18 March 2011

Free For All Friday No 122

Well an especially busy week for me this week, mainly because I'm travelling back to UK on Sunday for a couple of weeks stay there, including the Philofaxy Meet Up on the 26th. Today I will be sorting out things to pack to bring to UK, important things like which Filofax Organisers to bring!

I also need to make sure I have all my information stored in my Pocket Chameleon for the trip back to UK. It goes without saying that I'm really looking forward to the meet-up next Saturday.

However, as it is Friday the floor is of course yours to discuss anything Filofax related.

19 comments:

  1. Oh! The meet-up is a mere 5500 miles away! LOL. So envious! :-)

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  2. Notepads? Do people use them?
    I, off cause, mean the notepads that some Filos have in the back.

    Do people use them?
    Thinking they could be great for capturing (in the GTD terminology).

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  4. I use one for making notes when I don't know where I want the info to be stored yet. I also use it for making notes if I go to a seminar or worksheet.

    They also provide a nice bit of 'padding' at the back of the filofax to write on the later pages.

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  5. Alison, which size do you use? I could imagine that an A5 sized Filo with a pad pretty much becomes to ultimate office/studying tool, whereas the pad in a personal sized would be more some sort of capturing device (as you described "...when I don't know where to store it").

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  6. Question for those who have a Kendal personal. How do you find the closing strap? Is it long enough? I have a Kendal A5 and my only disappointment with it is that the strap is so short it is very difficult to have a pen in each loop and still be able to snap it shut. It stays unsnapped most of the time because of how difficult it is to close. Makes it hard to stuff my binder full, and with the smaller rings in a personal, I'm a bit concerned as to how much I'll be able to have in it. I sometimes have my Scanda stuffed pretty full. Uhh ... not that I'm planning to buy yet another filo of course (ok maybe I am :)

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  7. @DanishGTD - I tend to use either an A5 or have also used an A4. I agree the personal would be a bit small for general note taking - depends on the quantity of notes you have to take and how big your writing is!

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  8. @plaiditude when i was first using my piccadilly personal the pen loops(it has two) and the closing tab was quite tight, problematic tight. but after time it loosened and it closes easily and fits much larger pens and pencils now than it used to. a while back there was a post on stretching pen loops.

    http://philofaxy.blogspot.com/2010/12/from-around-web.html

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  9. I've had a mini piazza for a couple of weeks now, what do you use your mini for?

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  10. @Danish GTD
    I use an A5 pad as a 'landing pad'/capturing tool in my work A5 - and I use it in meetings to write meeting notes on. I don't really use a personal FF but I imagine it would work fine for capturing.

    @Leslie
    I use my mini Baroque as a purse-o-fax (wallet-o-fax) - I've posted about it on my blog - Paper Pens and Ink (link onthe links page).

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  11. Ah, I love that little coin purse you put eyelets in. So creative! I don't think Piazza has a zipper pocket, so I will have to think of something like that too.

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  12. @ platitude. My graphic zip strap seems to have stretched out with use.Don't know if they all do this??? I have never used my note pad at the back. It is too bulky for me, and the quality of paper is thinner.I'd rather use a few coloured note sheets inside my planner and transfer dates notes etc to final destinations. Handy to colour code stuff too.Must look up GTD capturing etc!!

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  13. Platitude - I have a Personal Kendal and I have had no trouble closing the strap with both pen loops in use and my Filo is quite full. I can move the strap popper to just past the hole on the Filo, so there is a bit of give in the strap. The Kendal is a great Filo. I want to get a second one as a 'back-up' in case anything happens to this one. I would love to get an A5 one too. Hope this helps.

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  14. @Leslie
    Thanks for the comments on the coin purse! It's still working well (and I'm contemplating doing something similar with a small pencil case for my A5! Then I can keep more pens with me.).
    Hope you manage to do something similar for your mini.

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  15. Hi,

    Notepads: I really don't use the notepads in Filofaxes, because (1) I have a catch-all notes section, and (2) those notepads are kind of pricey. During those times when I have a ton of random information to capture, I keep a small stack of notepaper in the very front of the binder beneath a transparent flyleaf.

    A request for information/images: Does anyone have a +2 year-old Amazona (any color, but esp the almond)? I'm contemplating a new Filofax this year and I'm hoping to see how the Amazona ages. I've only seen pictures of new binders, in which the leather looks very shiny and stiff, so I wonder if it breaks in nicely. There's the pleasure of buying and setting up a Filofax, and then there's the daily pleasure of handling the well-used and beautifully-aged binder; I appreciate the former, but I'm really aiming for the latter.

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  16. P.S., Speaking of meet-ups, will there be one in NYC this spring?

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  17. @M_NG nyc meetup? YES PLEASE

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  18. M Ng - A few of us have discussed the idea of having a spring meet up in NYC. It hasn't been mentioned in a while, though it's on my list of things to post about. Are you interested? I know there were 3 or 4 others who are but I haven't heard from anyone on this is a while. Maybe we can set up a discussion in the Philofaxy discussion group on this to get the ball rolling and discuss dates and places to meet...

    Email me at kanalt17 at gmail dot com if you're interested.

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