25 September 2016

Reader Under the Spotlight. - Natasha

Today I would like to introduce you to Natasha

As a longtime reader of this blog I am looking out every day for a new post. They are not only interesting, I also learn a thing or two from all the tips & tricks kindly shared on Philofaxy (not to mention the free diary inserts).

So, time to return something to the blog and participate in the Reader Under the Spotlight series. I am Natasha, I come from the Netherlands, I am 46 years old, married, and mother of a 19 year old son. I am working as a assistant shop-manager in a small chain of shops. In my spare time I am studying Management Science. I like reading, writing, cooking, baking and gardening.

1. When did you buy your first organiser and what was it?

It was unavoidable that I would buy an organiser one day! Both my parents did use an organiser, my mother was very fond of her navy blue Succes mini as her diary and to store here address book. My father used all of his working life a Succes junior. Somehow it occurred to me that when you are grow up, you will have an organiser! My first diaries were the usual school diary with pictures of popstars and the like (I heavily decorated my pages, using only 6 fineliners and scissors to make it look more ‘interesting’, no one had ever heard of washi in those days). At 17, so about 1987, I bought my first non-brand organiser. It was a black, faux-leather Personal size one and I felt really grown up with it. It lasted over a decade; I used it daily for about ten years and then passed it on to my husband who used it for another 10 years. Then it fell completly apart. Remarkably: it only costed about €10

2. Out of the organisers you own which is your current favourite (Style and Size)?

After having my son I was a couple of years a stay-at-home-mum and in those days a small bound diary was enough. When I started working again, my first purchase was a blue Filofax Pimlico in Pocket size. I used the Pocket size for many years but finally out grown it (although it took me a long time to realise that it was the size what didn’t fit anymore, not the insert/pocket configuration/binder).

The last five years I have settled on the Personal size again and the only swapping is from Compact to Personal and back when needed. Out of the binders I own, my trusty brown Holborn is my favourite.

3. How many Filofax or other brands of organisers do you own?
  • Pocket/Junior size: FF Pimlico Blue, FF Baroque Black, Succes DeLuxe Brown, Succes Excellence Brown (limited edition); 
  • A5: Succes Tokyo Black; 
  • Personal/Standard size: Succes Excellence Light Brown (limited edition), VDS Touch Me Black, FF Holborn Brown, FF Original Pillarbox Red; 
  • Compact size: FF Calypso Black, FF Charleston Purple. 
  • And to make it complete: from Gillio Firenze a Giramondo in Green, a Giramondo XL in Purple and two Giramondos XS, one in Gold and one in Grey. 
  • I also have a FF Clipbook in red.

4. What do you use your organisers for?

I have several organizers in use with all a different function. My main binder is at the moment the Holborn. The Compact Charleston is in use to keep track of my study, the Compact Calypso is used as my travel binder. All of the Giramondo’s are also in use: the Green houses several journals, the XL Purple is for all my study notes, the XS Gold is my wallet and the XS Grey is my journal on the go.

The Clipbook is in use as the house binder, and to track everything financial in our household.

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

In the long run, I found the classic Filofax sections (diary / notes / projects / information / financial / addresses) are actually pretty accurate to stay organised.

My diary section is a cotton cream W1P, which I interleave with cotton cream lined paper. I’m using the W1P+notes format (as found in for example Moleskine diaries) for over ten years, as my number of tasks are way more than appointments.

This diary format is available in the normal FF paper but I like the cotton cream paper better, so this is my solution to have the diary on the paper I like. Because it wasn’t designed this way the diary page and notes page switch from left to right and back but that doesn’t bother me. Another plus: in very busy periods I simply add more lined paper in between the weeks.

The notes section = for notes, the projects section is for all the running things that are not completed, currently: team schedule, study schedule, lists for December: presents to buy (each person has his own list, to keep the number of presents even), menu ideas, list for christmas cards to be send. When something new pops up and can’t be finished in a few hours, I make it a project and give it it’s own coloured paper.

The information section contains the school holidays for 2016-2017, a world map and a A-Z index were completed but still regularly consulted projects are filled.

Behind finance I have two envelops, one for travel and one for personal expenses (from mylifeallinoneplace.com), a cash form and a sheet where I keep track of the grocery expenses.

I keep a full address book on paper, writing the address on a postcard (which I do a lot) is a lot easier when you take the address from paper instead of a phone screen that continually turns in stand bye modus…

6. If you could design your own Filofax what would it feature?

Although the Holborn, with a ton pockets, is my favourite binder I started to like the simplicity of the Original. I don’t need all those cardslots in particulair, I would leave them out of the design. And the big back pocket on the VDS Touch Me sounded very practical but I barely use it. I can see the benefits, but simply didn’t develop the habit to remeber that I have one to store things. Or worse: to remember that I put it there!

7. What's your favourite Filofax tip or hack?

Using the A-Z index as a file register made a lot of difference in the way I setup and use my organiser. I have a lot of information that I need to reference regularly and in this way I find it quickly without cluttering up the running, not completed projects.

8. Have you ever attended a Philofaxy meet-up? if not do you intend to one day?

I would love to go to a meet-up, Philofaxy, Gillio or VDS! Gillio and VDS are meet-ups within my reach, however they are usually held on a Saturday, understandable, but for me it is a lot of fuzz to have a day off on Saturday (it is a normal, and perhaps the most important workday in a shop). I still hope that I can make it to a meet-up one day.

9. What was the last movie you watched?

To be honiest: I’m not such a moviewatcher.

10. What was the last book you read?

The Neapolitan Novels from Elena Ferrante. Highly recommended, read them all during my holiday!

Thank you Natasha

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

24 September 2016

Web Finds - 24 September 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 - 17 September 2016
  2. Guest Post - Lesser Known Filofax – Burlington - Alan
  3. Gillio announce new colours in their organisers - A6
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 294
  5. Web Finds - 20 September 2016
  6. Downsizing to the NEW Filofax Lockwood Pocket Slim - Part 1 Guest Post by Tim
  7. The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 30
  8. Free For All Friday No. 410 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. Back in the Gillio Medium Compagna - Seaweed Kisses
  2. Webster's Pages Color Crush Planner in A5 Floral - TheVelvetFilo
  3. Keep it simple planning - part 1 - My Filofax Blog
  4. Confessions Of A Plannerholic: Autumn Planner Set-up - The Stationery Geekette
  5. Como estou me organizando - meu Planner Peace - Casinha de taipa
  6. Totally Off My Game - Antonisha Plans
  7. New colours in our A6 Compagnas - Blog | Gillio
  8. My filofax allegiance has changed. Here’s why. - Mademoiselle
  9. 5 Reasons Why You Must Capture Any and All Contact Information - Time Management Ninja
  10. Time management Monday: How to be productive with fragmented time - Quo Vadis Blog
  11. My College Planner and Set-Up - The Stationery Geekette
  12. Keep it simple planning - part 2 - My Filofax Blog
  13. Planejamento semanal - Casinha de taipa
  14. Wouldn’t it be great… - Getting Things Done®
  15. Measurements? - Quo Vadis Blog
  16. Always working! - This Bug's Life
  17. Gillio Compagna Medium Light Blue/Yale Blue more pics - La Bottega di Melany
  18. Functional Planning Can Be Pretty Planning - Antonisha Plans
  19. A New Week on One Page Insert - Planner Fun Plus
  20. Colorful Ways to Keep Up with a Planner - My Purpley Life
  21. FFF 9 - My Filofax Blog
  22. Come ho organizzato la filofax dots denim formato pocket - Lucy-Wonderland
  23. Confessions of a planner addict: Autumn set up - a ska loving geek
  24. Tickled Pink - Filofax Blog
  25. How to Find the Best Planner for Your Purse? - Strange & Charmed
  26. Fall Planning Review - The Organizeaholic
  27. How I Plan: Meal Planning Process - Antonisha Plans
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  • 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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23 September 2016

Free For All Friday No. 410 by Nan

Filofax organizers come in a few standard sizes: A4, A5, Personal (and Compact, which is Personal size paper in a smaller ring size), Pocket, and Mini. There are also some discontinued sizes, such as Deskfax (which had 9 holes) and M2 (a really mini size with only 3 holes).

I recently saw a friend who loves the Deskfax size and collects vintage binders. The Deskfax paper size is actually B5, which he orders from Japanese paper suppliers.

Some people love A6 paper, which is very hard to get in North America but common among European and Japanese manufacturers. On the other hand, if you love the Franklin Covey brand and live in Europe, you have to deal with 8.5x11 paper, which is just a little shorter and wider than A4.

Are you one of those outliers? How do you get your hands on paper and organizers in sizes that aren't sold in your country?

Something to ponder as you enjoy the weekend!

22 September 2016

The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 30

Form Following Function

So you have decided on the size of your planner, but how do you decide what other features your planner needs.

When we talk about planners in this episode we aren't just referring to ring bound planners because other forms of planners can also have various storage options in their covers as well. 

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 - Size decided, what next.
02:00 - Choosing what you need
03:00 - Be aware of the design rules on certain sizes.
04:30 - If you could design a Custom Planner what would you include?
06:00 - Do you use separate wallet?
07:00 - Finding the perfect bag
08:00 - Create a priority order of features you need.
09:00 - Which planner is the planner.
10:00 - At what point did you make the decision when seeing something.
11:00 - Filofax Heritage A5
12:00 - Remember what is it you are going to use.
13:00 - How much do you really need to carry
15:15 - The extremes of designs
16:15 - The context of use influences the designs
17:45 - Organiser as a wallet - Video
18:00 - Steve's coin holder/pocket
19:00 - What else do you need to carry
20:15 - Where do you carry your mobile phone
22:45 - Do you want to carry a small tablet/electronic reader
24:30 - Having your planner with you and using it is the most important thing.
28:00 - Tips of the week

Episode 30 - Form Following Function 

A direct download is also available here: Episode30.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)
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Previous Episodes:

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

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