The first half of 2021 has been, to put it mildly, pretty disruptive. Speaking on behalf of most of the Milligram team, our ability to plan ahead has taken a real hit over the past few months, and we've found it hard to think more than a week or two ahead. Now, though, as the future starts to feel like it might be different from our unending present, the time is ripe to lay the plans that will shape the next phase of our lives.\nTraditionally, we treat the New Year as a marker of change; one phase ends and gives way to the next at the stroke of midnight. For all that we hurried 2020 out the door, though, 2021 hasn't really felt all that different from the year that came before. We've been denied a lot of things over the past 18 months or so, not least of which is the chance to move on and start fresh, but we have the opportunity now to draw a line under the Year That Would Not Die and mark a new beginning.\nAs diary die-hards, we love to mark that new beginning by cracking open a fresh planner. A new diary is full of potential and possibilities – days, weeks and months just waiting to be filled with getaway plans, events, nights out, concerts, birthdays and everything else that makes life feel real. It didn't work as well as usual at the start of this year – try as we might, our 2021 diaries weren't powerful enough to banish the demon that was 2020. But as the return to precedented times seems to get closer and closer, a mid-year rebirth seems more fitting than ever.\nIf you're ready to shake off the last however-long and move on, check out our collection of mid-year diaries, and get ready to turn over a new page in your life. Not sure where to start? Here are a few of our favourites to help you find your way.\n \nRifle Paper Co. 17 Month Planners\n\nThese fun, floral planners are in hot demand year after year. The bright, warm colours are just what we need to break up the drab grey of our southern hemisphere winter, but the beauty of Rifle Paper Co.'s 17 Month Planners goes way beyond the captivating cover. The delightful designs carry right the way through the diary, with each page bearing some of that classic Rifle Paper Co. charm.\n\nThat same beauty applies to the layout and design of the planner, from the robust spiral binding that makes it easy to make the most of each diary page to the convenient tabs that help you find your place in an instant. Each open page shows you your week at a glance, with check boxes to mark off your daily to-do lists and a quote to enjoy each week. There's even a section for notes in the back, along with a handy storage pocket (perfect for stashing receipts you don't want to lose) and 2 sheets of colourful stickers to decorate your days.\n\nWith its delightful flowery details, Rifle Paper Co.'s 17 Month Planners will have you acting like spring has come early all year round.\nCheck out Rifle Paper Co.'s 17 Month Planners, and get in your pre-order so you don't miss the one you want.\n \nMoleskine 18 Month Diaries\nIf something more sedate suits you better, the simple style of a Moleskine diary might make the perfect planner for you.\n\nMoleskine's diaries are enduring classics\nSporting the same design that made Moleskine a byword for notebooks, the Italian brand's diaries are timeless and unfussy, made with economical layouts that put your planning first. Whether you like the extra space of a Daily Diary for detailed to-do lists or you prefer the handy top-down view of your schedule that a Weekly diary offers, each Moleskine option is clear and intuitive, ranging in size from the ultra-portable Pocket to the expansive Extra Large. \n\nMoleskine's Weekly Notebook Diary shows the days of the week on one side, and a ruled page of notebook paper on the other\n \nWeekly notebook diaries are a helpful way to track the important dates and deadlines of your week, while also giving you space to use as you see fit. You can use that notebook page to lay out your tasks for the week, jot down a grocery list, or just scribble down important reminders so you don't forget to send that precious email by Thursday. Heck, it doesn't even have to be "productive" – you can sneak in some mid-meeting doodling, or work on your next novel while everyone thinks you're paying diligent attention to your schedule.\nThat's the beauty of Moleskine – that simple, enduring style is a blank canvas just waiting for you to make your mark on it. And now is the time to make you mark. There are plenty of options to choose from, so check out the full range of Moleskine diaries to find the one for you.\n \nStudio Milligram's Planner Set\n\nOne of the beautiful things about a planner as versatile as this one is that you can make a fresh start any time you want to. Studio Milligram Planner Sets give you the choice between Daily and Weekly formats, with undated pages so you don't have to wait for the New Year to start planning. But there's something else about these planners that makes them a strong option for this phase of your life, and it all comes down to colour. The fact that the Planner Sets come in Black and Blush is lovely, but as is so often the case, it's what's inside that counts. \n \n\n \nThe colour scheme used in Studio Milligram's Planner Sets is as important a feature of their design as the shape of the binder or the magnetic closure. Where planning can be a stressful affair, as we try to fit our entire lives into each day's limited number of hours, it's easy to get caught up in pressure that keeps us tired 24\/7. The soothing colours used in the Planner Sets is intended to challenge that in a gentle way, and make you Planner a calming little oasis that supports you in staying organised rather than expecting you to maximise every minute of every day.\nThe planner page layouts back that up, too, with gentle structure that prompts you without pushing. Feel better when you lay out all your appointments for the day? Great, there's space to help you do that. Would you rather focus on ticking off your to-do list? Awesome, there's space with boxes to mark off so you can feel the sense of achievement as you go. Want to just go freeform? The dot grid section is there for you to do as you like, no rules required.\n\nThe Weekly Planner pages are even more simple, with each day pairing plain and dot grid space that you can use or overwrite as you see fit. We all plan in our own way, and rather than requiring you to adapt to fit a predetermined mould, Studio Milligram Planners put the planning power back in your hands.\nCheck out Studio Milligram's Planner Sets, and start again whenever you're ready, not when the calendar says so.