Moleskine 2006 Datebook Review


"Many pages precede the datebook pages themselves–an i.d. page ("In case of
loss…"), a title page, a personal data page, calendars for 2006 and 2007 (one
line per day), two pages for travel planning, a map of time zones, and pages
listing international holidays, average temperatures, city-to-city distances,
international calling codes, measures and conversions, and clothing sizes.
Finally, there’s a 5-inch/13-centimeter ruler printed along a page edge. At the
back of the book, a detachable address book tucks into the familiar Moleskine
folder. There’s also the folded page with the Moleskine story. No writing
stickers though.

What makes this datebook useful to me is the switch
Moleskine has made away from thin columns and back to lined pages. Having nine
lines to write on (eight for Wednesday and the weekend) allows for to-do lists
and notes, not simply notations of events. I particularly appreciate the absence
of printed hours, which always make me feel that I’m not using a datebook as I’m
supposed to be using it…"

"Moleskine 2006 Datebook Review"
Michael Leddy
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11 thoughts on “Moleskine 2006 Datebook Review

  1. I so thoroughly disliked the vertical column style from this year, that after using it for a couple of weeks, I went out and tracked down the fat Diary style, just so I could quit using the weekly.

    First good decision I made this year. The vertical style was a terrible design.

    I already have my 06 weekly purchased for next year. I was over the moon when they came in at work.

  2. I bought the fat one because I didn’t like the vertical lay-out, but I replaced it last week with the weekly, since the fat one is just too darned heavy. I hate the format, too, though.
    I’m extremely happy that they’ve returned to the older format I enjoyed through 2003 and 2004. It does show that they listen to M users, at least a little:)

  3. I agree that the vertical format was kind of ridiculous in the small size. But I went for the vertical in the large size in 2005 and liked it very much. Glad to see that they’ve retained that format for 2006, while reverting to the more sensible horizontal option for the small diaries.

    The next step for the vertical format would be to assign one line per hour (instead of two) and leave the remaining lines blank for lists/daily notes). Also, whose life stops at 8:00 pm? I’d like to see the hours go from 0800 to 2200.

  4. PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE can someone make a few moleskin weekly pocket diaries in vertical format for 2006 and beyond?? That version was the ONLY one I have ever seen that fit all my needs.


    i’m begging.


  5. Hi Edith,
    Like you I loved the book but hated the format. I hacked the vertical column into a horizontal for 2005, with a pencil.
    Perhaps you can just hack a 2006 into vertical?
    Or, like I’m going to do, buy a lined pocket notebook, and mark it up as I want. I like lots of clean pages for notes, so I’m going to do it like this:
    My preference is for something a bit like those Italian ones – for one week down the left hand side (verso) for where-when-why stuff, and plain on the right hand side (recto) for notes – usually relating to the week opposite. This leaves me about 90 plain pages for My Stuff. In the back pocket I put carved-up & folded A4 anyway, for chuck-away stuff (see
    I have never used the extra pages in a diary for “planner” or “clothing sizes” or “international calling codes” or “city-to-city distances” etc. Use these useless pages for the ideas & notes you need (about 90 pages of them in my hack…), and have one book for everything… (Oh, and a cellphone of course…)

    Stephen in Australia

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