New Year, new diary!

As the clock strikes midnight it’s out with the old and in with the new. Old might be a calendar, a hard backed diary or journal, a Filofax, or maybe just a scroll on a screen. For years I have carried around a Filofax, a rather lovely gold shiny A5 lifeline in my handbag. My diary, my address book, random notes and scribbles, receipts, letters, appointment cards, business cards and pens all neatly bound stylishly occupying a third of my handbag at any one time. I wouldn’t be without it, but, I do have to admit that I am cheating on my Filofax with my digital diary on my phone too. It does actually feel as if I am having an affair at times. My traditional diary used for long term engagements, annual events and essential memorabilia. Whereas, my digital diary contains those last minute on the go appointments which you agree with a friend or make whilst on the move. Problems arise though when you are caught out. Yes, your traditional diary finds out you have cheated on it. The result usually is a clash of the clans, a missed opportunity or a frenzied reevaluation of one’s week and usually one’s life!

In reality, it’s not that dramatic, but there are occasional conversations in our household surrounding the use of two forms of diary and the pitfalls, but I can’t quite let go of the comfort blanket, not just yet.

So, with this in mind it’s time to ensure I am suitably armed for 2023. I have been seeking out something which will cater for my day-to-day diary needs, carry essential contact information not stored in my phone and as a writer, provide me with an instant scribbler. Here are some of my favourites.

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Filofax produce a range of cases from pocket sized which measure approximately 14 cm x 10 cm to larger A5 models and even larger A4 versions coming in at 32 cm x 26 cm. There are hundreds of cover designs to suit all tastes and pricing starts from about £20. When you first invest in a Filofax Organiser, you get your first year’s diary insert included, but from then on, you purchase an insert annually in addition to optional extras including notes pages, address and telephone contact pages and expense calculators. Diary inserts come in a range of sizes and designs with day-to-view and week-to-view options available.

With durable covers and replaceable inserts, the Filofax range is eco friendly too.

Boxclever Press

Boxclever Press produce personal organisers, student wall planners, desk diaries and journals in fresh coordinated designs which will appeal to all ages. Personal Organisers come in both A5 and A6 sizes. With prices starting at around £8 up to £20, they are an affordable stylish option for your yearly planning needs.


If you are looking for something a little more business like either to carry around in a briefcase and produce at meetings, then you cannot go wrong with a diary or organiser from Collins. The range includes A4 and A5 desk diaries in either day to a page or week-to view layouts. You can also get more compact versions. There are endless design options including leather bound, hard back and ring bound. Prices start at around £4 for a slim pocket sized diary and you could pay up to £40 for a more executive style.

Thanks for taking the time to read thus far. I hope that you start off 2023 with a great plan and a fabulous new organiser! Louise X

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