The Balabusta’s Daily Organizer Review #2: The Pocket Edition

I’m always on the lookout for a great planner. Right now, I’m using a combination of electronic and paper, but at my heart, I really am a paper girl. I like to see it all clearly laid out!

I reviewed the the Balabusta’s Daily Organizer desk edition previously, and one of my problems with it was its size – at 7″ by 8.5″, it was too big to easily carry around with me.

So yesterday, I picked up the pocket edition (5″ by 7″).

The things I liked about it from before are the same:

-Sept 2016-Dec 2017 covered in full
-separate weekly and monthly pages. (Many calendars do one or the other, but I like having both.)
-weekly to-do list side-by-side with the weekly calendar
-shopping list and menu plan next to the weekly calendar (see photos)
-Jewish holidays already put in, and Jewish dates already marked
-Jewish quotes throughout
-Spiral binding so a pen can stay with it
-planning pages in the back: menu, routine, birthdays, etc.

The cons are similar, with the major exception of size. This one fits in my purse!
-monthly pages are interspersed with the weekly pages, so it doesn’t flow as well as it could.
-no way to mark place included

The first is simply my own preference, and not a big deal to work around, and the second has a bunch of possible fixes, too. From the comments section of the original review, I learned that some people use a paper clip to clip together the week and month for easy review. Others use the post-it type tabs (like this kind) to mark relevant pages. I have tried both, and am still figuring out what will work.

But this smaller size is much more portable, and I like it a lot!

You can see their photos here and order directly from the website: or from Amazon here.

About Amital

A die-hard listmaker and observant Jewish mommy of 5, managing the challenges of life bit by bit with the help of a Shalom Bayit book and lists. And chocolate, of course. Lots of chocolate.

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