As you all know, I'm in love with my new A5 Domino in Ultra Violet (which you can read about and see photos of here if you haven't already). I'm resisting the urge to fill it completely up right away.
Normally when I set up a new Filofax, I put into it everything I think I might possibly need. Maps, forms, papers of various types and colors, accessories, and tabbed dividers. Lots and lots of tabbed dividers, with labeled tabs for a range of topics. By the time I've got my new Filofax set up, its rings are nearly bursting and I haven't even started using it yet!
This time I'm holding back from doing that to my new Domino. I really like it in its simplified form. It's not groaning at the seams like my other Filofaxes, which are laden down with things I rarely, or never, use but are in there "just in case."
This time I'm taking a new approach: If I discover I need something in my Filofax, THEN I'll put it in. I'll start with nothing, no labeled tabs, no reams of paper full of information.
But, this is ME we're talking about here. Some things are necessary.
For example, I've already added a World Map with time zones. That's a requirement in my Filofax. In fact, I've referred to it in there already.
I also added a zip-closure clear pouch, because the Domino doesn't have a zip pocket so anything that needs to be secured will go in there.
And, I added a business cards holder, because I use those.
I'll probably add a sticky notes accessory and my Filofax calculator eventually, because I find both of those very convenient to have.
For now I'm not adding any labeled tabbed dividers, which is a huge step for me. Usually I would've labeled and organized my usual tabs by now. But this time rather than prescribe my same-old setup for myself, I'm going free-form and seeing what I actually use and what's worthy of entering my Filofax. It's very liberating, like starting with a blank slate.
How do you set up a new Filofax? Do you transfer things over from your old Filofax, set up the tabs in a certain way, and load it up immediately? Or, do you prefer to start with a blank slate and let it grow organically?