What paper weekly planner meets my qualifications?
October 8, 2017 1:08 PM   Subscribe

Recommend to me a weekly, A5, vertical, planner with hours marked out. Plus everything else I list inside.

I think I'm searching for a unicorn, but in case someone here knows of something, I'm asking here.

I am looking for a paper planner that meets some really specific criteria.

I've been using the Passion Planner the past couple years, but it's a little too big/heavy for me, chiefly because of the extra notetaking pages in the back. (I mean, it's not big or heavy, but I carry around a lot of stuff.) I also carry around a Leuchtturm A5 notebook as a Bullet Journal, so I have plenty of pages on hand.

Here's what I'm looking for:

  • Weekly layout, with days in columns across a two page spread
  • Week starts on Monday, not Sunday
  • Hourly markings
  • A5 paper size
  • relatively decent paper
  • Minimal pages beyond the weekly pages.
  • Weekend days each get a full column/span of time, not crammed together in one column
  • Hours start at least 7 am and go through 10pm (or later). I'll deal if it stops at the workday, but I really do need evening times.
  • Bound or stapled, not disc, spiral, 3 ring binder.
  • Available in 18 month and academic year as well as calendar year.
  • No twee, "inspirational" covers. (But if I can easily cover it, maybe I can deal?)
Will consider:
  • Undated options, if they meet everything else
  • Custom printing options if anyone knows of one that is easy with decent paper.
  • 8.5x5.75 rather than A5 *IF* it meets everything else.
Ultimately, I don't need any kind of "system". Just weekly pages with hours marked out.

Things that are almost but not quite:
Passion planner has worked because I like the layout of the weekly pages, but I don't really use the extra stuff on the bottom of the pages, or the extra pages, so I'd rather have more hours in a day than all that dead space.

Moleskine's weekly vertical is really close, but it's a US size rather than A5, and it crams the weekend into one column.

Panda Planner: Sunday start to the week is a no-go.

Leuchtturm's weekly planner comes soooo close. but it crams the weekend into one column.

posted by pixiecrinkle to Shopping (8 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a big fan of the At-A-Glance basic planner. I think it comes close; Sundays are smooshed, though.
posted by sevensnowflakes at 3:48 PM on October 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

Crud, wait. That's not A5. (I've apparently just learned what A5 actually means.) Sorry!
posted by sevensnowflakes at 3:50 PM on October 8, 2017

Look into a Planner Pad. The 8.5" x 6.75" (this link goes to a page spread screenshot) starts at 7 a.m. and goes up to 8 p.m. Weekends are a full column, and the week starts with Monday.

The start dates are only available in January, April, July, or October, so that won't suit. But there are undated options.

I just got my fifth one.

Otherwise, could someone on Etsy do one for you?
posted by jgirl at 5:03 PM on October 8, 2017

Best answer: Agendio looks like they can check nearly all of your boxes. I've been eyeing them, but haven't yet pulled the trigger so I can't fully recommend but I've heard great things. The journal size is 5.5 x 8, but you have tons of options for customizing the pages including:
Starting your planner on a particular month,
Choosing your preferred start day for the week
Hourly schedules options include 12, 18 or 24 hours.

The paper weight is 28 lb so it's it's a little heavier than standard stationery weight and the covers are solid colors. Could work!
posted by thatquietgirl at 7:13 PM on October 8, 2017 [2 favorites]

You don't want dead space but you but you do want 7 columns? That means your Thursday gets spread across the two pages and ends up in the gutter. It's not a big deal if your book lies flat when opened, but that is hard to do with sewn or stapled binding, especially near the front and back. This is why you are finding everything with a smushed weekend.
posted by soelo at 8:23 AM on October 9, 2017

You want an Agendio. I've been using them a few years and I love my planners - I also use A5 and week start on Monday, along with a bunch of idiosyncratic templates - you can do almost anything. The paper weight is decent, I use gel pens on it but I might not try a fountain pen. Anyways, Agendio.
posted by epanalepsis at 8:25 AM on October 9, 2017

You can download passion planner PDFs by signing up for the newsletter. If you like it except for the extra pages, you could get it printed on decent paper and bound by a print shop? May have to dink around with margins a bit to avoid dead space.
posted by momus_window at 9:20 AM on October 9, 2017

Response by poster: Agendio is a good recommendation so far. I'm just with you could remove entire pagelets, so as not to have that bottom section on a weekly page. I'll keep playing with it.

@soelo, I am fine with 8 columns. It's the dead space at the bottom that is killing me.

Keep the recommendations coming -- but I may just start designing one myself. :)
posted by pixiecrinkle at 10:01 AM on October 9, 2017

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