The choice of a diary is a very personal matter. You want something that will fit your personality and your style, and that’s something on which you are the ultimate expert. But when you’re faced with the hundreds of diaries available online, or the shelf full of shiny new diaries at the stationer’s, where do you begin? Here are a few ways to narrow down your choices.
The primary consideration when choosing your 2012 diaries is to think about where it is going to be kept. Will it stay on your desk, or will it be in and out of your handbag, briefcase or jacket pocket? How you are going to use your diary will determine the optimum binding; a spiral-bound diary, for example, may not stand up to being stuffed into a bag that’s already full to bursting. If you change locations frequently, it’s worth paying a little more for a loop or stud closure to avoid torn pages. A real leather cover will be worth the extra cost if you are handling your diary constantly and you still want it to look good by November. Choose the best binding that fits your budget, and don’t skimp for the sake of saving a little money.
The next step is to think about how much space you need. If you have more than three appointments on an average weekday, you should think about a page-per-day diary. The sort that has an extra column for lists can be very useful for the busy person. If your life isn’t too hectic, a diary that shows a week over two pages is ideal. If you travel a lot, a diary with a planning section can make your life much easier by helping you spot conflicts.
The amount of space you need and where you will keep your diary will help you decide how big it should be. Desk diaries are usually large, while a pocket diary is great if that’s where you’re going to keep it–in your pocket! If you have room in your handbag or briefcase, though, a larger diary is better.