I am new to Filofax, and Philofaxy, having been converted from Franklin Covey, so Laurie suggested I ask for some advice here.
I am thinking about getting either the Domino Pocket, the Finsbury Pocket, or the Metropol Pocket.
See, I have always had a problem regarding planners, and journals. I will end up getting a planner, and journal, using them for about a month or so, then stop, and then going and getting a new planner and journal and use those and then begin the cycle all over again! I have told myself for the past three years every New Year that I will get a final planner and journal and that will be it! Although, I always recycle the paper, cover etc., gift it to a friend, or am able to return it, I am sick of wasting money on my "little problem" (as my Mom puts it LOL), and I want to be able to find a system that I can stick with. I also want to find a system that I am comfortable using, that I will stick with, and that I will be able to use for the following:
1. Weekly /MonthlyPlanning
2. To Do Lists
I am going to graduate school in September, and would like to be able to incorporate notes on assignments, my thesis, book ideas, yoga journaling etc. within the planner as well. I have tried to do this many times before, but have failed.
For some reason, with my planning and journaling, I want them to be separate from one another. My planner for organization and my journal for well, journaling.
Anyway, just let me know.
Kathleen, I used a personal size Filofax in grad school and it worked really well for me. My first reaction is, I wonder if a pocket size will be big enough/ give you enough space to write everything you need. I know some grad students use the A5 size to keep it all together.
My biggest advice is to have a section where your requirements for completing your degree are listed clearly: any courses you are required to take, papers and their due dates, research proposals etc. Especially if you have more than one advisor (I had 3) you have to make sure everyone is on the same page. They often forget what they agreed on earlier and later may spring new "requirements" on you. I saved myself an extra semester of unnecessary work by writing out what my advisors had agreed on at the beginning of my course, and reminding them of that later.
The list of required classes is especially useful when you are registering for classes and discover one you intended to sign up for is already full. You can just look at your list and sign up for a different class that you need.
Can anyone else give more advice to Kathleen? Thanks everyone!!