Everyone starts off the year being organised, right? Not me – I dabbled with making a bullet journal over the Christmas holidays and stopped using it by the 4th of January. Thankfully I hadn’t bought a specific notebook for it but was using a little school-style exercise book. Anyway – I’m generally so bad at keeping on top of diaries that having to create the diary from scratch was just never going to happen! In past years I have also fallen into the trap of buying really elaborate and decorative diaries with pages printed in colour, little charts to tick how I am feeling and motivational quotes – all of which I ignored after the first couple of weeks. What I need is a diary that is set out clearly with no extra gumph on the pages, has a fair amount of space and is wirebound so it will lay flat. Step in Toad Diaries.
I designed the diary online, choosing:
- the size (executive – between a5 and a4)
- the cover design (I chose a navy and gold glittery pattern)
- what was printed on the front
- the specific page layout
- the specific start month
- how many months
I really like that you can choose the start month and how many months you need, super helpful for those of us who do project work for a specific length of time; you could choose a 6 month period and not waste paper (or cost) on a longer length diary.
The different page layout choices available are pretty varied, from standard week/day per page to fitness specific layouts, fiscal options, appointments, academic etc. I chose ‘2 days per page’ which means there is a ‘notes’ section at the end of each 2 page spread – perfect for me.
I have plenty of space to write out everything I need to do, from kids and their school reminders, personal and household things and then work related things too. I definitely wouldn’t be able to keep on top of TWO diaries – home and work so find it easier to just put everything in one place to make a daily ‘to do’ list.
My Toad Diaries planner is wire bound, and has a place-marker ribbon, business card holder at the back, year to view calendars for past/current/future years at the start as well as personal records, contacts and a yearly planner at the start. My only criticism is that the lines to write on for each day are a really faint grey – they could be a little darker.
If you’d like to win a £30 voucher to spend on toad diaries then get entering below! You could either create a diary similar to mine, an organiser with replaceable inserts, or even a set of personalised notebooks with a variety of layouts, including square grids and music paper too.
Ends Sunday 8th March at 11.59pm . UK entrants only. Prize is a digital voucher, which can only be used once and not exchanged for cash.