17 March 2018

Web Finds - 17 March 2018

So I hope you have had a good week

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

Here are some Philofaxy posts you might have missed this week:
  1. Web Finds - 10 March 2018
  2. Silent Sunday
  3. Ring Mechanism Parts Explained.
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 371
  5. Web Finds - 13 March 2018
  6. Organiser diet
  7. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 70
  8. Free For All Friday No. 331 by Tim Edwards
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. Speakers‘ Corner Saturday - 426 - Filomaniac
  2. Using a ring organiser to plan your travels – Part 3 - This Bug's Life
  3. The maps of life.... - William Hannah Limited - The Library
  4. Time management Monday: Printables for your planner - Quo Vadis Blog
  5. Using a ring organiser to plan your travels – Part 4 - This Bug's Life
  6. Filofax betétlapok adaptálása Filofax Notebookba - FilofaxNi!
  7. Using a ring organiser to plan your travels – Part 5 - This Bug's Life
  8. CUSTOMER'S REQUEST: bi-colour epoca black & acid green! - Blog | Gillio
  9. Got it! The Van der Spek brown Touch Me Standard in their older... - Olga plans!
  10. Using a ring organiser to lose weight – Part 1 - This Bug's Life
  11. TMN TIP: Keep Clutter at Bay - Time Management Ninja
  12. Changing a Habit – Where to Start - FranklinPlannerTalk
  13. Using a ring organiser to lose weight – Part 2 - This Bug's Life
  14. Lorelei Lee's Planning Sheets - Lorelei Lee's Plan-Bar
  15. jeepapeterie: There was a season in my life when I used DO2P... - Olga plans!
  16. Planner Girls Collective: Planner Meets – Pamper, Plan and Create 2018 - Read, Write, Inspire
  17. Writing Wednesday: Guide to choosing fountain pen inks - Quo Vadis Blog
  18. Using a ring organiser to lose weight – Part 3 - This Bug's Life
  19. Why We Lose Focus - Day Designer
  20. 7 Habits That Hinder Productivity - Time Management Ninja
  21. How to avoid procrastinating when working from home - Quo Vadis Blog
  22. Using a ring organiser to lose weight – Part 4 - This Bug's Life
  23. Quote - Olga plans!
  24. Do This to Get More Done in Less Time - Day Designer
  25. How To Create A Productive Day At The (Home) Office - So This Is What
  26. Using a ring organiser to lose weight – Part 5 - This Bug's Life
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16 March 2018

Free For All Friday No. 331 by Tim Edwards

Some people are avid collectors of different binders, and others love decoration or the tactile feel of the different Filofax designs.

On the other hand, many users see their organiser as a planning tool to help them set goals and progress towards achieving them. This week has featured several time management posts.

Do you use your organiser(s) primarily for planning with monthly, weekly AND daily pages?

Do you set and review progress to achieving goals on a regular basis?

Ask yourself - is your Filofax collection really a hobby, or is it a way of life?

Naturally as this is Friday please feel free to discuss anything ring bound planner or organiser related.

15 March 2018

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 70


This episode is part one of a series that breaks down how to apply the five principles of Getting Things Done by David Allen in your planner.

If you have ideas for future episodes, please send them to steve at philofaxy dot com

Show Notes (timings approximate)
00:00 - Introductions.
02:00 - How we work
04:00 - Paper bills
06:30 - Business cards
07:00 - Client information
11:00 - Capturing information in your planner
14:00 - Where to put captured information
16:00 - Auditing your planner/organiser
21:00 - What to do with spare/old/archived pages
22:00 - Retaining focus
26:00 - Remembering ideas, using voice or notes apps
28:00 - Tips for collecting information.

Episode 70 - Capture.

A direct download is also available here: Episode70.mp3

Show notes: A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf

NB: A5 is in A4 format so it can be scaled to suit A5 or A6 size. Personal is for printing direct on Personal size paper.

Presenters - Karine Tovmassian and Steve Morton
Editing and production - Steve Morton

Our Websites:
Karine: Plannerology, Karine Tovmassian (IG)
Steve: Philofaxy, Travellers Notebook Times, Mr Philofaxy (IG)

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Previous Episodes:


69 - How to do nothing - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
68 - Changes - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
67 - Tones versus Pulses - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf


66 - Planning and Execution - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
65 - The Power of Habit - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
64 - Planning for the end of the year - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
63 - Planning For Unexpected Life Events - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
62 - Staying in two sizes of planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
61 - Staying in one size of planner. - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
60 - Functional Planning - Macro and Micro Planning - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
59 - PlannerCon Europe - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
58 - Speeding up by slowing down - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
57 - To Do Lists and Diary Pages -  A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
56 - Hints and Tips on making planner videos - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
55 - Keeping up to date - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
54 - Interview with Jennifer Powell at PlannerCon - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
53 - Conferences and Meet Ups - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
52 - The Magic of Contextualising Your Life - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
51 - Guest Interview - Rose Orchard - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
50 - Organising your significant other - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
49 - Creating the ultimate planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
48 - Getting past New Years resolutions - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
47 - How to understand being a planner newbie - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
46 - Buying and Selling 101 - A5 docx pdf Personal docx pdf
45 - A5 or A6 - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
44 - End of Year - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf


43 - Digital Planning vs Analogue Planning - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
42 - Planning vs Organising - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
41 - Short and Long Term Planning - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
40 - Good and Bad Planner Habits - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
39 - Tackling Planner Size Change - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
38 - Self-Improvement or Personal Development - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
37 - What is productivity anyway - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
36 - The Planner Community - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
35 - Wellness Planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
34 - Listeners Question - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
33 - Pens and other writing instruments - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
32 - Proper storage, care and shipping of planners, rings etc - A5 docx pdf Personal docx pdf
31 - Guest Interview - Louise Umeki - Plannercon 2017 - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
30 - Form Following Function -  A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
29 - Seasonal To Do Lists - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
28 - Making and keeping annual goals - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
27 - Organising the family - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
26 - Guest interview - Theresa Hall - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
25 - Guest interview - Ray Blake - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
24 - Defining the important things from the urgent things - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
23 - Guest interview with Rita Sedani - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
22 - Printing your own inserts - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
21 - How to derail your planning system by over thinking - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
20 - Digital devices/services and your analogue planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
19 - What To Keep In Your 'Others' Tab - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
18 - Zombie Apocalypse Preparation - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
17 - Managing Finances In Your Planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
16 - Planning for those of us who actually can't live without planning, with guest co-host Carie Harling - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
15 - Automation NirvanaA5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
14 - Work Life Balance and Your Planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
13 - GTD Productivity And Using Your Paper Planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
12 - Job Seeking and Keeping - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
11 - Planner Fail -  A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
10 - Planner Hacks - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
9 - Planner Planning - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
8 - Choosing Inserts - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
7 - How do you carry your planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
6 - Planners on the go - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
5 - Why would you pay more than the price of a Filofax? - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
4 - Using Your Planner To Create Permanent Habit Changes - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
3 - Getting on with two or more planners - A5 docx pdf Personal docx pdf
2 - Where to start your planning journey and why - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
1 - What size and why....  - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf

14 March 2018

Organiser diet

We are coming to the end of the first quarter of 2018, how are those New Years resolutions going? OK you can ignore the ones about personal weight loss for today, I want to talk about reducing the weight of your organiser, make it more manageable, less stuffed!

Back in January you all printed or bought a new diary insert ... new goals and all that stuff and it's 'Oh I must go on a diet' 'I can't get in any of my clothes' ..... where did I put my waist band extender...

But what else did you do at New Year.....???

Yes, you suddenly grabbed those nice new 2018 diary inserts that you have had since August. Clicked open your Filofax rings.... using both the tabs of course (yes Steve...always!!) and then you slotted in the whole 12 months in one go.

Then you tried and close the rings... using both hands (yes Steve is there any other way!!) and then there was a problem... your Filofax had now 'bulked up' like a Michelin Man....

Time to put your Filofax on a diet too.... here are some pro tips...
  1. Don't put in all of your diary insert, only put in as much as you need.. 3, 4, 6 months at a time. 
  2. Supplement your diary insert with a Year Planner for the more distant events and appointments. 
  3. Archive previous months as they pass.
  4. Don't carry lots and lots of spare pages, only enough for the time you will be away from your stash of inserts and goodies.
  5. How many sheets of stickers and sticky notes do you really need to carry? 
  6. Do you really need to carry maps and tube maps when you have no intention of going on the tube for several weeks?
  7. Do an annual or bi-annual review of all the pages you are carrying, check the names and addresses pages too. 
So, you have done all of that (nodding.... yes Steve...) But how much is too much in a Filofax? 

Good question... I investigated this in some detail a few years ago. Basically between 4-6 mm less than the internal ring diameter.

As a simple guide though, if you open your Filofax with all the pages to one side and you can just see the join in the rings, then you are most probably ok.

Any more than that and you will start to have problems turning pages. If you are seeing the inside edge of the paper getting folded and creased that is another sign that you have too much paper in your Filofax.

The problem is that the paper that ends up on the inside of the rings tries to force the rings open if there is too much of it. This is not likely to happen on a normal Personal size organiser, but on a Slimline with the small rings I have had this happen my self. They don't require as much effort to open those small rings compared to the 23-25mm rings.

If you are using Personal size, then remember you have quite a range of ring sizes from 11 mm in a Slimline to 30 mm in a Personal to choose from for however many pages you want to carry.

So don't be afraid about those 'other' unused Personal size organisers in the cupboard you can use them at other times of the year as you need to expand and contract your set up....

Oh and Mr Malden above has been relieved of all those excess pounds... sorry pages after the photo was taken!