September always feels like a fresh start. I’m not sure if it’s from years of school and college or if it’s simply because we’re nearing the start of a new season. Whatever the reason, it’s always a nice time to re-evaluate your goals from the start of the year, declutter your home and treat yourself to some new stationery.
Although many people have switched to digital calendars, there are still lots of us who like to have a diary or journal to hand. I personally find that anything I write out by hand I’m more likely to remember.
I’ve picked out 7 academic diaries to share in this post. There’s a mix of styles, layouts and price points. If you know someone who is about to start college or university then this post might be useful for them.
This fruity little number is from WHSmith and has one week across two pages. It’s A5 with a wire binding and a removable page marker. I think a page marker is so handy, especially when you need to make a quick note. This one is perfect for students because it has space for deadlines, timetables and exam notes.
I really like the look of this diary. The brand is new to me but seems to be very popular. You can see your full week across 2 pages with lots of room to write. There’s also a ‘shopping list‘ section with a perforated edge. This would also be useful for your weekly to do lists too.
The Boxclever diary comes with 288 stickers to highlight important events. Who doesn’t love a diary that comes with stickers? There’s also room for budget planning and holiday organisation.
The Blox is another week to view diary. It’s slightly different to others I’ve seen with each day of the week starting on the lefthand side and moving across the double page. It’s a mix of traditional diary format and grid formatting. The 3 columns on the opposite page look very useful for to do lists, activities and projects.
I’m a long-term fan of Dodo Pads. My grandma got me my first one when I went to college 15 years ago! I continued to use them through my university years and I’ve also got some of their travel journals.
This diary comes with a week on one page in a grid format. The other page is left blank, with a couple of small illustrations so you can make notes and doodle. This style of diary is particularly handy for students or anyone who likes to time block their day and tasks.
This is such a pretty diary with soft gold detailing and a secure elastic closure. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Kikki.K.
The diary has one week across 2 pages. It’s sectioned into large grids and splits the day into AM, PM and a space for birthdays. I think this would be perfect for working life over college but you could make it work for either.
A pretty diary from Busy B with a day to a page and an elastic closure.
This diary is for those of you who need lots of space to write. There’s also space to add in your timetable, notes and birthdays.
Moleskine is another brand I love. I like the quality of the paper and the colour selection. I’ve used these several times over the years along with their notebooks.
This one has a week on one page and then a page of notes next to the week. This is useful if you want to make lots of notes or brainstorm ideas.
Will you be using an academic diary this year?