26 January 2012

Tickler Filofax

Many of you are probably familiar with the idea of a Tickler File. This is a set of file folders, each labeled with a number 1-31, corresponding to the days of the month. Each day you look in that day's file to see if there are any papers you need that day.  So if you have a concert to attend on the 15th, you put the tickets into the file labeled "15" so you know where to find them when you need them.

I, and other people I know, use a similar system in our Filofax diary pages. For example, last February we went to our friends' wedding. I wrote our hotel information, reservation numbers, address and phone number of the hotel, and directions to the hotel on a notes page. I put this notes page on my Filofax rings between the diary pages of the date we would be there to make it easier to find when I needed it, instead of buried behind a tab somewhere.

I have an expat friend who keeps her list of things to buy the next time she's home in the UK on her Filofax rings in the pages of her diary at the date she will be home. That way when she is in that time and place, literally, her list will be there.

Does anyone else use this method of putting reminders and information on the rings in your Filofax diary pages at the date you need it?

17 comments:

  1. Great question and suggestion! In fact, I use the Filofax jotpads to note thing to do / to remember, and put them in the rings at the according week. It works fine, and I can even forward them to another date.

    Thomas

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  2. I use a similar method - it's all too easy to make an appointments page messy and cluttered (and impossible to read) if I put all of the necessary information on the diary page.
    For instance, tomorrow I want to collect a parcel from the courier depot (by coincidence it'll be my shiny new slimline red Cuban; won it on eBay - YAY!) and so I'd punched and inserted the courier's depot card to not only serve as a reminder, but also to make sure I don't lose it.
    Jotting notes on other, non-filo bits of paper has always been a problem for me, so this year I'm working really hard to put all my notes/info IN my filo.

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  3. I've been looking into how to integrate a GTD system into my Filo so this post was useful, thanks.

    On another note, I was mooching around the 'web finds' last night and found a tip on putting the diary section further back, to make it easier to write on the left hand pages. Don't know why I didn't think of that before, it really does help!

    Loving Philofaxy - keep up the good work :)

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  4. I use the jot pads as tickler reminders too, like Tommes. I also use a yearly pull out diary for job application tickler reminders, ie for closing dates.

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  5. I've never thought of doing this - but I will be doing it going forward! Thanks for the idea.

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  6. Awesome idea! I just implemented it. Thanks.

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  7. Yes, I do this all the time with either a jot pad page or a to-do or blank page, depending on how much detail I need to record. Then I open the rings and pop it in at the date I require that information.

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  8. No, but I do like the idea. I will use it the next time the family goes on vacation. I have a question: Has anyone ever order from the Denmark Filofax website I need a new mini and they have a good price and better selection than the US site. I wanted to know will it be worth it to have it ship to me in the U.S? Please someone share their experience with me. Thanks. My little mini Finchley as much as I love it the pen compartment is worn and when I place my pen inside it gets stuck and this is becoming somewhat of a nuisance. I have not seen any other websites with a mini Finchley I think they have all sold out. Anyway, Be Well everyone. Thanks Again.

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  9. Congratulations to Rabbit for winning the new Red Cuban.

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  10. I only use MO2P as my calendar so I put any relevant up-and-comings behind the calendar pages so that it is there if I need it. So I can still see the month without moving the pages.

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  11. I use a number of similar systems:
    punch holes in the paper and put it in the filofax in the right place (things like booking email print-outs or so on) and put it in the diary
    if I can't punch holes in it (like train tickets) I put them in an envelope which has holes punched in it and put it in the right bit of the diary (and write on the envelope what it is)
    I write the relevant information on a sheet and put it in the diary (or if it's small enough just write it in the diary - reminders to do meter readings etc)

    Since I've been doing this I haven't lost any important details!

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  12. @MsPencil - Thanks :) I wanted a nice smooth, slim filofax for my hospital timetable - less chance of germy contamination with a smoother surface ^_^
    As for the Denmark site - this is the only international FF site I've used, mainly due to the wonderful price of postage they offer. I had to use a translator but it went smoothly and the two orders I've placed arrived safely.

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  13. ...I didn't, but I will now. :D

    ~ Sonya, from Sago on Tuesdays ~

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  14. @ Rabbit Thanks so much. Best to you in school.

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  15. Yes, I do that - for example, we have a timeshare that we go to in October so I put my plans for that in my diary pages just beforehand

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  16. I do this as well, although I've never heard the term! I've used this system for hotel stays (easy to print the confirmation on smaller paper and put it right in! Right now, I have a concert ticket punched and put right before the appropriate day.

    For me, this system makes it less likely that I'll lose important documents before an event/trip/etc.

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  17. I do this in s around-about way. If I'm planning for a trip, I will most likely keep the list behind my "projects" tab and move it to the specific date as it approaches. Often I find it more difficult to find the date that corresponds with the list than if it were behind a specific tab. However, for items like a concert I would probably keep a jot pad sheet of information with the date. I guess it depends on whether it's something I'll continually add to or something that just gets written once and left there until it's needed.

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