• A completed event/task
  • Call was made but left a message. A downward arrow indicates I need to follow up the next day.
  • Deferred item.
  • An open task or event.
  • An event requiring no action.
  • Month

    I drew out 6 months (roughly) to get me to December 31, 2006.
  • Week number.
  • Uniball Signo RT Gel 0.38mm pen. This works well with thin Moleskine paper as it doesn't bleed through like a G2, and the thin 0.38mm line dries very quickly.
  • iPod nano for contacts, alarms, and reading info synced by the nice shareware app Pod2Go. Also useful for music and podcasts. :-)
  • Standard Moleskine bookmark is handy for marking the current week.
  • 5 3M sturdy Re-stickable Tabs (686-RYB) mark my tasklists in the back of the Moleskine Planner.
  • Arrow and line across multiple days indicates a multi-day event.
  • This section to the right of each day reserved for regular or recurring events I want to see right away.
  • Standard Moleskine Ruled Pocket notebook, with hand-drawn weeks through the end of 2006. I like the lined best (vs. plain or squared), because it offered lines which helped me draw out 31 weeks, yet is open and clear enough for easy viewing and writing.
  • Elastic strap on the Moleskine keeps loose items snug and safe inside. If I'm really worried about securing an item, I put it in the pocket on the Moleskine's inside back cover.
  • Day of the week with date, inside of a box. Later in the book I've omitted the boxes, but may yet add them... we'll see.
  • Each day gets 7 lines in this format (Sat/Sun spit one section). I really like having a full week at a glance.

    I tried the 1 week per page concept on another Moleskine, but found 1 page too cramped for my needs.
  • Saturdays and Sundays split one day section on the bottom right page (since less is going on those days).
  • Did you create the whole year? Or you are drawing while using it? - vlad.campos
  • Haha! This is my birthday! - umdevincastro

Mike Rohde's Custom Moleskine Planner

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This is my customized Moleskine planner, made from a standard pocket Moleskine (ruled) to resemble the format of a Moleskine Weekly Planner.

I created this planner, because Moleskine 2006 Weekly Planners are hard to find and expensive. But beyond cost or scarcity, I thought it would be interesting to create my own planner from scratch, based on some great ideas gleaned from Bill Westerman's Miquelrius notebook:


So far, I'm very pleased with how this little book is working for my personal agenda.

For a detailed article on the system, check out PlannerHack.com:


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  1. RichLegg 63 months ago | reply

    This photo is being used (most likely without your permission) on this website:


    When the site used my photo and I asked them to remove it, they said that they had the right use it for free. Feel free to contact the person from the offending site who told me that they have the right to freely use "All Rights Reserved" images from Flickr. Here is his contact info:

    Slavik Kaushan - vkaushan@gmail.com

  2. Mike Rohde 63 months ago | reply

    @LeggNet Thanks for the heads up on this.

    I'd actually thought the image was marked Creative Commons so I've modified that now. I'm happy to see the image used so long as credit and a link is given, which is the case on this article.

  3. bauchicago 62 months ago | reply

    I'm sorry, but this thread is really hilarious!! I can't really talk because I have been Google happy for the past 3 hours, in search of the perfect journal/agenda....but I am laughing as I read this because I no longer feel like such a dork :). There are crazier people out there! Love your ideas and I'm going to go the Moleskin way and not Hermes. Too expensive.


  4. Mike Rohde 62 months ago | reply

    Welcome to the crazy Moleskine-lover's club! :-)

  5. alex_buzatu 58 months ago | reply

    Great photo, Mike. Can I use it in my event planner website?

  6. CarolineBach 57 months ago | reply

    wow, beautiful handwriting!

  7. Philipp Spreckels 55 months ago | reply

    Nice shot! We are currently using it as an illustration for one of our articles: www.qhistory.de/kontakt/impressum/

  8. Mike Rohde 55 months ago | reply

    Phillipp, thanks for the heads up and the credit! line on the page :-)

  9. Mike Rohde 55 months ago | reply

    Michael, I see you posted a link and credit too - thanks!

  10. cciicc 53 months ago | reply

    nice! like it so much!!!

  11. kellylenior 52 months ago | reply

    Ohh thank you! I've recently recovered this page from the depths of my bookmarks, and I'm so glad I found it again.. After struggling to find a planner that fits my needs, I tried this idea today, and it is so awesome. Feels so clean and organized! :)
    Thanks Mike!


  12. Mike Rohde 52 months ago | reply

    Kelly, so glad you found this page again! It's always good to have a planner you design for yourself. :-)

  13. alyssa_95 [deleted] 45 months ago | reply

    Do you think that this notebook would work as a planner not only for appointments and such but for school?

  14. oldrt 38 months ago | reply

    I found this image on Pinterest today.

  15. Mike Rohde 38 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the heads up @oldrt!

    alyssa_95 - I think this can be tailored to school quite easily - that's the beauty of it. :-)

  16. CsprsSassyHrly 38 months ago | reply

    What size notebook is this? I, like alyssa_95, am thinking about using a Moleskine converted into a planner for school and this looks like a good size, though I tend to prefer large notebooks just because I have a tendency of writing really big. My thought is that making it out weekly for several months will help with future assignments, projects, tests, research, etc.

    It'd be my first Moleskine so I'm nervous about what pen to use. I have quick access to Uni-ball Signo pens cause my mom's company buys them in bulk and she brings a lot home but I find they skip a lot and prefer Pilot G2, but have read they bleed through the pages.

  17. Flikcajsz 31 months ago | reply

    I found this tipp on myMoleskine today. Thanks Mike for the tip!

    This is a pocket sized Moleskine.

  18. maphilbert 22 months ago | reply

    I found this a couple of years ago and lost the link and happen to come across again and felt like I hit the lottery!!!! I have been searching for a better way to organize my day. I have modified planners to suit my needs before but there was always something missing. I have purchased the Moleskine but I have a couple of notebooks that I plan to modify before I actually modify it. I was so excited, I have even shared this with a friend in graduate school. Thank you so So SO much for sharing this with us. Hopefully I wont lose the link. one question before I go...Have you made any additional modifications? Respectfully, Melanese

  19. Mike Rohde 22 months ago | reply

    No changes to the system - I'm now using an iPhone but still use Moleskines for sketching and sketchnotes.

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