19 February 2018

Philofaxy Meet Ups

Back at the beginning of the year we announced two meet ups coming up in March. You will find the full details about each one here:
As usual we have had a reasonably good response to the announcements. This post is just a gentle reminder to those who might have missed the original posts or have forgotten to contact me to ask for their name to be added to the list of attendees. 

Numbers are less critical at the London venue, but we do need a precise number for the Bath meet up by the end of February so a table can be booked etc. 

I will be sending out an email to all of those people that have responded in the next day or two with some additional details etc. 

So please get in touch a.s.a.p. if you would like to attend either of the meet ups, I will have some goodies to bring along and give away....

I look forward to seeing you there. 

18 February 2018

Future Podcast Topics - Update

We have been steadily producing podcasts this last couple of years.

We are taking a slight pause in our busy schedules at the moment to come up with some new topics.

With more than sixty episodes to listen to there are plenty of topics that I hope you will enjoy.

As always we are interested to hear what you would like to hear us discuss.  Even if you would like us to revisit a topic and may be cover it from a slightly different angle we would be more than happy to do that. 

None of our recordings are scripted as such, we have a rough idea of some of the things we want to include but generally they are done straight 'off the cuff', it is a very relaxed style and I hope you enjoy listening to each episode. 

If you haven't discovered the Podcast yet, you can listen on line to each one using a variety of methods: 
I am in the process of setting up a new podcast feed so that iTunes holds more podcasts in the feed than it currently does. This will take a few weeks to set up but hopefully it will give a better service once set up.

So what topics would you like us to discuss in the coming weeks? Please leave a comment down below or email steve at philofaxy dot com. 

17 February 2018

Web Finds - 17 February 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 February 2018
  2. Experienced User - Kendra
  3. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 69
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 367
  5. Web Finds - 13 February 2018
  6. Can you identify this Filofax personal organiser?
  7. Using Outlook in conjunction with your organiser
  8. Free For All Friday No. 483 by Anita
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. 2 Winners of the VDS Dream Planner Contest! - Blog Vdsshop
  2. Using a ring binder for budgeting – Part 5 - This Bug's Life
  3. A special surprise for all the contestants of the VDS Dream Planner Contest - Blog Vdsshop
  4. Changing a Lose/Win Mentality to a Win/Win Mentality - FranklinPlannerTalk
  5. Using a ring planner to track your reading – Part 1 - This Bug's Life
  6. How to use Franklin Covey planner inserts - Olga plans!
  7. February 2018 Issue 9 Letter From the Editor - Paper Planning Magazine
  8. Using a ring planner to track your reading – Part 2 - This Bug's Life
  9. Take Care of the Big Things and the Little Things Will Fit Into Place - Time Management Ninja
  10. Time management Monday: The planner drought is coming - Quo Vadis Blog
  11. How to Have Nothing To Do - Karine Tovmassian - Paper Planning Magazine
  12. Filofax spotted in the wild: Soft Domino in Duck Egg Mint, personal size - This Bug's Life
  13. February 2018 Planner Setup - Kimberly Hysler Blog
  14. 6 Planning Hacks That Make Sure Things Get Accomplished - Day Designer
  15. Using a ring planner to track your reading – Part 3 - This Bug's Life
  16. Speakers‘ Corner Saturday - 422 - Filomaniac
  17. Happy Chinese Newyear! -8% discount sitewide  -Blog | Gillio
  18. Take Back Control Of Your Mindset With These Four Tips - Day Designer
  19. Using a ring planner to track your reading – Part 4 - This Bug's Life
  20. GTD and Information Overload - Getting Things Done
  21. Time Management Ninja Podcast #11 – Ten Reasons Why Confidence Leads to Success - Time Management Ninja 
  22. Using a ring planner to track your reading – Part 5 - This Bug's Life
  23. Oops, did it again! Tan/honey/camel colored, vintage Franklin... - Olga plans!
  24. EPISODE #38 – The Power of Outcome Thinking - Getting Things Done
  25. Using a ring organiser to plan your garden – Part 1 - This Bug's Life
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16 February 2018

Free For All Friday No. 483 by Anita

I admit that I'm not a great fan of winter and was diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder some years ago. Thankfully I'm able to keep most of the symptoms at bay through using a light lamp, getting outside and exercise etc. However, one main symptom that can affect my planning is lack of energy. Due to this, I've learnt that winter isn't a suitable time of year for me to start big projects or take on too much. Some times it's frustrating as I want to get on with things, but I know that it can be too easy for me to feel overwhelmed when I'm tired. Therefore, each autumn I look at my projects list and consider any tweaks that I need to make, e.g. postponing until the spring, or breaking something down further to make it easier to manage.

Do you do something similar in the winter, or for other health reasons?

Of course, since it's Friday, all ring-bound planner conversation is welcome!
Have a great weekend.

15 February 2018

Using Outlook in conjunction with your organiser

Microsoft Outlook has been around since the late 1990's, I think the earliest version I ever used was Outlook 97 which came with Office 97.

Outlook is intended to do the following:
  • Email
  • Calendars
  • Tasks
  • Contacts
  • Notes
How well it does all of these functions is a matter of opinion! I'm sure we have all had to deal with Outlook in our work life at some point. The last time I seriously used it was nearly 8 years ago and then it was the Windows version! I have the latest version on my Mac, but I've honestly not tried to use it.


In the past I've used it to create simple diary inserts! This was before Ray and I got together to do our magic. 

Looking at the list above it does seem to copy a lot of the functions you might be using your organiser for? I'm not going to try and convert you all in to abandoning your paper organisers.... hell no!!

However, I'm sure some people are almost forced in to using Outlook or a similar set up at work, but you still want to use your paper organiser/planner. Can you blend the two together? 

I watched this recent video by Joshua LaPorte, I know a lot of you follow his videos and they are excellent at exploring how we use our organisers.

If you haven't watched his latest video, please take time to do so. 


After watching this and thinking about how Josh is now blending Outlook with his Van der Spek organiser, it created this image in my head of Outlook being a fast moving Motorway / Freeway / Autoroute / Autobahn (use the appropriate phrase for your country!). With his organiser being the service stations along the route where he stops to collect his thoughts together at regular intervals.

The advantage of this way of using the two systems of course means his colleagues are kept in contact with his schedule and his other tasks and notes can come in and out electronically.

However, Josh sets aside times in his busy schedule to gather together his thoughts, tasks, appointments and brings them together in his paper organiser to keep himself focused. Some of us refer to these times as 'Planner planning', it is something we have mentioned on the podcast several times.

Planner Planning is something I do either late on a Sunday evening after I have finished my regular scheduled conference call on a Sunday evening or after I've had my breakfast on a Monday morning.

It is then I gather together any outstanding tasks and transfer them forward in to the current week. I also scan through the paper diary and the electronic calendar to make sure they are roughly in sync with each other.

It is normally new events on the electronic calendar that I need to make a note of on my paper diary insert and trip planner.

Then during the week I add things to my pages as they crop up or as I think of things that need doing.

I don't find this way of working too stressful or inconvenient, I feel in control and I'm less likely to overlook something or miss an appointment that way.

What about you?

14 February 2018

Can you identify this Filofax personal organiser?

I received an email from Gordon, who recently discovered Philofaxy.

He shared some photographs of his Filofax organiser that he recalls buying in 1987, but it doesn't have a name shown on it. He was asking if we could identify the model name at all.

I had a quick look at the 1987 catalogue and I think it's the vinyl version of the Filofax Buckingham bottom right in the scan below.


Here is Gordon's organiser.






Things to note about the design which might help with identifying the exact model:
  • It has metal corners which Gordon suggests have protected the cover during it's 30+ years!
  • The closure is a magnetic button not the usual popper. 
  • The ring mechanism is painted or powder coated. 
So do you recognise this Filofax model at all, please drop your thoughts in to the comments below.

The Wellington, seems to be the best fit from the description in the 1987 catalogue:


Thank you to Gordon for sharing the photos with us. 

13 February 2018

Web Finds - 13 February 2018

So I hope you have had a good weekend.

So now it is time to enjoy a great collection of blog posts and videos from around the internet.

Here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Planner update - filofax, van der spek custom - Joshua LaPorte
  2. Planner Flip Through: January 2018 - Brandy Michelle Plans
  3. UKPA The Big Meet 2018 - The Scrapbook Girl
  4. Franklin Covey Planner Setup - Venus Danielle
  5. Review | Van der Spek Touch Me - Jessica Torina // RubyDoobies
  6. Filofax Setup | Domin Soft DugEgg - x SweetPlannerLove x
  7. Planner Set Up | Feb 2018 | A5 Filofax | Kathy Tamburri - Kathy Tamburri
  8. BULLET JOURNAL x Filofax c'est plus facile - CHERRY NAIL ART - mode & beauté
  9. Filofax Domino Luxe & Croc: Personal & Pocket Распаковка - NewOrg2Day
  10. My 2018 Planner Set up / Filofax Malden in Ochre, FINCHLEY POCKET Caramel - Tiffy Butter
  11. La mia agenda filofax - Martina Centrulo
  12. DayTimer Malibu vs Filofax Malden (detailed comparison) - eyes2jesus
  13. Filofax Pocket Setup (Denim Dots) DEUTSCH - Jasmin Mayr
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My Week Posts
  1. Plan with me - Love month! - Mrs Brimbles
  2. Artline Monday - Valentines Day memory keeping - She's Eclectic
Enjoy.




Free For All Tuesday - No. 367

So what questions or discussion points have you got for us today?

It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or a more experienced user of organisers, we want to hear your thoughts, questions, opinions etc.

Make today the one day you post a comment or a question.

It is Tuesday after all so fire away.

12 February 2018

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 69


How to do nothing. 

Is there any harm in wanting to do nothing? Planning gaps in to your day for you to be able to relax and do something different.

Lose yourself in a good book or a podcast even!

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

Show Notes (timings approximate)
00:00 - Introductions.
01:00 - Planning to do nothing.
02:00 - Time Budget.
04:30 - Planning free time in to your week.
05:00 - Working when you are most productive.
06:00 - Downtime isn't wasted time.
10:00 - Keep a pen and pad handy during your free time.
12:00 - Mind Maps.
13:30 - Day dreaming.
14:45 - Collecting your thoughts after a meeting.
17:00 - Electronic vs Paper books.
19:00 - Plan to be able to take breaks
21:00 - Changes in career, use the downtime to research your new field of work.
24:00 - Having a different interest to divert your attention occasionally.
25:00 - What is inside is what matters with your planner.
28:00 - Work in Progress.

Steve's radio work bench, in the process of being tidied up.... honest! 

Episode 69 -  How to do nothing.


A direct download is also available here: Episode69.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:

2018

68 - Changes - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
67 - Tones versus Pulses - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf

2017

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

2016 

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

11 February 2018

Experienced User - Kendra

This week I would like to thank Kendra for sharing with us how she uses her organisers.

Hi! I'm Kendra. I'm a CFO and owner of a property management company in Southern California, and I spend a lot of time volunteering for the local and national apartment associations.

The time I have left over is occupied with sewing, knitting, photography, DJing, dancing...and, of course, using my planners to keep it all straight!

You can follow my planning adventures on Instagram  or on YouTube, where I post videos on functional planning.

1. When did you start using an organiser?

I've always loved organizers. Initially I used a Franklin Covey planner and system, then switched to mainly digital planning when we started our company in 2006.

In 2015, I rediscovered paper planners when I bought an Erin Condren spiral-bound planner and haven't looked back since. I now merge digital and analog so that it works for me, but my planning is mainly done on paper as I feel as if I think better when I'm putting my thoughts down with pen and paper.

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

I just used the calendar portion of the organizer for many years. Reading Getting Things Done by David Allen fairly soon after graduating from college opened my eyes to tracking tasks and a more finessed version of project planning.

In the last couple of years, I've become more interested in planning and goal setting based on my core values and my job description (mainly for work).

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

In my personal/home planner I used a daily page format that I created myself with a month spread as reference for major events.



For work, I recently switched to a bullet journal system. Previously, I found myself either wasting a page when I had mostly meetings or was traveling for work...or running out of room when I had a busy day and a lot of things to do.

The bullet journal solved that problem for me; I just pick up wherever I left off when I start the next day's schedule and task list.



I do keep work and personal separate as I prefer not to think about work when I'm at home, so I just leave the bullet journal at the office. (This was a hard-won battle as a business owner, but I'm much less stressed when I follow my rule.)

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

My personal/home planner sections are:
  • goals (vision board, master goals list, individual goals broken down)
  • calendar (monthly and daily pages)
  • to dos (tasks broken down by personal tasks and house tasks)
  • youtube (list of video ideas, video planning pages)
  • lists (current workout schedule, books to read, series/movies to watch, budget template, phone list for the office staff, pets insert). I also have a travel section for an upcoming trip, but that will be removed when the trip is over.
I also use a Momentum Planner for goal setting and project planning, which as it is letter sized, resides in its own disc-bound system.

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

For my personal planner, I use a combination of Getting Things Done for tasks, and Flylady for home routines. For my work planner, I use the bullet journal method.

For both, I use a modified Strikethru method for tracking tasks because I like the reference system (page number-dot-item number).

In the ring binder, they are loose-leaf pages that are numbered. In the bullet journal, I started the task list pages from the back of the notebook.

6. What routines and structures do you use?

I have daily and weekly routine tasks that form the structure or "hardscape" of my days. My house is broken down into zones for cleaning tasks or decluttering, the latter of which is one of my goals for the year.

I also have lists for periodic reviews of what I have going on as well as my planner and its contents so that everything stays up to date.

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

While I have many different binders and traveler's notebook covers that I have collected over the years, I have one main binder for my personal planning that I adore and use constantly, a custom Van Der Spek in Tortora croco and barbie nappa.

For work, I use an emerald Leuchtturm1917 notebook.




My favorite TN covers are from Chic Sparrow, especially the Outlander Time Traveler, which is a lovely deep blue.

When I get the urge to use a traveler's notebook, this is the one I reach for. In fact, I love it so much, I bought it in both pocket and personal sizes.


Thank you Kendra,

If you would like to take part in this series please email steve@philofaxy.com and mark your email 'Experienced Filofax User'

10 February 2018

Web Finds - 10 February 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 - 3 February 2018
  2. Philofaxy Round-Table
  3. Reader under the spotlight - Louise
  4. Guest Post - Functional planning thread on Facebook
  5. Free For All Tuesday - No. 366
  6. Web Finds - 6 February 2018
  7. Your Organiser and Your Profession? - Reader Question
  8. Van der Spek Release New Touch Me Organiser Colours
  9. Free for All Friday No. 482 by Steve
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. Using a ring organiser to manage a project – Part 3 - This Bug's Life
  2. Speakers‘ Corner Saturday - 421 - Filomaniac
  3. I love this second-hand, blood red, vintage Franklin Covey... - Olga plans!
  4. Using a ring organiser to manage a project – Part 4 - This Bug's Life
  5. Franklin Covey Classic A5 zip tan leather - The filofax
  6. 2018 Personal Planning Workshop: Now Online! - Day Designer
  7. Using a ring organiser to manage a project – Part 5 - This Bug's Life 
  8. Filofax Fieber ….. - Letters to the World
  9. The #1 Planning Mistake (Are You Making It?) - Day Designer
  10. Colour perception - This Bug's Life
  11. TMN TIP: Never Read Email Before Bed - Time Management Ninja
  12. Back to Black - The Official Filofax Blog
  13. Using a ring binder for budgeting – Part 1 - This Bug's Life
  14. Finding a Balance Between Short and Long-Term Plans - Day Designer
  15. Time management Monday: 5 minute breaks - Quo Vadis Blog
  16. Using a ring binder for budgeting – Part 2 - This Bug's Life 
  17. Time Management Ninja Podcast #10 – Ten Tips to Stop Forgetting the Tasks You Need to Do - Time Management Ninja
  18. Medium Compagna restocks in Fabulous February - Blog | Gillio
  19. Using a ring binder for budgeting – Part 3 - This Bug's Life
  20. How the Eisenhower Matrix can fix your Procrastination issues - Cody McLain
  21. Help?!: How to remove mold smell from a Planner? - A random English life
  22. Using a ring binder for budgeting – Part 4 - This Bug's Life
  • 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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09 February 2018

Free for All Friday No. 482 by Steve

We all lead fairly busy lives these days, including those of us that don't work or have retired.

How do you use your organiser to manage the changing demands on your time, the busy days with the normal days, the days when you might even have a few hours clear in the day?

Of course, since it's Friday, all ring-bound planner conversation is welcome!

08 February 2018

Van der Spek Release New Touch Me Organiser Colours Today

It seems like a long time since we chose the new Touch Me colours, but three new colours will be available on the Van der Spek website today from mid-day CET onwards.

The Touch Me Organisers come in:
  • Junior (Pocket) with 20mm rings and with full width back pocket;
  • Senior (A6) with 20 or 25mm rings, two pen loops and full width back pocket;
  • Standard (Personal) with 25 or 30mm rings, two pen loops and full width back pocket;
  • Manger A5 (A5) with 35mm rings, two pen loops and full width back pocket;
The three new colours shown below are: Bordeaux, Lilac and Turquoise. Two of the existing colours Noir (Black) and Tabac (light brown) continue as well and will be restocked at the same time.

L-R Noir, Bordeaux, Tabac, Lilac, Turquoise
Please note that there might be some minor colour variation and variation of the surface texture compared to these small scanned leather samples shown above.

The 3 colours that will be discontinued from the Touch Me collection are: Menthe, Gris Blue, and Blue de France, these will remain whilst stocks last, but be fast as they are disappearing quite quickly.



Zipped Pen Pouches are also available in the matching leather colours as well.



There is also the Van der Spek Nomad in the Touch Me range for those of you that also like using Travellers Notebook covers.


I personally think that the Touch Me range of products from Van der Spek represents excellent value for money, and I'm not being paid to say/write that!

The buffalo leather is very durable from a French tannery and the design of the organisers should suit most people. The Touch Me organisers all come fitted with Krause rings in decent sizes.

You can find the full Touch Me range on the Van der Spek website.



07 February 2018

Your Organiser and Your Profession? - Reader Question

This topic was suggested by Gaynor during the Philofaxy Round Table Skype chat last weekend. I thought it was a great discussion topic and wrote it down quickly!

The question she posed was 'Does your job/profession influence how you plan in your organiser?'

I thought about it for a moment and of course in some jobs I'm sure there will be an influence.

Teachers I would think would be more at home with diary inserts that mirror their academic year. I wonder if accountants would prefer ones that started and finished with the start and finish of the tax year?

Then there is the type of layouts people prefer, does a vertical layout work better for some jobs compared to a horizontal layout?

Let us have your thoughts in the comments below. But I would also be very pleased if any of you would like to submit a short guest post on how your profession influences how you use your organiser.

06 February 2018

Web Finds - 6 February 2018

So I hope you have had a good weekend.

So now it is time to enjoy a great collection of blog posts and videos from around the internet.

Here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. How I Use My Planner | January Overview - OATTblog
  2. UPDATED Filofax Pocket croc and Mini Haul - CraftyLCdesigns
  3. Quarterly/Annual Planning Update | Kendra Bork - Kendra Bork
  4. Filofax Set-Up: My Private Domino Soft A5 Planner - AennePlans - Aenne Plans
  5. Pocket filofax finsbury used as wallet and personal planner - Maria Rod
  6. DIY Filofax Tracker/ Lesezeichen - Lalalunia
  7. February Filofax Update | Black Personal Holborn - Sam Plans
  8. Time Blocking for Maximum Productivity - Girlboss Functional Planning 8 | Kendra Bork - Kendra Bork
  9. My 2018 Personal Filofax Malden Planner Set Up - craftymom24cs
  10. Filofax Malden personal ~ flip through - Eva Psarrou
  11. PWM Filofax Pocket Planner *Feb 5th to 11th* - Robin's Nest
  12. Filofax Malden Pocket Flip-Through 2018 - Little Miss Alaska 
  13. ~First Impressions: A5 Filofax Notebook~ - Kimmy Vera
  14. How I Process my Email To Inbox Zero - How I GTD, bonus video | Kendra Bork - Kendra Bork
  • 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. 
Enjoy.