2023 Dodo Pad Family Planner Calendar
Lord Dodo is no bird brain
It's ceaselessly astounding what the human mind can come up with.
Every now and then, a truly great mind comes along to change the world. Just think: where would the world be had Isaac Newton not sat down by that apple tree one day and wondered why the apple fell downwards and not upwards, or had Albert Einstein not sat in the streetcar on his way home from work and pondered what would happen to his perception of time if the streetcar moved at the speed of light?
Likewise, in 1965, Lord Dodo (a.k.a. Sir John Verney) asked, "How can endlessly busy people save themselves from extinction due to the pressures of modern life?" His answer gifted the world with something so incredible that we believe he has cemented himself among the most revolutionary thinkers of our time.
The Idodeal daily organiser for the whole family
Lord Dodo, who today is chairman of Dodo Towers, conceived the Dodo Pad as an entertaining weekly planner to help the owner keep track of important dates and deadlines. Each edition of the spiral-bound diary is impossible to lose, thanks to the annually altering brightly coloured cover, and features Lord Dodo's extremely practical grid system, a true innovation of organisation.
Each week is clearly presented as a grid with each daily row divided into five columns. You can assign one column to each family member (with room at the side to 'marginalise' extra family members), or you can split the day into five because, let's face it, a single square is hardly ever enough room for an entire family or even one terribly busy person. By using the Dodo Pad, everyone can stay in sync and in the loop – coordinating family life has never been easier!
We have often wondered what humanity would have suffered through had Lord Dodo never concocted this ingenious invention. Friendships would crumble under the bitterness of forgotten birthdays; family arguments would erupt when parents repeatedly fail to attend their children's music recitals; and, frankly, just thinking about all those accidentally missed dentist appointments is enough to give us a toothache.
Thankfully, the Dodo Pad put an end to all these worries by providing you with a creative way to keep sight of your goals. Never again will you experience the sheer amount of stomach-churning stress that comes upon the sudden realisation that your super-important presentation was actually this Thursday and not next. Phew!
Lord Dodo's dodelightful doodles
As the descendant of a long line of distinguished doodlers, Lord Dodo is positively emphatic about drawing, spending his days scribbling and sketching away as he resides in his drawing room at Dodo Manor. The Dodo Pad has given him a way to put all his daydreaming and doodling to good use. His signature illustrations adorn every page of the Dodo Pad, giving each week a unique theme and allowing the reader a glimpse into his truly remarkable brain. His Lordship's favourite jokes, quotes, brainteasers, and unusual facts and anniversaries can be found throughout each Dodo Pad, and he even honours the Dodo dynasty with historical facts about his eccentric ancestors. Any appreciator of unconventional history and a good joke will feel at home in Lord Dodo's company.
Lord Dod's art may even inspire you to do some doodling of your own, which is why we've left a (mostly) blank space opposite each weekly grid for you to sketch your creations.
This Dodo's far from extinct
Initially starting with just the week-to-view spiral-bound diary, the Dodo Pad range has expanded and evolved throughout its 50-plus-year history to cater to every busy Dodopadler. University or college student with deadlines to keep track of and exams to plan towards? Our Acad-pad is perfect for planning out the academic year, from August to September. Prefer to see the whole month at a glance? Our month-to-view wall calendar is an excellent alternative to the diary. We also have looseleaf versions, Filofax compatible refills, and pocket- and personal-sized planners. Not only that, but Lord Dodo has finally joined the digital age and now produces interactive DigiDodoPads for use on your phone or tablet!
Whichever Dodo Pad product you choose, they all capture the buoyant spirit of Lord Dodo and his hardworking team at Dodo Towers. That's why the front cover of every single diary released, including the very first edition in 1966, proudly reads: "If you too are nearly extinct with the daily pressures of modern life, then try the Dodo Pad". And every back cover, accompanying the picture of a mother and baby Dodo: 'After using your Dodo Pad for a year you may find you're not as extinct as all that!'
So, don't face extinction! The Dodo Pad diary has everything you could ever want and more from a planner. Once you've become a member of the Dodo Pad family, you'll be amazed at how you ever managed to live without one of these infinitely helpful diaries in your home. It's no wonder why so many Dodopadlers are fanatic about our products.
The perfect month-to-view organiser
If you love the Dodo Pad style but would prefer a more traditional month-to-view wall-hanging calendar, then the 2023 Dodo Pad Family Planner Calendar combines the two flawlessly.
This monthly calendar takes the ingenious ideas of Lord Dodo's original Dodo Pad Diary design, along with a few of his famous illustrations, and fits them into a month-to-view layout. The result is an exceptionally exquisite work of dodelightful genius that will add a splash of colour (and first-rate wit) to any kitchen wall.
All the useful familiar features that the classic Dodo Pad is known for are here in this 30.5cm x 30.5cm calendar (30.5cm x 61cm when opened). Each day is split into five columns, one for each member of the family, so that everyone can log their activities and stay in sync with each other. It's never been easier to see at a glance how the whole month is going to pan out for the entire family.
Alternatively, if you've got a particularly packed schedule and need to segment your day into different sections, you can keep all five columns to yourself. Reminders, deadlines, dates, and appointments – you can jot them all down in the relevant columns. After all, most modern lives are far too hectic for only one solitary square per day. The Dodo Family Planner Calendar gives everyone enough room so that families aren't left fighting for space in a tiny box.
Dodelightful doodles each month
Always keen to show off his impeccable doodling skills, Lord Dodo himself has selected a few of his proudest pieces of artwork to display at the top of every month. Each drawing has a clever connection to a notable date within that month, with an explanation beneath – it's any unconventional history buff's dream! Next to each illustration is a blank space for extra notes or reminders that are especially important. Or, if you're feeling inspired by the selected works from His Lordship's oeuvre, you can always do some doodling of your own.
Disclaimer: We are not responsible for any family arguments that arise when Mum realises she can no longer use the notes section because little Belinda wanted to practise her art.
More than just a calendar
As well as all that, you also get a forward planner for the full year and a page to write indodispensable data, such as important contact details, birthdays and anniversaries. On each monthly page, all the major public and religious holidays for the UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Ireland are noted, and we've even represented the moon phases via symbols so that lunar enthusiasts can keep track of whether it's waning, waxing, full, or new.
All this Dodo genius is displayed on our highly acclaimed, responsibly sourced, matt-coated 112gsm paper that is absorbent and excellent for writing on no matter which pen you use. It's simply a marvellous monthly calendar for any fantastic family.
Psst – if you're all for a wall-hanging calendar but would prefer one that adopts the same week-to-view layout as the diary, take a look at our Dodo Wall Pad, which is identical in content to the original Dodo Pad desk diary.