I'm in the process of setting up several of my Filofaxes in a new way (as I blogged about here). The time I'm spending doing this is making me wonder if other people spend so much time tweaking and maintaining their Filofax systems.
Here's a summary of my tweaking: I'm revamping my Deco, which is my main Filofax. I made the mistake of writing local addresses into the address pages in the back, instead of writing them into my Aberdeen section. So now I've removed those address pages from the Addresses section, moved them into the Aberdeen section, and am re-writing permanent addresses only into new Address pages for that section. (That way I don't have to create new Address pages every time I move, I'll keep local addresses with the local section and archive them together.)
Also in my Deco I'm creating an "Indonesia" section, and a "Move Scotland --> Indonesia 2011" section. It's nice to have this information consolidated into my Filofax, but it involves a lot of re-copying from various sources.
In the end I'll have a completely updated Deco, a new Medical Journal Filofax with sections for each of us (which I'm currently working on too), my Urban Travel Filofax and my purple Finsbury Moving Filofax.
As you might imagine, this process is proving to be quite time-consuming. But I am taking the time to do it now, even though I'm already so busy, because I know once it's done I'll have the peace of mind of knowing exactly where to access all this information. I want to get it done before we move, to have these Filofaxes handy during and after my transition.
Putting these Filofaxes together made me wonder how much time, on average, people spend on "Filofax System Maintenance." How much time does it take you to set up, and then maintain, your Filofax system?
I can image at the fastest end of the time spectrum the minimal amount of time it would take to remove a year's worth of diary pages and insert a new year's worth of pages. All done.
Then at the other end of the time spectrum...I see myself! I can spend endless hours re-copying into diary pages, moving things around, expanding into other Filofaxes, and generally tweaking my system. (And to be completely honest, I find it enjoyable and even relaxing.)
Where do you fall on the time spectrum? Do you set up your Filofax once a year and you're done? Or, like many of us, does your Filofax system require maintenance throughout the year to update pages, glean unnecessary material, and other general upkeep?