13 February 2016

Web Finds - 13 February 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. Readers Favourite Organiser - Dianne
  2. Krause Rings
  3. Free For All Tuesday No. 262
  4. Web Finds - 9 February 2016
  5. Finding an old friend
  6. Van der Spek Meet Up - June 2016
  7. Free For All Friday No. 378
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. Making filofax inserts out of journaling cards - The Fabulous Planner
  2. Simple Week on 1 Page with To Do List [printable] - Planner Fun
  3. NEW IN - Heidi's Little Planner
  4. Planner abbreviations and acronyms - This Bug's Life
  5. The Parts of a Simplified Daily Plan - Giftie Etcetera
  6. Filofax Domino Unboxing - Queen Bea Glamour
  7. Monthly Planning: How I plan my month in my Filofax - So This Is What
  8. Project Planning The GTD Way - The Stationery Geekette 
  9. Filofax: To Daily or not to Daily?! - A Random English Life
  10. Paperchase Red Embossed Planner - Stationery Starlet
  11. Must have planning accessories - Heidi's Little Planner
  12. February 2016 Update - Planning with Printed Portal
  13. Reader Request: Resize WO1P to Personal Size [printable] - Planner Fun
  14. The route for stationery lovers in Boston, MA (USA) - The Fabulous Planner
  15. Free Planner Printable - Graph and Lined Paper - Giftie Etcetera
  16. Comparing Raika 6-ring planner vs. Day-Timer Personal Size Malibu - Tales of a Polk County Girl
  17. Mulberry Double Binder in Black - This Bug's Life
  18. Das 10. Meet up in Nürnberg oder: Die Kunst des Washi-Wickelns - Filomaniac
  19. Letts turns the page on losses - Herald Scotland
  20. Filofax maker turns over new leaf as profits return - The Times (Subscription)
  21. Five ideas to make a planner work for you - The Fabulous Planner
  22. Wishlist: Filofax A5 Holborn Zip in Wine - Kel & Filofax
  23. Homeschool Lesson Planning on Two-Page-per-Day Planner Refills - Giftie Etcetera
  24. Why you should plan - My Planner Obsession
  25. CUTE Korean Planner to use in Filofax-My New Video - My Summer Touch
  26. Crafty Arty Planning - Mrs Brimbles
  27. Ideas for Inserts or What Can I Put In My Planner? [Part 1] - Planner Fun
  28. Valentines Dashboard - Stationery Starlet
  29. Let’s talk Tabs - The Fabulous Planner
  31. New to Me: Filofax Malden Pocket–Aqua - Tales From A Polk County Girl
  32. Using a Pocket Filofax as a Wallet - The Organizeaholic 
  33. #unmoisdeplanner Semaine 1 - Accro à l'Organisation 
  34. My love-hate relationship with my planner - From Chaos to Order
  35. Post-it-ok helyes használata - Filofax Ni
  36. 5 Reasons You Do Have Time to Plan Your Day - Time Management Ninja
  37. Make it Monday // Easy Planner Paperclips from Stickers - Five Sixteenths Blog
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We are on the look out for more people to take part in Reader Under the Spotlight. If you would like to appear in this feature then please contact Steve : philofaxy at gmail dot com  Thank you.

The videos and 'My week' posts will appear in their own post on Tuesday.


12 February 2016

Free For All Friday No. 378

It has been a week of high winds as 'Storm Imogen' (according to the UK Met Office) has traversed UK and France. One minute we have hail and wind the next the wind has dropped and we have bright sunshine again... very deceiving indeed.

Almost as deceiving as thinking you have the perfect planner set up.... but your eyes keep being drawn to a different layout. This happened to me last weekend. I thought I was settled in my A6 with a Week on One Page plus tasks. But then I created the A6 version of the Enhanced TM Week View, I managed to hold off a couple of weeks.

Last Saturday, I couldn't resist any longer and I printed off the remaining 11 months of this year and swapped over to it. As I use the same layout in my A5 I'm feeling more settled in this layout.

And I'm still resisting the thought of going back to personal size!

So have a great weekend... oh and it is Friday, so feel free to discuss anything planner related in the comments.

11 February 2016

Van der Spek Meet Up - June 2016

Who remembers the first Van der Spek meet up in 2015?.... a few hands shoot up...

Who enjoyed attending the first Van der Spek meet up in 2015... not so many hands shoot up...

Who would like to hear about the next Van der Spek meet up in a few weeks time? ......

OK so enough of a build up. Yes we are having another Van der Spek meet up at the workshop in Puttershoek.

Firstly please read all of this post before checking your diary.

The number of places available are limited to just 8 people, unfortunately this is due to the size of the workshop. Hopefully there will be future meet ups, so if you miss out on this one there will be a chance again in future.

We will open the mailbox for you to apply for a place on the meet up on Saturday 20th February, this is so you have some time between reading this and Saturday 20th to check your diary, check the costs of travel and timings etc. There are full details about how to apply for a place at the end of this post.

So here is the outline of the visit and details of what we aim to offer on Friday 3 June - Saturday 4th June.

People travelling some distance (like Janet and I) will be in Rotterdam on Friday afternoon 3 June. I will be staying in the Thon Hotel in Rotterdam, last year this was called the Tulip Hotel, it was reasonably priced and conveniently located.  You will be responsible for paying for your room, we have found booking.com the easiest way to book rooms. Please don't book until you have a confirmed place on the meet up.

On the Friday evening for those people that arrived that day, we will meet up at the hotel and eat out in Rotterdam, possibly at Vapianos in Rotterdam. If that name sounds familiar, yes it is the same chain of restaurants as the ones we visit in London for the Philofaxy meet ups. The food is good and reasonably priced and you order using a simple smart card system and pay for just what you ordered.

On Saturday morning (4 June) following breakfast at the hotel we will travel together by public transport or car to Puttershoek aiming to get to the workshop by 10:30am.

During our visit there we hope to do the following:
  • A factory ‘tour’/presentation of models, history of the company. 
  • Stopping for lunch may be at about 12:30-13:00 for say 45 minutes allowing people plenty of time to ‘mingle’ and chat with the others.  
  • There will be a display of items that are for sale on the day from your many items of stock
  • A display of BagUsBags too
  • Ring swapping demo by Steve! 
  • Diary creation demo by Steve - Amendment and then mail merging the Steve Morton/Ray Blake diary inserts (if people want to discover this!)
  • There will be a brain storming session looking at design ideas and any other feedback items on the Van der Spek website/customer service areas etc etc.
  • Design your own organiser on the day, with the chance to see the leather that will be used etc. 
  • Future organiser designs with thoughts and feedback from the group to Petra.  
  • Question and Answer Session.
  • If you are staying on in the hotel on the Saturday evening, we will once again go out as a group to eat, including the Van der Spek family.
Please note the above programme is provisional and is subject to changes over the next few weeks.

On the Sunday depending on our individual departure times there might be a possibility to look around the city before we travel home again.

To be clear, each attendee will be responsible for the cost of their travel to Rotterdam and hotel costs, evening meal (on Friday) etc. However a buffet lunch will be provided on the Saturday at the workshop.

To book a place at the meet up please email Steve: steve@philofaxy.com after 9am (Paris time) on Saturday 20th February. With the subject of your email 'Van der Spek'

Steve will confirm you have a place within an hour of sending your email. The confirmation will contain further details about timings etc. Once all places are allocated a reserve list will also be created in case there are any people that have to pull out of the meet up after being allocated a place.

If you have any questions about the meet up please contact Steve at the above email address and he will respond as quickly as possible.

To see what the meet up was like last year take a look at the post I did afterwards.

We look forward to hearing from you.

10 February 2016

Finding an old friend

You should never be ashamed of using a personal organiser.  I do not react to the people that say 'Oh are you still using one of those' as they wave their shiny new smartphone in front of me.

If like me you stopped using your personal organiser and went electronic until you realised that things electronic are not always the best solution... and then you resorted to using your organiser again. I do not regret that time I spent using the electronic version. It has been worthwhile in helping me focus my mind on what I need to record or write down each day/week.

I'm sure a lot of you might still have your first Filofax, get it out again and consider using it for a week.  Naturally you might get even more comments from the smart phone brigade, but there might be a few looks of admiration too.

Owning an older style leather organiser has a certain 'retro' touch to it.... just like I can still pull out my Psion 5mx or my Nokia 7110 phone, both ancient technology from the 1990's. But that is what I used, the Psion certainly up to about 2004!

I recently had a bit of a frustrating time once again with an electronic task manager, I went back in time to how I used to do things on the Psion and then from there decided on a paper equivalent for routine weekly reminders.

So rather than trying to invent something new, sometimes it is a good idea to look back at how you previously did things and see if you can adapt old techniques and apply them to your current situation.

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