Today I unwrapped my new diary for next year. It's the same as last year's, but royal blue instead of cornflower blue.
The specs: A5, a week to a page on the left hand side, a page for notes and lists on the right hand side, ribbon to mark the page, loads of blank paper at the back, hard cover, pocket in the back, elastic doo-dad to hold it all together.
It does away with the need for a second book for lists, which had previously done away with a thousand pieces of paper on the kitchen bench, in the bag, on the floor, on the bedside table...
Not cheap. You could get multiple Collins diaries from the newsagent for the price of this one. But it is worth every cent.
A page to a week is perfect for me. I need to be able to see the whole week ahead - it helps me to plan for seven sensible and manageable days at a time. There is enough room to record an event for the morning, one for the afternoon before school finishes, one for the afternoon after school finishes and one for the evening - four events per day if so needed. And if I need more room than this for planning out my days I figure I need to reassess my life, not my diary format.