02 March 2012

Free For All Friday No 172

So the first Friday of March, Spring is about to Spring or the leaves are about to turn to Autumn depending which hemisphere you are in.

So do you record the first sign of spring in your Filofax? The first daffodil in bloom, or the first or last cut of the grass?

But as it is Friday, you are of course free to discuss anything Filofax related.

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  1. My Filofax Facts, derived from a Collins fact book that was pulled apart and then stuck back together to create my custom set of Filofax facts (then photocopied onto A5 paper to put in the fax), tells me that Earth is closest to the Sun around 4th January (I did check this is correct, it doesn’t feel like it in the UK); which is the time when it becomes noticeably lighter for longer in the evenings. It is also the time when Snowdrops appear and Daffodils are becoming noticeable, any my Spring Salmon fishing starts in January.

    With the “Winter” period being so mild I have to wonder, yet again, whether traditional seasons are at all relevant. My “Summer” really starts at the end of March.

    Having a look at my fax I realise that I’ve also added local tide times, sunrise and sunset times etc to the Diary.

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    1. I stuck a sunshine sticker into my Filofax yesterday. It was unusually sunny and warm, so the first day of sitting in the park with a sandwich and a juice. Okay, it was with my coat and scarf on, but nevertheless, to get some warm sunshine onto my face, was pretty blissful. So I marked this down in my Filofax as MY first day of Spring!

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    2. Sunshine stickers sound like a fun idea, though the trouble I have had with office stickers is that they invariably become unstuck; the glue loosing strength.

      When I saw the postman this afternoon I realised that it is the second day running he was in shirt sleeves.
      Perhaps I should record such things in my fax, ie personalise any spare space in the diary.

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  2. I just noticed the request, in the top left of the home page, about not linking to images on here from Pinterest. Can I ask why this is?

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    1. My blog post here pretty much explains why...

      http://steve-morton.com/2012/02/23/why-im-against-pinterest/

      Steve

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  3. I should be getting my first ever Filofax soon... after trying in vain to use any number of electronic devices since I entered the world of work in 2002 after uni, I think pen-and-paper is the way forward. For my birthday next week, I've asked my parents for an A5 Filofax (of their choice!) so I can easily print off custom inserts etc and use it as a GTD folder, as well as a 'pocket' Flex off my mother-in-law as a notebook/wallet/diary replacement.

    I like the look of the page-per-month templates you put up here recently for 2012 - how difficult would it be for you to generate an identical version for 2013, as a forward planner?

    Finally, any tips for printing off contacts from Outlook onto a A5 Filofax-friendly format?

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    1. Hi Daniel
      Welcome to the world of Filofax... wise choice!!

      Yes we will making 2013 versions available in the next few months. Or you can generate them yourself from the source files for any year... fairly easily. We are still coming up with new designs so we want to get them all on line and then we will turn our attention to doing pre-merged 2012/2013 and 2013 files. All in good time!

      You can print direct from Outlook to A5, but you will have to play around with the options until you get a suitable set up that you like.

      You can also export your contacts and then import them into the Filofax Address book software which works well. Search for it on the blog I've done a few posts about it.

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    2. Daniel - I've printed out my outlook contacts before - if I remember correctly I printed to A4 double sided and set it to 'booklet print'. If you play around with a few test prints you will find out what works for your printer. One point though - I printed out the whole thing (A-Z) and wished I'd done it in alphabetical characters so I could file in the A-Z dividers. So print out all A-B then C-D etc depending on the A-Z divider set you have. Hope this makes sense.

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  4. I got my first filofax last week (a second hand grey personal Finsbury) and I am having so much fun with it - I think I am falling head over heels. I am tempted to name my filofax. I have always named every car I owned and it feels odd to have such a useful object without a name. I am thinking of calling her Miss Pettigrew.

    So I am curious? Do any of you out there give your filofax a name? If so, what are they called?

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    1. I have yet to name any of mine but I love the idea and may just have to consider naming them. I feel like each one has a personality of its own...so why not have each one named to match that?! I think Miss Pettigrew is a lovely name! I say Go For It! And congrats on your first Filofax.

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    2. Thank you! I am loving the feeling of having my life at my fingertips!

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    3. My Malden is simply called Malden, or Maldy if I'm feeling playful. My compact Regency (which is what I use as my main Filofax and dairy) is called Reggie - just a watered down version of Regency.

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  5. For anyone who's interested, the Pennybridge has now made its way onto the Filofax UK website . . . although only so that you can request an email when it comes in stock!

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  6. Did I imagine it or did I read somewhere that there was going to be a leather flex cover this year?

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  7. This is somewhat off Philofaxy topic, but for those you who decorate your planners/inserts with washi tape, what is its purpose? Can you write on it, or is simply for decoration? How do you use it - to embellish diary pages or spice up dividers perhaps? I'm looking for some decorative inspiration...

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