28 June 2017

Tell us about...... 13

A-Z index tabs are traditionally used for separating your address pages. What else do you use them for?

Tell us in the comments below.

27 June 2017

Web Finds - 27 June 2017

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.

Meanwhile here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Van Der Spek (VDS) unboxing - 2 junior nomads (incl real ostrich bi-colour) & 1 junior organizer - Stationery Love
  2. Gillio Art Edition 2017 - Isabelle Nati
  3. Pocket Finsbury Filofax in Raspberry. Beginning set up. - Mermaid Kitty
  4. Filofax Personal Set up - Kandice Wright
  5. Filofax Unboxing! Pocket-sized Black Saffiano & Popsocket - CIAO IT'S DANIELLE
  6. Filofax Tip No 18 Book Light for the Filofax The Australian Way - Quincy Sankoff
  7. PWM Pocket size Filofax Planner...and some news - Robin's Nest
  8. My Personal Filofax and Pocket Filofax planner organizational system - Juli's Sugar Pie Cottage
  9. Filofax Personal Compact Saffiano - Unboxing - Seaweed Kisses
  10. Filofax Pocket Saffiano Update! - CIAO IT'S DANIELLE
  11. Filofax Soft Domino Personal Size in Pale Pink Setup - Mama Row
  12. FILOFAX DEKO KW 22 | nautic flair | timelapse - dekoRIAt
  13. Filofax Personal Wochendeko KW 23 - Frau Anne
  14. [Filofax-Timelapse] KW 26/17: Research Diary - YasminLowe
  15. Filofax Set Up ft May Planner Society Kit + HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT - TheGLOSSette
  16. A5 Filofax Plan With Me June 26th, Ft. Wild Summer Designs Part 1 - Nichelle Davis
  17. July 2017 Filofax Black Malden Setup featuring DIYFish inserts - One Fantastic Find!
  18. +++Plan with me ++ Filofax ++ KW 27 2017 +++ - Do what you Love
  19. PLAN WITH ME | A5/Large kikki.K Planner | PLANNING AND A CUPPA - ms.paperlover
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My Week Posts
  1. Plan with me || Donut - Karen's Obsessions
  2. My week #271 - Paper Lovestory
  3. Plan with me || Gym Life - Karen's Obsessions
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Free For All Tuesday No. 334

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.

26 June 2017

The Perfect Organiser - Part 3 [Design]

The design of your organiser is a very important thing. If you are buying a custom designed organiser from Van der Spek, then you have a large range of options to choose from. Other manufacturers give you a fixed design with no options to customise so you are left to hunt around for the perfect design for your own requirements. Hopefully this post will help you decide which is the best for you.

If you have never designed your own organiser or planner before then number of configurations are endless, but there are a few design rules you have to apply. Some of the terminology used might be new to you as well.

Let us show a variety of design features and try and de-mystify the terminology, sorting out your slip pockets from your secretarial pockets, and how many variations can there be of credit card pockets?

Read on, this going to be fairly picture heavy.


25 June 2017

Second Thousand A5 organiser

Second Thousand is an old brand name/trade name of Van der Spek in the Netherlands. I'm told it dates from around about 2007. I was given this A5 when I visited the factory for the first time with Janet Carr back in October 2014.

From the outside it looks a fairly modest organiser, but it has the classic design cues of being a Van der Spek, remember the company was established in 1926 so some things are well established in their design heritage.


On the rear cover at the base is the trade mark embossed in to the cover. The leather as you can see is nicely gained and is soft and supple.


The interior layout reveals a huge array of pockets. On the left hand side inside cover there are 8 credit card slots plus a business card slot at the foot. There are three vertical slip pockets, one behind the credit card slots, an intermediate one and the inner one with a diagonal profile.

This is mirrored on the opposite side with another three vertical slip pockets. There is also an additional deep card pocket as well as all leather pen loop tucked in behind the generous size clasp.


The rings in this particular example are 35mm Koloman Handler rings, Koloman Handler is another brand name of the modern day Krause rings company. So they are excellent quality and I've not had any issues with them in the last 2-3 years I've used this organiser.


The covers of the organiser do have stiffener between the layers of leather, but that doesn't mean it is not supple and it can do this sort of organiser gymnastics! With light pressure the edges of the covers will touch, but for the ease of being able to take the photo I used the clasp!

This is the equivalent of putting your hands behind your back and touching your finger tips together.

I tried the same 'floor exercise' with a Filofax Malden A5, it can do it to the same extent, but it's no were near as supple at the hinge point at the spine/cover junction as this Second Thousand organiser is!


Janet has a lovely blue leather version of this organiser, read her blog post from 2014 here.

After taking the photos for this post I moved back in to this organiser from the newer A5 Custom I showed you last week.

I can see now why I like this one so much, it might not have a zip pocket, but it makes up for it with a whole host of other slip pockets which allow you to store papers easily and without any confusion as to what is in what pocket. I really like it. It is tough as well, it doesn't mark or show scratches.

The current day Touch Me range have added to this design, whilst retaining all the good things about the older design.

24 June 2017

Web Finds - 24 June 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 - 17 June 2017
  2. Van der Spek A5 Manager - 3 years on.
  3. The Perfect Organiser - Part 1 [Rings]
  4. Free For All Tuesday No. 333
  5. Web Finds - 20 June 2017
  6. Tell us about...... 12
  7. The Perfect Organiser - Part 2 (Inserts and Pens)
  8. Free for All Friday No. 449 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. Issue 6 is Here! - Paper Planning Magazine
  2. When you just want to do anything to help… #GrenfellTowerFire - Dodevoted
  3. New item: Printable Summery Hawaii Dividers! - Filofax Love
  4. 5 Fun Ways to Have an Amazing Summer - Day Designer
  5. New charms on black Touch Me junior/pocket binder - This Bug's Life
  6. How To Create Goals & Stick To Them - Life of Kitty
  7. One Book… All Year?! - Paper Planning Magazine
  8. Brand new Filofax Pen Holders - The Filofaxist 
  9. New Arrivals! Calendars, Planners, and Accessories - Day Designer
  10. The Pen and Paper, Cardiff - aumsome
  11. Functional Planning: Bullet Journal Time Tracking Review - HeartMindedWork
  12. In Praise Of Slow Living: The Modern Human’s Guide To Navigating Life With A Planner  - Paper Planning Magazine
  13. Why Capturing Contact Information Makes You More Productive - Time Management Ninja
  14. Franklin Covey Blooms Inserts - Tales From A Polk County Girl
  15. Speaker's Corner Saturday - 388 - Filomaniac
  16. Scotcon - Planner Event - Mrs Brimbles
  17. Getting Your Daily Task List from To-Do to To-Done - Day Designer
  18. My planner Wishlist… - Mademoiselle
  19. Planner Sticker Unboxing/Review – TheMixMatchPlanner - UglyBugChats
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23 June 2017

Free for All Friday No. 449 by Nan

The beauty of Filofaxes is that they're completely customizable. They don't even come with an instruction manual to tell you how to use them.

What advice would you give when someone sees your Filofax and desperately asks for help getting organized? (Besides, of course, reading this blog, joining one of our many Facebook groups, or watching YouTube video.)

I would say, start with week-on-2-pages and a bunch of to-do pages and blank paper. Just dump everything in your brain in there, and then it will become clear whether you need to start using tabs or custom pages.

Of course, since it's Friday, feel free to make any organizer-related conversation you wish!

22 June 2017

The Perfect Organiser - Part 2 (Inserts and Pens)



Inserts

A perfect organiser isn't complete without inserts? Inserts that are right for your needs. Inserts printed on paper that work with your choice of pen or pencil.

Naturally I would say that Philofaxy has the perfect inserts for most peoples needs, but that might be a bit over ambitious. Yes of course I use them myself, but I do recognise that they aren't for everyone and we know some people don't like the printing themselves routine.

So putting the Philofaxy option to one side for a moment what other options are there? Surprisingly quite a lot of options these days, more so I would say than a few years ago. Paper planning is alive and well.
So there are a lot of options out there, but how do you pick the right one for you? Trail and error mainly, hopefully not too much of the later!

I always recommend getting some sheets of blank paper and cutting them to the size you wish to use (Personal, Pocket, A5 or whatever) and try out different hand drawn layouts for daily, weekly etc formats. Populate the pages with a typical weeks worth of tasks and activities and see how full or empty a typical week or day is. You might need to do this a few times until you find the optimum layout.

Then go looking for a similar layout in that size. You will find testing things out with plain paper first will save you a lot of wasted money/paper.

If you don't find the perfect insert first time around, try not to jump to something else until you have worked out exactly what doesn't work on the current layout after 2-3 weeks, give it time. No two weeks are the same so the 'loading' on your planner/diary might be very different from one week to the next.

Pens

Pens or writing instruments of some sort naturally are linked to inserts. The two have to be able to work together in terms of ink on the paper. If possible try to get a sample of the paper that is the same as the inserts to test out your pen of choice on.

If you are printing your own inserts, some stationery stores sometimes offer paper sample packs with one or two sheets of the different papers they stock. These can be useful to test out if fountain pen or gel ink soaks in to the paper too much or just sits on the surface and takes longer to dry.

Also remember to test or check that your preferred pen will fit the pen loop on your organiser. Some on-line stores give an indication of the diameter of the various pens, this is useful for organisers without elasticated pen loops. 

21 June 2017

Tell us about...... 12

All organisers have certain design features such as:
  • Big rings or small rings
  • Full back pocket
  • Lots of credit card slots
  • 2nd pen loop
  • Zip pocket
  • Secretarial pockets
  • Zip closure or Clasp closure
  • Notepad slot
  • Outside pocket
  • Flyleaf
The list goes on and on, there are more I've possibly missed out! 

We all have a top three in our list I would think if we are looking at swapping in to another organiser or buying a new one. 

What are the top three 'must have' features for you? 


Tell us in the comments below.

20 June 2017

Web Finds - 20 June 2017

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.

Meanwhile here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Personal planner setup June 2017 - lindsey dent
  2. Filofax Wochendeko - Lija
  3. Bullet Journal Style Plan with Me in A5 Filofax Insert 38-Watermelon theme - MichelkinDesigns
  4. Filofax Setup (german) - Michael Pete
  5. PLAN WITH ME | A5 / Large kikki.K Planner | BEACH - ms.paperlover
  6. Filofax mini Set up + Meine Filofaxlisten | Maaxty4 - Maaxty4
  7. Как я НЕ использую ежедневник органайзер Filofax Domino Personal Red - Миллион Блокнотов
  8. Exciting Updates! Filofax, Law School, & Giveaway Items! - CIAO IT'S DANIELLE
  9. UK Filofax Pocket H Plan With Me No.3 - Unicorn Themed - Featuring PuppersAndFloofs Stickers - Imogen aka missimoinsane
  10. PLAN WITH ME (and announcement!) | Personal Size | Mermaids - ms.paperlover
  11. Filofax Geometric Personal: La mia Agenda #7 - MittyGuasco
  12. Filofax Wochendeko Journaling | Urlaub an der Küste | Travel Journal | planenaufpapier - planenaufpapier
  13. Was ist ein Filofax? - Shelby's Beauty & Fashion Lifestyle
  14. Plan with me Filofax Malden Pocket size - Natalia Bassan
  15. Planner Comparison: Pocket Size Filofax - Nackie
  16. What's in my Filofax Compact Pennybridge - maryannemoll
  17. Filofax Nappa - Unboxing and Setup - Teach_and_ Plan
  18. A5 Filofax Plan With Me June 19, Ft. Little Miss Paperie Part 1 - Nichelle Davis
  19. FILOFAX DEKO KW 20 | bamboo summer | timelapse - dekoRIAt
  20. Gillio Slim Appunto -/Mia - rant - Chrissie`s Universe
  21. My Gillio black red - Isabelle Nati
  22. Quick Gillio Update and TN Flip! - Mady L
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My Week Posts
  1. My week #270 - Paper Lovestory
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Free For All Tuesday No. 333

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.

19 June 2017

The Perfect Organiser - Part 1 [Rings]

There are many factors that go together to make a 'Perfect Organiser' so I thought I would break this down in to easy to read bite size chunks and write it as a mini series of posts.

Yes this is my own point of view, your thoughts might be different! But please do comment if you have other thoughts to add on each post.

Rings

Let's start with rings... as you might know it's a topic dear to my heart!!!

The rings in an organiser vary in quality from cheap non-branded ones that are riveted in to removable/replaceable Krause rings at the other end of the scale.

In cheaper organisers from companies such as Filofax, Paperchase etc the rings tend to be riveted in to the organiser. In some cases these might be replaceable where the rivets go through the spine of the organiser, but on other models they aren't so easy to change.

In the majority of cases you shouldn't have any issues with these rings in normal everyday use. Occasionally you might get some small gaps develop or it might even arrive with gaps in the rings.

Having seen a good number of people with ring gaps on this type of ring mechanism I devised my own method for 'curing' this issue, which you see described here.

However, if you take care in opening and closing the rings this type of mechanism shouldn't suffer any issues. I have many organisers in my collection with these type of rings and I've not had any issues over the years.

Any mechanism can suffer if the organiser is dropped off say a desktop on to a hard floor with a full set of inserts on the rings. So just be careful and you should be ok.

If you are buying an organiser in person be sure to inspect the rings and run the tips of your fingers over the join to check for any misalignment. Your fingers will feel the step much better than your eyes will.

Let's have a look at some different ring mechanisms (Dull Men should look away now!)

Riveted rings in a Filofax Malden
An older Filofax Sandhurst, branded Filofax rings which are removable
Unbranded removable rings in a Gillio organiser
Some tiny Krause rings 11mm fitted in a Pocket organiser
35mm Krause rings in my A5 Van der Spek
If your organiser has the removable type of ring mechanism you can of course upgrade them and fit Krause rings available from Van der Spek. However shipping can be expensive if you only want one set. It is best to get a small group order together to share the cost of shipping.

I've upgraded nearly all of my Gillio organisers with Krause rings, they seem to be better made than the ones supplied with their organisers.

Naturally if you have any questions about rings. Leave a comment below.

18 June 2017

Van der Spek A5 Manager - 3 years on.

I took my A5 Manager with me to the Van der Spek meet up last weekend. I have had it now for over 3 years, it arrived on 22 April 2014 (after checking the date in my journal).

It is made from Napa leather inside (6208) and outside (6202).

Here are the photos taken when I received it in April 2014.




Petra was quite surprised to see how shiny the outside had become and asked if I had put anything on the outside leather. No, nothing just been handled quite a bit. The outside appears to have got darker in colour, as you can see from the photos below, but this might just be the camera being fooled by the nap of the leather a little.

Here it is now.




Here are it is with some leather samples so you can see a slight difference.


It has not been in constant use for the last 3 years, I do occasionally swap in to other A5's. However, this has been my main A5 for a good proportion of the time. It did all of the USA/Canada trip in 2015 and has travelled with me on most other trips.

These days it serves as my reference organiser, always to hand on my desk with another smaller ringed A5 Van der Spek being used as my main planner.


You can discover more about my A5 Van der Spek organisers by going back through the following posts:


17 June 2017

Web Finds - 17 June 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 - 10 June 2017
  2. Silent Sunday
  3. Two Years Ago Today
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 332
  5. Web Finds - 13 June 2017
  6. Van der Spek Meet Up - June 2017
  7. Tell us about...... 11
  8. Free For All Friday No. 448 by Laurie
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. How Productive People Use Lists To Perform Better At Work - Day Designer
  2. Functional Planning: My planning needs for my FiloFax - HeartMindedWork
  3. VDS meetup | 2017 - Blog Vdsshop
  4. 5 Reasons Why Proactivity is Key to Productivity - Time Management Ninja
  5. 8 Activities to Make the Most of Memorial Day - FranklinPlannerTalk
  6. How to Pre-Plan for a Successful Month - Plannerholics
  7. My Planner Collection as of June 2017 - Lifeslittlecrafts
  8. Functional Planning: Getting Things Done combined with Bullet Journal - HeartMindedWork
  9. TMN TIP: Work While Others Are Sleeping - Time Management Ninja
  10. Why I’m Changing To A Paperchase Organiser From A Filofax… - Mademoiselle
  11. Top Planning Tips To Help You Design Your Days - Day Designer
  12. Planner Boredom vs. Consistency - The Weekend Wife
  13. Functional Planning: June Favorites - HeartMindedWork
  14. Speakers' Corner Saturday - 387 - Filomaniac
  15. B-day Planner Sale 50% OFF is ON + *very* important announcement about LTF printables - Lime Tree Fruits
  16. London Stationery Show - aumsome
  17. Filling in the gaps - a ska loving geek
  18. Save the Date! 2018 Daily Planner Launch - Day Designer
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16 June 2017

Free For All Friday No. 448 by Laurie

Summer is in full swing (for those of us in the Northern hemisphere), and some people switch binders this time of year. Some reasons to change to a different binder:

Brighten up: Switching out to a brighter, sunnier color or pattern.

Lighten up: Using a synthetic material binder instead of leather, and/ or changing to a binder with a smaller ring size.

Downsize: For some people, summer time is less busy than the rest of the year so they like to use a smaller page size in a smaller, more portable binder.

Travel: Often when traveling it makes sense to leave most of your day to day pages at home and only take with you what you will need for your trip, in a slimline binder.

Are you changing to a different binder this time of year?

And as always on Fridays, feel free to discuss anything ring-binder related. Have a great weekend!

15 June 2017

Tell us about...... 11

I don't suppose I'm alone in admitting that over the years I've used a variety of different pens in my organiser.

What about you?

What is your favourite pen or pencil that you use regularly in your organiser?

Tell us in the comments below.

14 June 2017

Van der Spek Meet Up - June 2017


This last week I spent a few days in Rotterdam visiting Van der Spek and at the weekend we had a meet up with a small group of people attending from various parts of Europe.

This was the third Van der Spek meet up that we have held. It was as enjoyable as all the rest, but I think we even improved on the previous ones. We kept more or less to the previous format, although I suspect we might look to change a few things next time around. 

On Friday night we met up in Rotterdam for a meal and a 'getting to know each other' evening. The weather was very kind so walking outside was very pleasant and the evenings are of course still very light. 

TL - Petra, TR L-R Max, Rose, Natasha, BL Max and Rose, BR L-R Anke, Karina, Max
L-R Max, Rose, Steve, Priscilla, Petra, Natasha

13 June 2017

Web Finds - 13 June 2017

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.

Meanwhile here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. How Van der Spek make an organiser - Philofaxy
  2. My Gillio black red - Isabelle Nati
  3. How I added eye candy to my binder! | Franklin Planner Tassel - Tonya Plans
  4. Planner Collection: Gillio, Van Der Spek and Midori Traveler's notebook (June 2017) - Katherine Shu
  5. PLAN WITH ME | A5 / Large kikki.K Planner | Sunrise, Sunset - ms.paperlover
  6. Bullet Journal Style Plan With Me 37 in Filofax Saffiano A5 Inserts - MichelkinDesigns
  7. Filofax Finsbury Pocket Size - Irene_PlansMe
  8. My Wallet / Planner set up. Filofax Vintage pocket planner, for on the go theplannersociet - Richard Parks
  9. June 2017 Malden and Bullet Journal - Plannerjules
  10. Nicely Aged Pocket Filofax Malden Ochre! - Seaweed Kisses
  11. FILOFAX PERSONAL/COMPACT SET-UP (Spring 2017) - TheGLOSSette
  12. Functional Plan With Me A5 Filofax 6/12/17 - 6/18/17 - PlansMeetPaper
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My Week Posts
  1. My week #269 - Paper Lovestory
  2. Plan With Me - Just Eclectically
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Free For All Tuesday - No. 332

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 June 2017

Two Years Ago Today

I'm not sure where the time has gone... but this was two years ago.

The New York Meet Up in June 2015 that I attended.

It was the start of our epic tour of the USA and Canada, spread over 7 weeks with 6 meet ups!!!

On the count of three.... check your phones !!
I'm sure by posting this there might be renewed interest in having another New York Meet Up?

10 June 2017

Web Finds - 10 June 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 - 3 June 2017
  2. Discount on Filofax Originals - Exclusive offer
  3. Personal Diary Insert - Month on One Page Plus Notes
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 331
  5. Web Finds - 6 June 2017
  6. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 58
  7. Tell us about...... 10
  8. Free For All Friday No. 447 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. White Filofax Portobello Personal Size - This Bug's Life
  2. Your planner is what you need and want it to be - vanilla folders
  3. Functional Planning: setting up my Teacher Planner 1 - HeartMindedWork
  4. What would your Ideal Plannner look like? - Plannerisms
  5. A5 Van Der Spek in Cognac Italian leather – 23 years old - This Bug's Life
  6. June Bullet Journal Set-up - Sam Simpson
  7. Functional Planning: The quest for new inserts - HeartMindedWork
  8. Beautiful gift part 2 - This Bug's Life
  9. 5 Tips For Creating Personal Development Lists - Day Designer
  10. Functional Planning: Plan Your Week - HeartMindedWork
  11. Goodbye Filofax! (A love letter of sorts….)  - Mademoiselle
  12. Passion Planner May 2017 Walk Thru - Tales From A Polk County Girl
  13. Rapid logging: quick tips - HeartMindedWork
  14. 10 Tough Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Goals - Time Management Ninja
  15. 86 Lists For The Planner Obsessed! - Day Designer
  16. Best of Both - Filofax Blog
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09 June 2017

Free For All Friday No. 447 by Anita

For quite some years now, my system has consisted of a personal for my GTD based set up, plus an A5 for planning projects and for making more extensive notes. Using two together like that was perfect for a long time, but then one day it just wasn't... I did a review, drew mind maps and tried all my usual methods, but couldn't figure out why. However, because it was so familiar, I doggedly carried on trying to use it but without much success. I bought another A5 Ascot, with the hope that a wonderful binder like that would somehow encourage and motivate me to use it. And with time, it became clear to me that I wasn't enjoying these repeated A5 failures and they certainly weren't helping me get stuff done. I sold the Ascot last year, gave away all my inserts and then breathed a sigh of relief! With hindsight, I now understand that my focus is so much on my personal that I just don't end up looking at the A5.

Have you recently changed your planning habits like this, or had an epiphany about something that needs changing?

And as always, it's Friday again so please feel to discuss anything ringbound related. Have a great weekend.

08 June 2017

Tell us about...... 10

One of the most frequent questions I see asked is about caring for the leather of your organiser/planner.

To clean/treat or not to clean? 

There have been people that have used hand creams on their organisers, this seems to have stopped after people noticed that there are additives in hand cream that aren't always good for leather products. 

Personally I prefer a natural beeswax type product, but used sparingly and not very often. 

So do you clean or treat your organiser or not? If you do what do you use? 

Tell us in the comments below. 

07 June 2017

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 58


Speeding up by slowing down 

Do we all work at the same pace? Should you try to work faster? There are benefits to working slower... find out more in this episode of the podcast.

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

Show Notes (timings approximate)
00:00 - Introduction
01:00 - In praise of slow living
03:20 - Working faster by going slower
05:15 - Start as you mean to go on
07:00 - Doing things in small bites
11:00 - Collecting information in your planner
12:00 - Avery or Filofax sheets for printing address lists... please
13:00 - Getting from A to B in doing a project
14:00 - Inactivity is not wasted time
16:00 - I don't know... not knowing the answer but knowing where to find the answer is more important
20:00 - Writing gives you time to think
21:00 - Fear of starting a new notebook
23:00 - Taking breaks are not wasted time
25:00 - Planning your work hours
27:00 - Take regular breaks
28:00 - Final thoughts

Episode 58 -  Speeding up by slowing down


A direct download is also available here: Episode58.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

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Previous Episodes:

2017

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
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