Fetishising Smaller Boxes of Life

Last night I found myself down a web-wormhole of high end paper-based-products. It’s a perversion of sorts. But better than some of the alternatives, right?

I ended up at Present & Correct, a purveyor of the loveliest of stationery.  Look how beautiful these diaries are. So continental. So classy.

And the beauty is more than surface-deep.

Here’s another beautiful linen bound diary, equally European, equally nice.

Again, with nice pages inside.

And I really loved this, a beautiful stamp that lets you print an outline your week onto any available bit of paper you might have:

Then I had a revelation, what I was fetishising had nothing to do with paper products. And everything to do with how little the users of these products need to fit into their day. In this last example, it would force you to focus on one, or two things max, per day.

Imagine how nice that would be.

Even with the tiniest handwriting and the finest of fineliners you’d struggle to get one of my days into one of these products. Even the week-to-a-page view above.

This is what a typical busy day looks like in my Google Calendar (the meeting names have been redacted to protect the innocent).

I’m going to start imagining my calendar is made of paper and see what happens…


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