• The day of the week is only relevant for year #1, but it's relatively easy to ignore.
  • The month and date, as printed on the original page.
  • A rubber stamp for year #1 (in this case, 2009).
  • A rubber stamp for year #2 (in this case, 2010).
  • A rubber stamp for year #3 (in this case, 2011).
  • A rubber stamp for year #4 (in this case, 2012).
  • A rubber stamp for year #5 (in this case, 2013).
  • I used the Staedtler pigment liner to draw the 4 lines that segments each page into five sections. You can use any pen, but I recommend a permanent ink so it doesn't run.
  • A Sharpie marker would work, but make sure to use their extra-fine point, and make sure you have good ventilation and air circulation. Drawing 4 lines on every page will take a while, and you will want to keep your face close to the pages to make sure the lines are drawn straight and clean.
  • I used a 6-inch metal ruler and only drew lines on one page at a time. You could use a 12-inch ruler across both pages at once, but beware: If the pages are not laid out COMPLETELY flat, your lines will "V"-up between the left and right pages!
  • Next year, I will write a few lines of text here come January 19, 2010.
  • Each year has at least 4 lines to write on. On the top year, I have room above the lines on the open space if I need. I found that 4 lines was short enough that I could get into the habit of jotting down just my major thoughts of the day without putting it off.
  • If you are used to the weekly Moleskine planners, the amount of space available for a day on this diary hack is about the same. It means you can even use this as a 5-year planner!
  • The purpose of a 5-year "vertical" diary like this is so that you can keep a nice historical view of your life. "What was I doing three years ago today?" And for that, the Dairy Moleskine was just begging to be hacked. That said, I would LOVE it if they came out with their own version!
  • I chose the red notebook because most of my other Moleskines are black, and I wanted this one to stand out.
  • What are these little numbers for? :/
    I own one of these but I don't get why the numbers are there. hehe. - ddavtre
  • Time of day, starts at 8 am and goes to 8 pm. - ajkimmins

0. 5-Year Diary Daily Moleskine Hack pages

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Details showing pages from my custom 5-year Moleskine diary, made from a small Daily Moleskine journal.

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  1. *songbird* 75 months ago | reply

    wow, 5 years! make sure you post pics every year :D

  2. wonderer 75 months ago | reply

    Awsome mod. BUT ... I asked myself what would I write in 4 lines each day a year?! If this would be not enough And I realize it on the second half of the second year I wasted the rest of the book ;-)
    Also for GTD stuff it is lets say suboptimal ;-)
    But a great idea to draw lines in a Notebook. Thanks for that.

  3. J Dueck 75 months ago | reply

    wonderer: you could just write what you did, how you're feeling, the weather - just a shorthand version of the day's events - four lines is plenty to jog your memory later on. I keep a "normal" journal, but only write in it on average once or twice a week about the Big things I'm thinking about - this would be a great way to capture day-to-day stuff that slips by. And the four line limit makes it doable so you know it is much more likely to get done :)

  4. t.na 75 months ago | reply

    If 4 lines are not enough for your daily highlights, make it a 3-Year Diary. It's also a great way for those wanting to get into the daily journaling habit. The small pocket size means it's portable / accessible. No more "Oh, gotta remember to write in my daily journal about so-and-so when I get home." I used to be overwhelmed that I may not have something to write every single day. Cured that by starting out with recording that day's temperature & weather to "break the ice."

    Thanks for sharing, Traveliter.

  5. hisako87 74 months ago | reply

    what did you do for the leap year (ie february 29)?

  6. ddavtre 74 months ago | reply

    Nice! I should try this next year.

  7. tudorcitytech 73 months ago | reply

    Excellent idea. but i am just wondeirng about the quality of the moleskine... do you think that the notebook will live through 5 years of use/abuse/opening/etc etc etc..?

    i ask because i dont own a moleskine but after seeing this, i feel like getting one ;-D

  8. tudorcitytech 73 months ago | reply

    this journal is on sale right now if anyone is interested in making their own 5 year journal.


  9. miwa's note 70 months ago | reply

    I made 3 years diary referring to your idea.

    Thank you very much for sharing!

  10. The European 67 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Your Moleskine, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  11. jclements26 66 months ago | reply

    This is a great idea - all of the stamps I'm finding, however, had the day AND year - where can I find one with just the year? Or did you hack the stamp in some way so that the day didn't show?

  12. Leonie Dawson || LeonieDawson.com 66 months ago | reply

    this is SUCH a wonderful idea possum! i heart this!

  13. Noble Nabil 64 months ago | reply

    Hi, this is an awesome idea, can you show us an update of how you have used it in 2010.

  14. Dr Joolz 63 months ago | reply

    Blogged - hope this is OK. Please let me know if not.

  15. leena182 14 months ago | reply

    Thanks for sharing out such a great informative content are extremely fastidious.
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