16 January 2017

Guest Post - John Rocha A5 size Binder in Black - Anthony

Thank you to Anthony for sending in this short guest post on an organiser I'd not come across before, they have appeared in Debenhams in UK. 

Recently I was visited our local branch of Debenhams Store and to my surprise there was a display of John Rocha Binders in real leather.

There was a choice of black or brown. I inspected all of them paying close attention to the alignment of the rings, 30mm, most were good. The ring mechanism on most of the binders when using the tabs to open required a huge effort to open.

I finally settled on one in black. Inside there is a 2017 diary a week on two pages, followed by tabs: Yearly Planner, Notes, Reminders, Meetings an A to Z index pages at the rear.

The quality of the paper is very close to the Cotton Cream, the paper weight around 90gsm. At the front there are eight horizontal cards slots, a zipped vertical pocket with leather pull tab and beneath that a full size inner pocket.

There is no pen loop or Today Page Marker. There is a substantial 12mm wide elastic loop which keeps the binder in a closed position.

I have to admit after only a very short time I’d decided to buy and wondered why the binders were here in the store. There is of course a section of John Rocha fashion clothes the display was in this area.

The full price was £42.00 the sale price £12.00 needless to say I am delighted with my purchase.

Thank  you Anthony, these look very good value for money, especially being leather. 

15 January 2017

Experience User - Maria

This week I would like to thank Maria for sharing with us how she uses her organisers.
My name is Maria. I am a 39 year old librarian from Denmark.

1: When did you start using a organiser?

For many years I used the kind of spiralbound calendars you would get for free, but in 2007 I started using a Filofax.

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

I used to only record a couple of things: homework/working hours, a few to-dos and small notes if something special happened.

From 2007-2011 I used my mini Lyndhurst, always with a week per view or week per page. I carried a whole year of inserts and I only used my Filofax for my private life and just noting down my work schedule.

In 2012 I bought a plastic Hello! Project organiser in pocket size, and from them on I started exploring the Filofax world, including different sizes, systems and diary formats. … and of course multipens, sticky notes, washi, you name it.

I used my Nokia E71 for work to-dos, but as my work became more complex, keeping my work to-dos in my phone became too crowded and I started using my Filofax for work as well.

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

After I combined my work and private life in my Filofax I found daily pages works best for me. I only use daily pages with a timetable. I block out meetings and appointments on the left side of the page for a better overview of how much time I have for my to-dos. On the right side of the page I write my to dos. I also use monthly pages, but I have a special use for them.

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

I use Filofax month on two pages as a record of the year. I write down my actual working hours to the left and any events I want to remember in the little squares. I have to use a 0.3 to write in the monthly pages, 0.4 is too big. I only keep these monthly pages as I trash my daily pages after a month.

I also keep my health tracker, a few pages with work info, my goals, my yearly tracker and my zone-cleaning schedule in my Filofax. I draw out my trackers on pocket sized 3 mm squared paper I have cut down to mini size.

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

After discovering DIYfish I have been using the same system with minor tweaks. I print my DIYfish simple daily layout v5s3 at 85 % on 70gsm paper and it fits perfectly in my mini. I use a Hi Tec C Slims and write down work in black, private in red. Completed to-do is crossed out in black, transferred to-do in red.

I only keep 3 months of daily pages in my Filofax. For future planning I either use DIYfish monthly foldout pages or post-its on a dashboard. For long time planning I use a DIYfish resized One Year Calendar A6 where I write birthdays, holidays and to-do only occurring once or twice per year. It doesn't matter if I am in a pocket or a mini, it is the same system I am using.

6: What routines and structures do you use?

Every night I write :) or :( in my health tracker. Saturday or Sunday I prepare for the next week.

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

I only use one at a time, but I own many. I have several favourites: my Pocket Luxe Ebony and my Ochre Maldens in mini and pocket, but for a long time – it is all relative, but 7 months is a long time for me – I have been using a mini. Most of the time I have been using my Guildford Extra Slim. I find that if I am not using my Filofax enough, changing the binder helps weeding out unnecessary stuff and making a fresh start.

Thank you Maria,

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14 January 2017

Web Finds - 14 January 2017

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 - 7 January 2017
  2. Reader Under The Spotlight - Graham
  3. Back in red (my wine personal Holborn) - by Anita
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No 310
  5. Web Finds - 10 January 2017
  6. Cycles of buying and selling - by Anita
  7. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 45
  8. Free For All Friday - No 426
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. My 2017 Planner Setup - Polkadotparadiso
  2. REAL CROCO leather – manager A5 with 35mm rings - Blog Vdsshop
  3. THE FILOFAX REVIVAL - Letters in November
  4. Planner: Currently Using - A random English life
  5. Planner Overview 2016 and Planner Aims for 2017 - Life with my Planners
  6. Neuheiten 2017 (1): Patterns - Filomaniac
  7. Planning The Year - Through The Keyhole
  8. My favourites - 2016 - She's Eclectic
  9. Inspirational Planner Dividers - Mrs Brimbles
  10. How to Plan Efficiently : 1 : Getting Started - Ugly Bug Plans
  11. 2017 PLANNERS (UPDATED) - Letters in November
  12. 2017 Planner Set Up - So Joey Creates
  13. Other Inserts – Information - Life with my Planners
  14. Time management Monday: Setting achievable goals - Quo Vadis Blog
  15. 2017 Planners - Spiral Findings
  16. 4 Reasons to Review Your 2016 Planner - FranklinPlannerTalk
  17. Fiercely Functional Filofax Setup for 2017 - My Filofax Blog
  18. In with the New - Filofax Blog
  19. Why do we make lists? - BBC World Service
  20. Neuheiten 2017 (2): Neue Farben - Filomaniac
  21. Collections in my Planner: A Lifetime of Movies - A random English life
  22. Colour Me Happy - Filofax Blog
  23. Passion Planner Set Up - Tales From A Polk County Girl
  24. Drop everything. This is your year!! Seriously….. - Lime Tree Fruits
  25. Using stamps in your planner - Mrs Brimbles
  26. Stationery Loves – Inserts - Life with my Planners
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13 January 2017

Free For All Friday - No 426

I can remember the first time I read this post by Nan from May 2007 (nearly 10 years ago!!) and thinking that is sound advice. I will remember that in future.

As the title indicates 'Cooling-off period' applies to your planner set up in the same way to any other change you make in your regular daily routines.

Don't make too many changes at once if you are going to evaluate to see if they make a difference or not.

And my point in repeating this mantra today is because it is this time of year when people get tempted to change too many things in their planner set up and it can go horribly wrong within a few weeks of changing....

So have you changed your set up for 2017?

However, as this is a Friday, you can of course discuss anything Filofax or Ring bound organiser related.
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