighter backgrounds, made from printed graph paper with suggested layouts that can be observed or totally ignored. The perfect desk item, this Hobonichi diary features 180-degree flat binding, allowing it to lay open on your workspace as you go about your day.
A true cult stationery item, the planner is made from high-quality tomoe river paper, smooth and resistant to bleeding for a luxury writing surface. Available only in Japanese, evident its daily quotes, this planner is ideal for those wishing to integrate a little Japanese culture into their day.
The epitome of functional retro chic, the Hightide Papillon Diary 2018 (£14.00) is an excellent monthly planner. In a clear and simple design, this diary is made from the finest materials, including the unusual cotton cover. The protective plastic jacket will also ensure that your notes stay dry even in the inclement New Year weather.
At just under A5 but bigger than A6, adopting a slim fit, the Hightide diary is very travel friendly. With annual and monthly pages, the compact planner is large enough for all your scheduling needs. Manufactured in Japan, this is an excellent companion to organising your next year.
An unconventional notebook designed for creative types, the Iconic Essay Book Notebook v.6 (£12.50) has been laid out in such a way that it also makes an excellent diary. Filled with square, lined, blank and grid pages interspersed throughout, the self-proclaimed Essay Book gives you the freedom to plan differently - ideal for journalers who like to meld scheduling with original designs or innovative scrapbooking.
The perfect compact size, and featuring a durable hardcover, this is an ideal journal for slipping into your bag for on-the-go inspiration. Available in six classic colours, this is a wonderfully nostalgic way to keep track of your week.
Known as the pocket-sized diary with its own pocket, this 18 month planner features a convenient insert on the front cover. Whether you keep functional items like pens and sticky notes with you at all times, or go for creative extras like clips or washi tape, the Hightide Iris Diary 2018 (£24.00) is undoubtedly useful. With monthly and weekly spreads, you’ll have plenty of room to organise your day.
The Hightide planner also includes pages for personal data and notes, as well as lots of potential for customisation. Available in six chic colours, this makes a fantastic luxury treat or would put a smile on the face of any stationery fan.
The New Year is the perfect time to get organised. Start afresh with a new diary or planner to kick 2018 off in style.
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