04 September 2015

Free For All Friday No. 355

Here in France schools have restarted in this last week and businesses are reopening after their August holidays, so generally things are now back to normal and Autumn is approaching so we are making the most of the good weather. It is time to start planning those odd jobs around the house that need doing before winter arrives.

How is your calendar looking in the next few weeks?

But as this is a Friday you can of course discuss anything Filofax related.

03 September 2015

Experienced User - Richard (Crofter)

Thank you to Richard aka Crofter for his contribution. I met Richard in Denver earlier this summer, it was a pleasure to meet him for the first time and to see how he uses his Filofax to organise his life in so many ways. 

When I don't write things down, my mind wanders off without me." I would like to take credit for that quote, but can't. It comes from an anonymous quote in my Commonplace Book. I am Richard, I reside in a small town along the front range of the Rocky Mountains a bit north of Denver, Co.. I am now retired, but had a career in several different fields within the construction and transportation industries, and also raised cattle for 40 years. Truth be known, the only reason for the outside jobs was to support my cow habit.

Growing up, I was always so impressed with my Dad. You never wanted to argue with him, he could go to his archive, look it up, and tell you exactly what happened, and more than likely, what was said, and who else was there. At a very early age, it was stressed that you never left home without 3 things; a jacket, something to eat, and a roll of toilet paper. By the time I was 12, two other things were added, to be responsible, and to that, be accountable. You should always have something to write on, and a hard pencil. Nothing has changed.

1. When did you start using an organiser?

I really didn't start to use a "formal organizer" till 1980, but was very much aware of how badly I needed something. This was during a period of time when I was Equipment superintendent for a large contractor based out of Denver, Co.. I was responsible for all the equipment from 200 ton cranes all the way down to small stuff, just not the hand tools. This included 75 pickups, 20 autos, 2 ton trucks, semis, trailers, and the list goes on ad nauseum.

I was also in charge of getting equipment and materials to jobs all over the state, to jobs with a contract value up to $50 million. At any one time, the average number of jobs would range from 25-35. It really was a huge challenge, and I really struggled with staying on top of it all. You would have all the plans set for the day, and one phone call of a major equipment failure, and your priorities would have to change.

I eventually settled on a 5x8 card system, in a folder that had slots for 21 cards on each side. I would divide each card into three columns, with a priority of 1, 2, or 3, according to the time needed to accomplish the task, as the deadline would draw near, the task would migrate into a higher priority until it would finally be checked off. It was a real stone age system, and had the portability of a boat anchor, but it allowed me and the15 employees I had responsibility for to stay on track.

It was during this time that I saw the first real "organizer" I had ever seen. It was a Day-Timer, and I was immediately thinking of how I could use it. I started with a wire bound monthly book, and was the start of a long string of systems, that all served the purpose I had in mind at the time, and since have been superseded by "new and improved" systems. You all know how that goes.

My next job was in the construction industry again, I was a manager of a company that rented heavy industrial and construction equipment in three western states. I was an application specialist, and figured out the best way and best equipment to solve difficult construction problems. My last position with this company was manager of a yard in Colorado Springs that rented 3500 porta potties, or port loos to the construction and military. What a crappy job----literally. During this time the main problems were the logistics, and just keeping track of everything.

I went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad after that, and really didn't need much of a planner, I did keep track of all my trips, including engine numbers in my consist, my conductor, and little notes about the trip. What a change, and a welcome one. It was a great job, and one of the few where you had a train of 137 coal cars, each hauling 100 tons of coal, with 5 engines, 3 on the head end, and 2 on the back, with 42,000 horse power at your finger tips. [100 US Tons = 90718kg ]

2. How has your use of an organiser changed over the years?

It was about 1990 that I got my fist Filofax, I was still on the railroad, but needed a tool to keep track of my cattle business. It was a challenge because during the summer I had cattle in Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming. It was during this time that I used the Filofax forms in addition to the day on two pages diary. I used the bank form for a cow record. Each cow got its own sheet, and on it was recorded both expenses and income for each cow. The regular expense of feed, vaccinations would be based on the total cost of feed, medication, etc. and divided up and each cow would be debited. Special medications or expenses would be noted for each cow, also the calf weight and what it sold for, or if kept for my feeder program, what the weaned weight of the calf was. This allowed a very accurate picture of the cost efficiency of the particular cow, and would determine not only which cows were culled, but also used to determine if that heifer calf she had should be retained and made part of the herd.

I also used , and still use a Filofax 'Motor Running Record' the form number is 537. I used these for each vehicle and motorized equipment for when maintenance needed to be performed, and to track expenses.

I also used graph paper and would use moving averages  for 4 items; gas, diesel fuel, corn, and hay. I would use week end prices, and run off the bottom of my supply when prices were high, and off the top or full supply when prices were cheap. All commodities are very cyclical in nature when it comes to price, and your profit can be greatly enhanced by just paying close attention to price points

During this period of time, my cow records were kept in a 5/4 Black Winchester. Everything else was in a regular 7/8 Filo, and later in my very favorite, a 1/2 5CLF Winchester, which is the predecessor to the compacts of today. This is a constant companion for me, and with the 1/2" rings, does not hinder my writing. The other thing I love about this Filo is the leather squeaks when you squeeze it, just like a good saddle, and believe me, I have spent a lot of hours in both.

3. Which diary format works best for you and why?

It varies, I use the month on two pages with tabs, then as of late, just a week on two pages. I have gone to all Tomoe River Paper, and make them my self, and that gives me a great deal of flexibility, if something comes up and I need a day on 2 pages, no problem. I will eventually make my own finance pages, right now I am working through a substantial supply of Filofax forms, so I guess there are two reasons I am not making my own now, I'm both lazy and cheap.

In conjunction with my week/2 pages, I use a modified bullet journal. I admire people that can successfully use GTD, takes a lot of self discipline. I am a fan of Bill Westerman's Getting Sh*t Done. I can pretty well judge how I am doing with the progress I make on my Monthly list. I have found that doing a weekly review on Fridays is very helpful. (Thanks David)

4. What other information do you keep and maintain in your organiser.

I have a finance section, I keep track of a checking account, 2 credit cards, and cash. We installed a solar system last year, and I keep track of how it is doing. I have a project section, currently we are doing a major rebuild project on a rental property we own. I keep a lists section, mostly of places I would like to go have a meal at, books to buy, and lists of need supplies.

5. Do you use a 'system' of organisation, and how does it work in your Filofax?

I think that has been covered above.

6. What routines and structures do you use?

My routine is the same one I have used for years, reminds me of a sign on the Alaskan Highway, "Choose your rut carefully, because you are going to be there for the next 100 miles". Ok, I am very comfortable in this rut. My Filofax is the last thing I look at before I go to bed, and the first think I look at in the morning. It is either in my hand, or right beside me through the day. It is just a very nice crutch.

7. Do you use one binder or several, and if several, how do you use them?

I use just my 1/2 5CLF since I retired. I carry only the facts I need to have at hand, not much for decoration, and am a firm believer in keeping things as simple as possible including my life. I think Ray and David have the right approach, 1 life, 1 planner.

In closing, I would like to thank Steve for including me in this, and to the rest of you who make this blog possible. I think it is a wonderful community of people and ideas and I enjoy it. If I may, I will leave you with another quote from my Commonplace Book, "I am indebted to my notebook for the happiness of my whole life." Benjamin Franklin.

Thank you Richard.

If you would like to take part in this series please email and mark your email 'Experienced Filofax User'

02 September 2015

Highlights of August 2015

So here are the highlights of the month of August.

The end of August saw the 3000th published post on Philofaxy, given that we are approaching 10 years at the end of October I think that 3000 posts in that time is quite a significant achievement.

Anita wrote about My Mulberry Agenda history and repairs, as well as My wandering, wayward heart (my version of planner peace).

We were able to fill some more gaps in our knowledge about older Filofax models with the Filofax Catalogue 2004-5 looking much further back in time I shared with you about the Lefax Radio Handbook I had been given as a gift whilst in the USA.

For everyday practical type posts I suggested that your organiser might like to be losing weight. I did two more detailed posts on Opening and Closing the rings on our organiser as well as Fixing Ring Gaps

Van der Spek Video Competion was announced and there is still all of September to get those videos on line and get people liking them.

The following readers went under the spotlight Rachel, Lindsay, Karen, Stacey, Grace   We still need new people to come forward, please email Steve if you would like to appear on Reader Under The Spotlight.

Our experienced user feature continues to expand and in July we heard from: Yvonne, Carla, Josh, Sam, thank you to everyone who has contributed so far. If you would like to share the details of how you use your organiser, please contact Steve and he will send you the details.

We had some great guest posts this last month from Amanda about Filo Tips  and Helen on Defining Planner Peace

We are due to hold our next Philofaxy Roundtable this coming Sunday, the announcement post was the 3000th post in case you were wondering.

Of course the Webfinds and Free For All TuesdaysFridays posts are always there each week, please join in the comments, everyone is welcome.

If you have a guest post idea, please contact steve at philofaxy dot com  or if there is a topic you would like to see us cover or revisit also please contact Steve.

I hope you find this post useful, please let us know in the comments and we will do our best to do a highlights post each month.

31 August 2015

A date for your diary - 6 September 2015

We are going to run another conference round-table voice chat using Skype. And the 'morning' session returns so our friends in the Far East and Asia can join in again.

I'm sure we are gradually getting to know each other's voices, but I will make a point of going 'around the table' to get everyone to introduce themselves this time.

So...When, Where, What, Who and How?

When? - Sunday 6 September from  London 10am, Paris 11am, Brisbane 7pm time.

Additionally I will be on line at San Francisco 10am Chicago, 12noon Toronto 1pm, New York 1pm, London 6pm Paris 7pm etc.  See the World Clock to make sure you have the right time.

The timing of these two sessions have been chosen to hopefully allow as many people to join in compared to previous round-tables. The timing of future ones will be varied to suit everyone if need be.

Where? - an on-line chat using Skype. with voice and video (if you wish)

What do I need? - just a micro-phone and some head phones(in ear phones work fine) and a free Skype account. Using headphones or earphone reduces 'echo' on the call.

Who - All of you... connect up with Philofaxy and we will attempt to get as many of us linked in to the audio conference as possible. Come and listen if you don't want to chat.  What do we talk about? Filofax stuff... but anything else as well. It's like long lost friends meeting up for coffee and a catch up.. but don't worry if you have never joined in before... you are an old friend too!

If you have any questions you want to ask then please let us know in the group or before we start.

How -
  1. Connect to Philofaxy by firstly searching for Philofaxy in Skype, I will then add you as a contact.
  2. Then  'Send Contact Request',  I will then add you in to the chat room. 
  3. Then if you request it, I can add you to the audio conference as well. But if you just want to chat via keyboard that's fine. That way it's slightly less hectic for me! 
Come and join in the fun, even if you only pop in to say hello... but don't be afraid to join in the discussion.

As with previous round-tables there will also be a parallel text chat room going at the same time as the voice conference, so you can listen to the voice chat and type if you wish.

If you need any assistance setting up Skype, please pop a comment in this post and I will try and help you get one line. Skype is free for computer to computer calls....

Here is my post on how to improve your Skype audio with headphones or a headset.

Hope to be chatting with you on Sunday 6 September 2015.

My wandering, wayward heart (my version of planner peace) by Anita

After reading Helen’s excellent post about defining planner peace, it reminded me that I’ve been considering writing about this subject for some time. The great thing is that everyone’s version of peace will look quite different, and that’s one of the things that I love reading about here or on other blogs. The flexibility of a ringed binder draws me back every time as it’s so easy to open the rings, remove the contents and start over.

I’ve had a little look back at my previous posts here on Philofaxy and there seems to be a recurring theme along the lines of ‘I’m so content with this one, I couldn’t imagine changing and thank you very much, I won’t be buying any more’. However, after a varying amount of time I do change and I’ve recently realised just what this means for my binder use and peace of mind.

Quite some time ago, I had a Facebook conversation with the lovely Ro about buying Filofaxes and something she said really struck me as very true that I have a ‘wandering, wayward heart when it comes to these things’ and about my tendency to like variety now and then.

So, this is what my planner peace looks like:
  • First and foremost, I do not mess with my set up. This is my cardinal rule, I guess. Whilst some changes can be beneficial, I don’t want to tinker about with my system for the sake of it as this can just be another form of procrastination for me
  • I am allowed to change my binder when I fancy some variety, as I am able to recoup my costs as I’m careful about what I spend. I love Filofaxes, but I don’t want a large collection and I dislike owning ones that aren't in use, so I sell my original one to fund the incoming newbie
  • My main binder is either personal or one that takes A6 paper as I find them the best compromise between page size and portability 
  • I am allowed to own more than one! For some time, I struggled with this with my minimalistic tendencies but I am finding that an additional A5 is very helpful for planning projects and taking notes
  • I've learnt over time that my version of planner peace will change and I'm OK with that 
  • Something new (for me) that I'm considering is the idea that I can keep one additional one that isn't being used. It may be just one that I love and don't want to part with, or maybe in a different size for my changing needs
  • I keep my stationery supplies at a minimum. On purpose I have a limited amount of storage for this and I don't decorate, so it means I don't need much more than spare paper, my hole punch and a couple of pens. 
I've actually found it quite useful writing this post as I've been figuring this out as I go along and putting it into words has been very helpful. I've never had 'a unicorn' and I feel very fortunate as I usually find any new replacement quite easily thanks to this wonderful online community.

30 August 2015

Reader Under The Spotlight - Grace

A big thank you to Grace for agreeing to go under our spotlight. 

My name is Grace, I’m 25 and I’m from a seaside town in Kent (UK). I live both there and in Nottingham where I attend University. I’m a “mature” student (on paper only!) and graduated from the University of Nottingham this July; I am about to start my Masters at the same place. My studies centre on early medieval (c. 500 – 1100AD) history, language, and literature, but I like history and books from all time periods. I also work part-time. Outside of my planner and stationery obsession I devote the majority of my time to my studies, but I also dabble in crafts, mostly card making, and a little bit of cooking and baking; oh, and I have an unhealthy obsession with the works of JRR Tolkien. I am an animal lover, particularly of my black, fluffy cat called Conan, and I fully intend to one day be a crazy cat lady.

Q1 – When did you buy your first organise and what was it?

My first organiser was a kids’ fun-fax style planner when I was very young. I filled it with very important things such an inventory of my toys and plans of Saturday – plait My Little Pony’s mane, Sunday – rearrange Barbie house furniture – clearly planning has always been part of me. The first Filofax I purchased myself was a Personal Lavender Metropol in 2011 when I was studying to get into University.

Q2 – What other brands have you used or considered using?

I like the gold rings in Kikki K planners and I think the Kate Spade are beautiful. The majority of the ones I like are discontinued models though.

Q3 – Out of the organisers you own which is your current favourite (style and size)?

It’s a tough question as I love my Kingfisher Blue Metropol – I love the colour and because it’s discontinued I ended up in a furious bidding war on eBay for it. But for functionality I’d have to say my compact Pennybridge. It has all the features of a wallet, which I needed, but the added rings so I can use it as a planner too. The outside pocket also fits my iPhone 6 in perfectly so if I’m just popping out to the shop or for a coffee all I need to take is that.

Q4 – How many Filofax or other brands of organisers do you own?

I have five different Metropols – two personals, in Kingfisher Blue and in Lavender, an A5 in Red, a Mini in Chocolate Brown, and a zipped A4 in Red – technically the A4 is a Folio but it has full sized rings in it – it’s just the name ‘Folio’ seems to half the price! I also have a Compact Pennybridge (the wallet) in Purple, an A5 Domino Patent in Turquoise, and a Clipbook in Petrol Blue.

Q5 – What is the oldest organiser in your collection?

Unless I ever find that kids’ fun fax (it may possibly be in my parents’ attic collecting dust) then that would be the Lavender Metropol, the poor thing is pretty battered so it’s officially retired to shelf life now.

Q6 – What do you use your organisers for?

Absolutely everything! From the obvious day to day planning to things like tracking my food, health, books read, finances, assignments… etc.

Q7 – How many sections do you have in your organiser and what is each section used for?

I have four (!) planners on the go, plus a Clipbook.

The Personal Metropol is my day-to-day planner and has five sections: it has a WO2P diary, a general to-do list, a food log, reading lists, and a ‘misc’ section for notes/brain dump type things.

The Pennybridge is a wallet and finance tracker. So there’s a WO2P where I write down everything I spend, then also sections for shopping lists, online orders, and wishlists.

The A5 Metropol is my household planner; it has four sections and some sub-sections. The first section has things like tenancy info, cleaning schedule, passwords and logins (in code), and direct debits. The second has contacts and addresses with a pen-pal sub-section, the third is for crafts and stationery with inserts like cards I need to make and an inventory of my favourite/frequently used stationery and craft items and where they were purchased so I can replace them easily. Fourth is a health/wellbeing/fitness section, which, among other things, includes monthly pages so I can track some health issues and see on which days I may have had symptoms or problems.

The A5 Domino is my University planner. The first section has my timetables and a year to view so I can quickly see my deadline dates; the second has WO2P diary that I designed myself to plan out my studying schedule; the third section is again my own inserts that are for planning projects, essays, and other assignments; the fourth has information sheets about the modules I take, and the last section is for me to keep track of the books I take out of the library.

Lastly, I use my Clipbook for taking notes when I’m on campus.

Q8 – What was the feature about Filofax you like the most?

Adaptability and flexibility! And also the range of colours and styles to choose from. I love how I can have one planner full of mostly reference things with all sorts stuffed into the pockets and another, such as the Clipbook, that is dedicated to just note taking as its design is perfect for that.

Q9 – If you could design your own Filofax what would it feature?

I love my Compact Pennybridge as a wallet, as it has all you need for that – card slots, a generous zip pouch for coins, inner and outer pockets and a zip close to keep everything safe… the only problem is the teeny compact rings. So I’d take that planner and widen it to have full sized personal rings and combine my wallet planner with my day-to-day planner. I’d have it available in aqua (like the Lockwood) and black colours with a gold zip and purple with a silver zip – yes I have thought about this too much!

Q10 – How do you carry your Filofax?

The Pennybridge, Personal Metropol, and the Clipbook travel in my handbag – I have a large handbag that also carries an 11.6” laptop, pencil case, and a host of other things. The A5s stay at home on my desk.

Q11 – Which Filofax in the current range do you like the most? Are you going to buy it?

Well, the one I liked the most was the A5 Patent Domino in Turquoise… and I did buy it!

Q12 – What is the most you have ever spent on a Filofax or other brand of organiser? Which model?

I’m one for the cheaper models, so the most was about £40 for the A4 folio – which is the only one of my planners to have never been used, typical!

Q13 – What is your favourite Filofax tip or hack?

Philofaxy dated diary inserts! I have at least one type in every single one of my Filofaxes, for various purposes.

Q14 –Turning to Philofaxy, what do you like the most?

I love that there’s a community of planner and stationery nuts out there – so I particularly love reading the Readers Under the Spotlight, Experienced Users, and Web-Finds. I often get comments from friends, family, and even strangers such as “Hey! The 1980s called, they want their Filofax back!”, or “Why in the hell would you use a Filofax when you have an iPhone?!”, and I often point them in the direction of Philofaxy to say, well, at least I’m not the only one, there’s an army of us!

Q15 – and what do you not like about Philofaxy?

There’s nothing about Philofaxy itself, but when it comes to the online planner community the term ‘planner peace’ annoys me, but there was a guest post about that very recently that covered the term very nicely. I just think having a perfect system is great, but as for ‘planner peace’, then life changes constantly, and that’s the reason why Filofaxes are adaptable to change.

Q16 – What was the last music track you downloaded or bought?

Not a track but an album – One Man Army by Ensiferum (a Finnish Folk Metal band)

Q17 – Have you ever attended a Philofaxy meet up? If not do you intend to one day?

I have not – maybe one day, but I can be quite a shy little sausage when it comes to meeting new people.

Q18 – what was the last movie you watched?

I recently finished reading Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, so I watched the 2008 movie adaptation as I wanted to see how someone else interpreted the novel.

Q19 – What was the last book you read?

As above – Brideshead Revisited. But I usually have two or three books (or more) on the go at any one time, some for work/study and some for pleasure. Currently I’m reading a book on Old English grammar (study!), the posthumously published work of Tolkien that just came out, The Story of Kullervo (pleasure), and Studs Terkel’s The Good War: An Oral History of WWII (bit of both?): this is why I need an entire section to track my reading!

Thank you Grace and all the best with your Masters.

As you know we are always looking for new people to appear in our 'Reader Under Spotlight feature, you don't have to be 'well known' or a long term user to be considered to appear in this 'spot'.

So please contact Steve philofaxy at gmail dot com today. Thank you.

29 August 2015

Web Finds - 29 August 2015

So I hope you have had a good week.

So now it is time to enjoy a great collection of blog posts and videos from around the internet, so grab a drink and make yourself for our weekly round-up.

Here are some Philofaxy posts you might have missed this week:
  1. Reader Under The Spotlight - Stacey
  2. Opening and Closing the rings on our organiser
  3. Free For All Tuesday No. 238
  4. Fixing Ring Gaps
  5. Experienced User - Sam
  6. Free For All Friday No. 354
So here are the latest Filofax and other brand blog posts from around the Internet:
  1. What’s Your Planner Type? | Planner Week + GIVEAWAY & Coupon Code - Brandie Sellers
  2. So You’re Ready to Get a Planner . . . - Homemakers Daily
  3. How to make your own ring bound planner from scratch – part 1 - House of Lotte
  4. My Gillio pocket Compagna is here! - Love All Planners
  5. Planner Fidelity - Stationery Starlet
  6. Das 7. Meet up in N├╝rnberg - Filomaniac
  7. Why haven’t you finished that project? - Planning Your Life Out on Paper
  8. How to build your perfect planner system? Week 12: Start to thinking in projects! - From Chaos to Order
  9. Living In An App World, And I’m An Analogue Girl - The Weekend Wife
  10. How to make your own ring bound planner from scratch – Part 2 – Process flow - House of Lotte
  11. Can I Use a Planner That's Not Perfect For Me? - Giftie Etcetera
  12. Trip Tuesday - The Small Stuff - Stationery Starlet
  13. Are You Trying to Do Too Much? - Time Management Ninja
  14. My Italian lover – Gillio planner - I hearts simple living
  15. Wordless Wednesday - Anita Lim
  16. Time management Monday: what to do during your least productive hours - Quo Vadis Blog
  17. Planner Girl: August Update - Thoughts Along Life's Highway
  18. How to make your own ring bound planner – Part 3 – transferring the pattern - House of Lotte
  19. My new red Pocket Executive!! - It's Bluetiger
  20. 10 Types of To-Do Lists - Homemakers Daily
  21. How to Log Exercise in a Planner - Giftie Etcetera
  22. Using a planner correctly? - Stationery Starlet
  23. The real reason WHY you haven’t finished that project yet. - Planning Your Life Out on Paper
  24. Podcast #8 – Introducing GTD to a Friend - Getting Things Done
  25. Lifestyle: What’s in my Handbag (Intern Edition) - The Life & Loves of Ninegrandstudent
  26. Filofax A5 Pear Saffiano Review - Zoeplans
  27. Filofax A5 Domino Setup for University - Mary Plethora
  28. My Filofax Tabs - Claudine's Art Corner
  29. How to Use a Planner for Temporary Amnesia - Renew Your Space
  30. Which Planner Pages Are Worthy of Top Tabs - Giftie Etcetera
  31. Size matters - It's Bluetiger
  32. Fall Is In The Air!! [printable] - Planner Fun
  33. Stretch/Re-Purpose Planner Stationery - The Weekend Wife
  34. Planner Meet Up | Planner Week - Brandie Sellers
  • We monitor over 400 blogs and sites, your Filofax/Organiser blog posts could appear in this list, just contact philofaxy at gmail dot com to be added to our monitoring list. 
  • We can not guarantee people will read your posts, but we know there is a higher chance of people reading your posts and returning to read other posts if you make them interesting with pictures and good hints and tips. Do not forget to give your posts a title... 
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We are on the look out for more people to take part in Reader Under the Spotlight. If you would like to appear in this feature then please contact Steve : philofaxy at gmail dot com  Thank you.

And here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Van der Spek 'Janet Leather' Planner - Sevanseights
  2. Love my Van der Spek - Karen Robertson
  3. What's in my filofax personal ?! - Judi Baliga
  4. A5 Holborn Spiritual Filofax & More - Monique Smith
  5. Setup filofax penny bridge compact - Francesca Brini
  6. Filofax Ochre Malden Set Up | College Set Up 2015 - Hollydaly
  7. DIY planner with free printables and DIY filofax cover - BACK TO SCHOOL - Patty Sway
  8. Filofax Setup - Diyar Akar
  9. My new Filofax Malden in Ochre. - Sam Kelly
  10. Pocket Filofax Malden Ochre | Setup - The Planning Witch
  11. Art Heals Us: My First Filofax A5 DIY Setup with dashboard and inserts - Art Heals Us!
  12. Filofax or Midori?!? - Horizon1322
  13. My Mini Filofax Wallet Setup - Seaweed Kisses
  14. {Filofax & Art Journal} Fluoro Pink Original as Summer Fun Kit - DarkLittlePeople
  15. Planner-love: Filofax the Original Patent Nude A5 - Unboxing - Miasockergryn
  16. 10 FILOFAX HACKS & DIY's | Kalender, Schulplaner - ViktoriaSarina
  17. Filofax planner layout 2016 - Laqwanna Franklin
  18. Filofax Saffiano Pocket Planner Unboxing - Shay Sharing
  19. DIY Cute Dashboard For Kikki-k/Filofax - Pimp my Planner 
  20. Filofax Malden Unboxing from Pens and Leather - Mady Lopez
  21. Filofax Fall 2015 New Items - Pen Boutique - Maryland - Roger Kent
  • For tips on how to improve your videos, please see this post.  Also this video too Webfinds 
  • Your Filofax/Organiser Videos could appear in this list, just contact philofaxy at gmail dot com to be added to our monitoring list. 
My Week Posts
  1. My week #175 - Paper Lovestory
  2. Weekly Post #118 - Miss Mai's Adventures
  3. My Week #34 (2015) - Joanny White
  4. My Week 34/52 - Twenty5seven
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  6. Weekly Post #120 - Miss Mai's Adventures

28 August 2015

Free For All Friday No. 354

How are you at setting your own goals? Setting realistic deadlines for what you might achieve in a week?

During most routine weeks I manage my time and achieve most things fairly well. Alison and I tend to work as a team from the point of view of doing things around the house, having been married for coming up to 30 years, it is a fairly 'well oiled machine' !!

However, since we moved to France, we obviously are together a lot more and that took a little bit of getting used to. We have adjusted our tasks I suppose. We often do our own trips though and if I'm at home on my own I used to find it quite a struggle adapting to having to do everything, so I would often run out of time or not achieve as much as I thought I would in the week or so.

This week Alison is at a local literature festival in the south of our region, so I'm at home and so far the planning and tasks are going well.

Why? My organiser... yes of course... I wrote out a list in my usual way and then I've allocated each task to a day with the aim of doing it on that day and hopefully getting through the tasks by the time Alison returns on Saturday!!

One thing that helped me though was starting my plan early before Alison had left, she is very good at prompting me for things I need to do! I also looked at the weather forecast (very English!!) to see when to do things outside as well. As it happens it's been fairly accurate this week for here (for that read it has rained quite a bit!)

So all in all I'm feeling quite pleased with myself!!

Do you have weeks when it all goes to plan... because of the way you used your organiser?

And as it is a Friday you are of course free to discuss anything ring bound planner related.
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