26 October 2014

Reader Under the Spotlight - Heather

Today I would like to introduce you to Heather. 

Hello.  I’m Heather and my Filofax helps me to stay organised with the busy work, parenthood and personal life interests.  I’m a Mum to two gorgeous busy boys, I work part-time as well as run my own holistic business (, However as a self-confessed IT geek, I love to combine my Filofax with my PC and iPhones.

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

I think it was around 1993.  It was a black vinyl personal Filofax which I still have.

2. What other brands have you used or considered using?

I’ve only ever used Filofax

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

I’m currently using my pocket Aston in Orchid in my handbag and an A5 Cuban in brown as our Household binder.

4. How many Filofax or other brands of organisers do you own?

3 minis, 3 pockets, 2 personal, 4 x A5 and 1 x A4 organisers.

5. What is the oldest organiser in your collection?

The black vinyl as mentioned in one above.

6. What do you use your organisers for?

Generally as a diary/planner and list keeper.  The mini’s I sometimes swap around with the pockets in my handbag.  One mini is kept in my car as a car binder.  My pocket Pennybridge is my travel binder and purse combined.  My original personal is kept in a cupboard and the second personal is my journal.  The A5’s are project binders for each aspect of my personal life (recipe binder, Scout group, Rugby Group, household) and the A4 is used at my day job.

7. What was the feature about Filofax you like most?

That I can design my own inserts, print them to most sizes of Filofax and then change the layout again the next week.

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

Similar to a tent or bag from the Harry Potter stories; small and lightweight whilst carried (mini size with 11mm rings) but once opened magically expands to A5 size and 30mm rings.

9. How do you carry your Filofax?

In my handbag

10. Which Filofax in the current range do you like the most?

The A5 Original in Green (it isn’t exactly current range)

Are you going to buy it?

If I could find one at the right price, then yes.

11. What is the most you have ever spent on a Filofax or other brand of organiser? Which model?

Probably my A5 Cuban although I haven’t bought any new Filofaxes recently

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

Don’t think you have to have everything on paper or via technology.  Combine them both.  Oh can I have two tips please?  I colour code each ‘compartment’ of my life – Husband, Sons, Personal and my business so I can tell immediately who is where.

13. Turning to Philofaxy, what do you like the most?

The community, the great tips and ideas exchanged.

14. And what do you not like about Philofaxy?

There is nothing I dislike about Philofaxy, I think you all do an amazing job – thank you.

15. What was the last music track you downloaded or bought?

Now 86

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

I’d love to attend one however my weekends are always so busy.

17. What was the last movie you watched?

I watched Terminator 2 (again) with my son

18. What was the last book you read?

Eat that Frog!

19. George Clooney or Brad Pitt?  

George Clooney

Thank you Heather. And if you would like to appear in this feature please contact philofaxy at gmail dot com

25 October 2014

Web Finds - 25 October 2014

I hope you had a good week?

Time to enjoy a great collection of blog posts and videos from around the internet.

So here are the latest Filofax blog posts from around the Internet:
  1. Die Filofax Foto-A-Day Challenge 10/14 (3) - Filomaniac
  2. Black A5 Van Der Spek Touch Me - This Bug's Life
  3. My Planner World - Love a Little Life
  4. Simple Ideas for Combining Paper & Electronic Planning - Homemakers Daily
  5. Personal Inserts- Nov 2014 - Jan 2015 - So Joey Creates
  6. Brown Standard (Personal) size Van Der Spek Touch Me - This Bug's Life
  7. Work Planner Stickers - MsWenduhh
  8. Why I Started With A Filofax - Planner Bug
  9. Filofax: Most Used Items and Tools - Little Big of Everything
  10. 2015 Planner Prep: Change is in The Air - Yay, for Fridays!
  11. Van Der Spek Touch Me binders - This Bug's Life
  12. What are your planner struggles? - Lime Tree Fruits
  13. Tag: Planner Addicts - Life of Kitty
  14. My Filofax Pros and Cons - Joanny White
  15. My (not quite) Perfect Triumvirate - Becky's Paper Route
  16. Van Der Spek Touch Me in Brown and Black, Personal/Standard and A5 - This Bug's Life
  17. Planner Addicts Tag - My Purpley Life
  18. IN THE PRESS – PRIMA MAGAZINE - Filofax Blog
  19. Simple Vertical Weekly Layout Inserts - Ms Wenduhh
  20. PRINTABLE London Dividers - Filofax Love
  21. DIY-Fish #1 - My Last Eureka
  22. Meal Planning For The Week - Planner Bug
  23. ‘Project Master Plan’ Printable – Free Download - Paper Goodness
  24. washi tape e filofax: un binomio perfetto! - Lucy Wonderland
  25. How To Use a Planner With Your Desires In Mind - Renew Your Space
  26. New A5 Malden Dividers - Indigo Blue
  27. Do You Wanna Use a Filo? - Kent from Oz's Filofaxuations
  28. filofax friday | to do list printables - I love it all
  29. The Planner Addict Tag - Joanny White
  30. The Franklin Way - Looking through a frosty window
  31. LM-Hyperdex, a new time visualization tool to Life Mapping™ System DIYfish
  32. Starting Fresh - The Peaceful Parent
  33. Why I Love My Malden & I Spotted a NEW Franklin Covey Binder! - Sparkle Frogs
  34. FREE Filo Friday! This week Halloween note paper A5 - Embellish Everything
  35. Feature focus: Month grid calendars - Quo Vadis Blog
  36. Taking a broader view ... Gillio in the Filowiki - FiloWiki
  37. Filofax Curiosities: The Quality Control codes - The Paradox of an Organized Scientist
  38. Gift List Budgeting - MsWenduhh
  39. Christmas Filofax - It's Bluetiger
  40. Reflection - Paper Pens Ink
  41. Goals: Planning Versus Doing - Giftie Etcetera
  • 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... 
  • For some general tips on Filofax Blogging, please see this post
And here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Filofax Aston in Personal Orchid - Debbie Hockedy 
  2. Filofax A5 Finsbury & Budget Setup! - OATTblog
  3. Planner Addicts Tag - My Purpley Life
  4. Part 1 Some new Franklin Covey Quest planners and my thoughts about them - Tracy Reinhardt
  5. Part 2 - newly acquired frankin covey quest binders.. - Tracy Reinhardt
  • 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. 

24 October 2014

Free for All Friday No. 310

Some of us keep gratitude journals in our Filofaxes, which is a wonderful way to increase awareness and appreciation of life.

This week, I realized how grateful I am for my Filofax! It's always there for me when the unexpected happens and I have to make a sudden change of plans.

Why are you grateful for your Filofax? (Or anything else, since this is "free" for all Friday!)

23 October 2014

How much paper is too much paper?

Does your Filofax look as stuffed as this one?

Actually that one isn't so bad, most of the 'extras' aren't on the rings themselves, although the strap looks like it might pull the popper out of the front cover....

How about this one, doesn't look too bad does it?

Look at this one!!!! Ah now we are talking... now pay attention to how the paper is bending around the rings.

Thank you to Deb, Chris and Leah for those photos. Here's some I set up myself.

So to attempt to do something similar I just kept adding paper the odd diary insert or two as you do, to get a similar result.

Again notice the pages being pushed around the rings towards the base plate.

Notice what happens when you open the organiser, the pages just fan out, because that is what they want to do when there's too much paper on the rings.

Here is the same organiser with the normal number of pages in it.

Notice this time when we open it, the pages largely stay together in the middle.

What about slimline organisers?

If we look at a slimline with only 11 mm rings the issue of the paper inside of the arc of the rings becomes a little more obvious.

With a similar number of pages on either side of the rings, there doesn't look like there is too much of a problem. But when you have more on one side than the other, the inside edges of the pages start to interfere with each other as in this first picture below.

Then when you try to move all of the pages to one side of the rings... they open!! Getting the pages back on to the rings and getting them closed takes some fiddling!

Why does this happen?

So what is going on here. Let me try and explain with the aid of some simple drawings and we will look at normal size personal size rings.

So here is a 'normal' load of pages, if you imagine each single page here was say 20-25 pages you will get the idea better...

So with this number of pages, they sit quite neatly in the middle arc of the rings.  Now at this point I want you to note what is happening to the inside edge of the pages that sit within the rings. In this example you will see that as they are neatly sat towards the middle of the arc of the rings the inside edge, inside the rings is clear of the inside arc of the rings.
So with the organiser open, we add even more pages, more than double. As you can see they start to fan outwards the further around the arc of the rings they are.

Now look at what is happening with the paper on the inside of the rings, it is starting to press against the inside of the rings.

To make matters worse if we use card dividers towards the front or back of the organiser with this amount of paper they will not bend as easily and will press on the inside of the rings with this amount of paper in the organiser.

If we now close the organiser with this amount of paper in it look what happens. The inside edges of the paper are now pushed inwards as the paper is compressed.

I have tried to show here that having more paper on the rings than you should have this results with the paper on the inside of the rings being compressed together on the inside of the rings and this potentially starts forcing the rings open or causing them to gap.

So what can you do to solve this issue?

  1. Use less paper in your organiser...  or
  2. Use an organiser with larger rings, such as a Van der Spek Standard (personal) which are available with 30 mm rings. or their A5 Manager with 35 mm rings.

How much is too much?

Whilst I was at the Van der Spek workshop two weeks ago, I was given a copy of the Krause rings specification sheet for the rings they use on their organisers.

The ring capacity is given in the specification sheet as a thickness of paper on the rings. Krause quote their rings by the external diameter, were as we normally quote the internal diameter. The letters and numbers in () are the Kruse model numbers which you will find on page 21 of the catalogue in the link above.
  • Pocket (PER152/06/20) - 20 mm internal diameter - Paper capacity 14mm
  • Personal (PER171/06/25) - 25mm internal diameter - Paper capacity 19mm
  • Personal (PER171/06/30) - 30mm internal diameter - Paper capacity 24mm
  • A5 (PER216/06/25) - 25mm internal diameter - Paper capacity 19mm 
  • A5 (PER216/06/30) - 30mm internal diameter - Paper capacity 24mm
So as a rule-of-thumb, take the ring internal diameter in milli-meters and subtract 6 mm and you have the paper capacity in milli-meters.  You should be able to apply this rule-of-thumb to any brand of organiser with similar size rings.

22 October 2014

Guest Post - My Filofax - Journey to planning land - 'UK Jon'

I got my first Filofax as a gift from my sister in 1987 (a Wellington?) but didn't get to grips with it. A second followed a year later from a well known high street bank when I opened a student account. But I only really used that for addresses and inspiring quotes, or jotting down indie music lyrics (ah, late 80s campus life).

Fast forward to 2014 and many things have changed. Now I'm a pseudo grown-up with a young family. The miserable indie music has (largely) gone. The hair definitely so. But recently I found that old, black, Personal Filofax in a drawer. It had little in it, but was so tactile I decided to investigate and lo and behold, a huge Filofax community.

So after reading.....and reading....and watching numerous videos on set up, tips and techniques.....I'm now happily using that old 'Personal With No Name'. Maybe it should be called Clint.

BUT - then saw an A5 Domino on offer. As a leftie I thought the extra space would help. Done deal.

THEN saw a Slimline Finsbury on offer. It looked so good....Done Deal.

SO - I've gone from no planner to a choice/combination of three in about a month. I'm leaning towards the A5 and Slimline combo, but am aware of the One Planner One Life school of thought.

The experiment begins.....

In homage to 'Kent from Oz', who's prolific with his videos, I'll sign off as 'UK Jon'

Thank you Jon, we look forward to seeing how you have set up your new organisers and how you are going to use them. 
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