The Week-on-Four-Pages Diary Format
I like to scribble notes on the diary pages of my planner, intermingled between appointments, or in the margins. I tend to record the little things that happen during the day—important thoughts or conversation, who has to stay at home with what sickened child, or how far I ran. Together, these notes form a low-preassure variant of a journal, marking important points in my evolving life and providing a scaffold for my failing human memory.
I’ve long been a fan of the week-on-two-pages style of diary layouts. While they give you a fair amount of space to write in, they still make it easy to see the full week at a glance. Lately, I’ve found this layout a bit too constricted. As usual, I considered going back to an A5 planner, but I’m not sure the bulk is possible for me to muster in my day-to-day life. Instead, I’ve been playing with a week-on-four-pages format, primarily for Personal paper.
One problem with this kind of layout is the loss of overview. It is no longer possible to get a quick glance of a weeks’ worth of appointments, without flipping through pages. I’ve tried to ameliorate this problem by adding a "progress meter" at the bottom of each page, providing more of a a weekly context. If anyone has a better idea for solving this, I’d love to hear it.