How to Choose Your Academic Planner

Here we are in the midst of the academic planner shopping season and you haven’t purchased your planner yet? Quo Vadis makes so many different styles of planners you might feel overwhelmed as to just where to start. These planners sell out quite quickly so you can’t wait too long to decide – in fact the remaining supply is very limited. Making a choice is actually not as difficult as you may think.

Whereas Quo Vadis, Exacompta and Rhodia combined offer 22 different page formats for yearly planners, Quo Vadis academic planners come in only 8 different page formats (in the USA anyway). Seven of these are weekly planners: Minister, Septanote, Principal, Scholar, University, Student and Sapa X. Of these, we chose to sell our favorite at Writer’s Bloc: the Academic Minister. The only daily academic planner offered by Quo Vadis is the Textagenda which can be found at Writer’s Bloc as well.

Quo Vadis Academic Minister Weekly Planner

Quo Vadis Textagenda Daily Planner

Once you decide whether you want either a weekly or a daily planner, there are also many cover choices for these planners. If you want a refillable cover, Writer’s Bloc offers both Soho and Club covers which come in a variety of colors, are very durable and can be refilled year after year. The Soho and Club covers are both leather-like, the difference being that the Soya is smooth and the Club has a grained texture. Later, if you decide you want to switch to a yearly planner instead of academic, the yearly Minister fits inside the same cover as the Academic Minister, and the yearly Notor fits inside the same cover as the academic Textagenda.

Quo Vadis Textagenda Planner with smooth black Soho cover

Quo Vadis Textagenda Planner with grained texture black Club cover

If you’re like me and you love to have a different new cover on your planner each year, you may like either the Habana or Robert Le Heros covers. These bound, hard cover planners have a leather-like feel and a matching elastic closure. I love the funky floral covers by the Parisian graphic design agency Robert Le Heros. Textagendas are also available with a Basic hardboard cover made from 100% post consumer recycled paper.

Quo Vadis Academic Minister Planner with anise green Habana cover

Quo Vadis Academic Minister Planners with Robert Le Heros covers

Quo Vadis Textagenda Planner with a red Basic cover

If none of these planners suit your style, there are also undated planners that give you the freedom to start and stop your planning at anytime during the year. My favorites are Alice’s Diary by Art Deco 7321 and Bob’s Your Uncle 8-Days-A-Week Planner Journal.

If your top priority is finding a planner that is very fountain pen friendly, we would have to recommend the Quo Vadis Academic Minister with whatever cover design you choose. The Minister contains 90g white Clairefontaine paper that works great with fountain pens!

Do you use an academic planner? What is your favorite?

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Quo Vadis Habana Collection


The Habana has been a favorite cover style among Quo Vadis enthusiasts for years, and rightly so. The leather-like cover feels smooth and strong, and the sewn binding allows the planner or journal to lay flat without the risk of pages falling out. This year Quo Vadis released this great cover style in two new colors, Anise Green and Raspberry. If you’ve fallen in love with this great cover here is a clear-cut list of all the Quo Vadis products available with the Habana cover:

-The Quo Vadis Habana journals are available in Large and Small sizes and can be filled with blank or lined Clairefontaine paper.

-The Notor #21is a small daily planner so you can prioritize you tasks for each day. For 2011 Quo Vadis has released a limited edition Robert Le Heroscover design in Raspberry.

-The Minister Desk Weekly is a large 2011 planner that has one week on two pages. This planner is perfect for penciling in appointments as each day is broken down into 30 minute increments.

On a similar note the Robert le Heros journals by Quo Vadis features a very similar style to the Hanaba cover. We have a small quantity of this limited collection in large and small-sized lined journals in stock, so get one while you still can!

If you’re already a fan of the Habana collection, please tell us why! Or let us know which products you are excited to try.

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Choosing Your Quo Vadis Planner Based on the Paper

Quo Vadis Planners come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors, and all of them contain high-quality paper with a pleasantly smooth writing surface. If you are particular about your paper, how do you know which one contains just the right paper for you?

If you’re looking for a planner that is as light-weight and compact as possible, easy to carry around and stash discreetly in a purse or pocket, 64g or 55g paper helps to reduce size and weight. One of my favorite small planners is the Exacompta Daily Pocket Diary.

If you are a fountain pen user, Quo Vadis recommends paper that is 85g or higher, although many prefer the 90g paper. As is typical of Quo Vadis planners, there is little to no feathering or bleed-through of fountain pen ink on this paper, and the weight of 85g or higher has the added advantage of preventing most ink see-through.

Although Quo Vadis manufactures all of their paper in an environmentally responsible fashion, if you’re the type that wants to stick to recycled products, then the Quo Vadis Basic or Equology lines of planners are for you. (More Quo Vadis Basic planners are expected to be in our shop soon.)

If you’re picky about paper color, Quo Vadis gives you the choice of extra white, white, ivory and even a pale green color of paper such as found in the super-popular daily planner Journal 21.

If you love graph paper, Rhodia Weekly Planners provide a grid area along with each week’s plans for drawing and taking notes.

Quo Vadis comes to the rescue and provides us with the following informative chart on the types of paper contained in Quo Vadis planners. (We left the Quo Vadis Notebooks on the end of this list for your reference.) Which Quo Vadis Planner is your favorite?

Quo Vadis Paper Chart

Edition Weight Color
Trinote 90g extra white
Minister 90g extra white
Academic Minister 90g extra white
Prenote 90g extra white
President 90g extra white
Principal® 90g extra white
Scholar 90g extra white
Septanote 90g extra white
Note 27 90g ivory
Monthly 4 90g extra white
Quarter 90g extra white
Executive 90g extra white
Visual 90g green tint
Space 24 90g green tint
Rhodia Weekly Notebook 6 x 9 90g extra white
Rhodia Weekly Notebook 6 x 9 Academic 90g extra white
Visoplan 90g extra white
President Equology 89g white
Minister Equology 89g white
Scholar Equology 89g white
Exaplan 85g extra white
Textagenda Equology 74g white
Sapa X Equology 74g white
Journal 21 72g green tint
Business 64g extra white
Sapa X 64g extra white
Sapa X Academic 64g extra white
Notor 64g extra white
Textagenda 64g extra white
IB Traveler 64g extra white
ABP1 64g extra white
Biweek 64g extra white
University 64g extra white
Student 64g extra white
Rhodia Weekly Notebook 4 x 6 64g extra white
Rhodia Weekly Notebook 4 x 6 Academic 64g extra white
Miniweek 55g ivory
Space 17 55g ivory
Daily Pocket 55g ivory
Notebooks
Habana large ruled 90g extra white
Habana large blank 90g extra white
Habana pocket blank 90g extra white
Habana pocket ruled 64g extra white
Robert le heros large ruled 90g extra white
Robert le heros pocket ruled 64g extra white
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Paper PDAs

 

In the era of i-everything, talking maps in every language imaginable, and phones that can practically beam you into space it’s easy for paper and pencil to get lost in the shuffle. Yet, there is nothing quite like being able to write down plans, ideas, and inspirations with your own hand. I have yet to jump on the bandwagon of all-digital organization. I still keep a pint-sized planner namely (the Quo Vadis Business Pocket Weekly Planner) in my purse. My planner does not need to boot up and load before I can write something down, I can take it out and use it at my whimsy without worrying that the batteries will die or that a virus will erase everything off of it. I use my planner everyday to keep track of my work to-do’s, my volunteer hours, and important upcoming events. I’ve used the lined pages in the back to jot own preliminary vacation plans and recipes I’ve come across. Surprisingly, I’ve even found uses for the U.S. and World maps in the back! Of course the entire notebook is littered with doodles, notes, and random math equations.

Here are my picks for other unique pocket paper PDAs (yes, I know that the acronym is technically  incorrect 🙂

I love the cover design of the Orla Kiely Small Bound Notebook and the fact that it is filled with lined, graph and blank paper! Similarly the Atomic Soda Minilabo Pocket Notebook has an adorable cover and the blank pages can be "converted" into lined or graph by using the cardboard underlay template; I also like the elastic band as it provides a little extra protection for the pages against the whirlwind that is my purse. Finally, I really like the Clairefontaine Life Unplugged Basic Staplebound Duo; these sturdy notebooks boast the motto "takes you were no laptop can go."

For those that like the added security of a flap or elastic strap you might like the small Robert Le Heros, Quo Vadis Habana and Clairefontaine Rainforest journals. I know that some people like to make sure they always have a notebook on hand (you never know when inspiration might strike!) so for those of you I would recommend taking a look at the small and pocket sized Clairefontaine notebooks we have in sets of 10.

Don’t count them out because they’re small, endless possibilities await within– no batteries needed. Do you keep a pocket notebook or planner? What do you use it for?

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Use Your Planner to Create More Time

At the end of the day do you ever wonder where the time went and wish you could have more time? Maybe you need to pay more attention to where your time is going. I heard an interesting suggestion that might help. Much as a dieter might have a food journal to keep track of the calories they eat each day, almost anyone could keep a time log for a few weeks to see where their time is going. A planner would be a handy tool to do this with.

Examining your time log may bring to light some areas for improvement. Are nonessential activities such as watching TV and surfing the internet sucking up too much of your time? Perhaps you could reduce or eliminate things that waste your time and focus your energy on things that are more essential.

Do you find that you are being interrupted repeatedly at a certain time of the day or by the same individuals? Perhaps you could schedule time when you avoid taking phone calls, sending texts, receiving and sending email, etc. Even choosing to do some work in a different location during these times when you often get interrupted may help.

Of course we all need a break and have some down time too. Not scheduling more activity than is possible during your day and keeping a time log may help you get the important things out of the way so that you can enjoy your time for rest & relaxation more fully.

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