25 July 2016

Guest Post - "Experienced User" can learn a thing or two - Carla

Hi, Carla here.  About a year ago, I was featured as an Experienced User.  Life has changed – AGAIN.  This ‘experienced user’ has learned a thing or two.

Lesson #1) being that a photographer, I am not.  So we’ll talk.  Warning, this will be long.

Lesson #2) find your system, then nothing short of your planner drowning or meeting a fiery end will throw you too far off.  Yeah, sometimes the brain needs a break, but when you’re ready to use your planner again, you have a working foundation.   During my working life, I learned that a separate binder or notebook was essential to keeping my sanity.

Now that I work from home and don’t have many appointments, I downsized from FC Classic/A5 to a Personal.  Everything in one binder.  No more “did I sync or not sync?” Appointments or due dates go on the monthly pages and tasks onto the weekly pages.  I’ve started using Philofaxy’s monthly tracker and foldout year calendar, which would work very well for me, if I could remember to look at them on a regular basis.

Back to the month grid, Hack #1) color-coding and a few symbols help me to keep things straight.  Appointments get penciled in, but that really doesn’t count because we’ve all learned that appointments have a tendency to change.  (The Frixion pen takes care of that.) When that’s done, I’ll pull out the trusty highlighter to show that it’s done. I use a x for business related entries and { for home entries.

Hack #1.5) Home entries are further color coded with a dot, context code or icon sticker.  Now if I haven’t already confused you, my Hack#2 allows me to keep Hubby’s schedule too.  Any dots, codes or stickers to the left of the text are my stuff, and any to the right are his.

Hacks #3 & 4) deal with pens, pen loops and a highlighter.  Many binders provide only one pen loop, but a minimum of 2 seems to be my comfort zone.  One loop for a pen and another for the highlighter that I use to mark the completed items or tasks.  In my Personal size ‘Original’, I only use the outer elastic loop for the highlighter. (The other two are reserved for thin paper clips.) Depending on what I have on hand, a stick-on pen loop, washi covered duct or electrical tape, wide elastic stapled onto a heavier insert, or a binder clip, does the trick.  Making my own allows me to customize the size.  No more minuscule, not good for anything but the skinniest pens or stretched out elastic, excuse for a pen loop dilemma.

No matter which binder I’m using, my Hack #5) is/are page lifters.  Those thick plastic pages are meant to “lift” the papers off the rings so the binder closes like a proper book.  Also, keeping one at either end provides a more stable writing surface over the lumps and bumps of the pockets.  Of course, they make a great dashboard too.  If you do make your own, double punch the holes to a more oval shape so they themselves don’t get stuck on the rings.

Lesson #3) stick with how your brain works.  In my case, impatient and easily confused.  If I’ll need a road map to read the road map, it’s not happening.  Same goes for my planner.  Over the years, I’ve tried keeping separate sections for lists and notes but would spend too much time deciding where something should be filed.  So for me using the A-Z tabs as one big filing system works.  Hack #6) This is where the washi-tape-indexing comes in. I got this idea from Rhomany's Realm. Financial information is filed in the ‘F’ section and marked by a Green-based washi along the outer edge.  ‘Admin’ notes get Blue-based washi, ‘Home’ notes get Orange, and ‘Me’ stuff gets Pink.  Oh yeah, the menu list is filed under ‘M’ and easily found by the Orange tab. So, if I’m looking for my bill tracker, I look for green washi.  Home maintenance schedule, orange washi. One day, I’ll color code the flags too, but not TODAY.  I’m not that organized – YET.

These are my tried and true, never fail to make any binder work for me, lessons and hacks.  I’d love to read of or see other tips and tricks that help make this planning process work for you.  If you have pictures you don’t mind sharing, tag me on Instagram @msorchidlove.  Thanks for reading and letting me share that experience can still be added to, or refined.  BIG Cheshire Cat smile.

Here’s a sample month


24 July 2016

Reader Favourite Organiser - Danielle

Thank you to Danielle for sharing with us her favourite organiser. 

Q1. What is your favourite organiser (Make/model/size)?

My favorite organizer right now is the personal Malden in ochre. During the school year, I have been using an A5, but I am a teacher so the smaller size for the summer works for me right now!

Q2. How long have you owned it?

I have only owned my Malden for about 3 months.

Q3. What is it that you like about it so much?

My favorite thing about the Malden is it's rugged look to it. I also like the zipped pocket and credit card slots.

Q4. Do you use it all the time?

I use it constantly!!! I have 4 kids, all who play a variety of club sports, and I work full time as a high school Biology teacher. I have to refer to my planner often throughout the day to make sure I am not missing something. I am also a big list person so I refer to my to do lists throughout the day as well. Also, I am always noting what we need from the grocery store.

Q5. Do you think the design could be improved in any way? How?

Improvements I would like to see a better pen loop, an extra pen loop, an option for bigger rings and the large pocket along the back of the planner. I have been looking at the more expensive brands to get these features that are missing. However, the Malden is a great planner for the price!

And here are some photographs of my favourite organiser





Thank you Danielle

If you would like to share with us the details of your favourite organiser, please contact steve @ philofaxy dot com 

23 July 2016

Web Finds - 23 July 2016

So I hope you have had a good week.

So now it is time to enjoy a great collection of blog posts 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. Web Finds - 16 July 2016
  2. Readers Favourite Organiser - Francisca
  3. Philofaxy Reader Posts
  4. Free For All Tuesday No. 285
  5. Web Finds - 19 July 2016
  6. Guest post - One Book July – the second week
  7. The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 21
  8. Free for All Friday No. 401 by Nan
So here are the latest Filofax and other brand blog posts from around the Internet. Don't forget to leave a comment on the posts you enjoyed reading, all bloggers enjoy getting comments.
  1. Pizza und Filofax - Filomaniac
  2. Confessions Of A Plannerholic #3 - The Stationery Geekette
  3. Guest post from Stuart Lennon - Paper Pens Ink
  4. Episode #19 – GTD and Global Sustainability - Getting Things Done®
  5. Planning with Style using Avery Products - My Purpley Life
  6. How Planning Keeps Me Sane - The Stationery Geekette
  7. A guide to our Goals Planner [CPG&M] - Planning with Printed Portal
  8. Welcome to the Filofaxist - The Filofaxist
  9. Planner kits - a ska loving geek
  10. Filofax Finking Friday 5 - My Filofax Blog
  11. The Il Bisonte Insider – a brief review of a highly opinionated binder - Joakim Hertze
  12. Colour Coding your Planner - jagged little thoughts
  13. Using a PYO Notebook in your Filofax or Planner - Planning with Printed Portal
  14. Making my A5 Finsbury Work - inlovewithjournals
  15. Filofax, mint diétás mindentudó és -napló - FilofaxNi!
  16. Updated Gillio Planner Collection - Random Pastimes of a Restless Mind
  17. My current planner set up - Organise your Life & Mind
  18. Free Printable Summer Bucket List - Planning with Printed Portal
  19. Filofax A5 Clip book video review - The Filofaxist
  • 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... 
  • Your Filofax/Organiser posts could appear in this list, just contact philofaxy at gmail dot com to be added to our monitoring list. 
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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.

The videos and 'My week' posts will appear in their own post on Tuesday.

Enjoy.

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