I know our justifications for buying new binders, inserts, stickers, pens and other widgets to satisfy our stationary cravings know almost no limits, but in the spirit of community well being I would like to put forward the justification to end all justifications: Filofaxes, and associated purchases, are good for our health.
Yes, it is true. Google the health benefits of creativity and you will find articles on the positive effects creativity has on ageing, mental health and self esteem. As fantastic as all this is, what has it got to do with Filofax?
Over the Bank Holiday I was feeling a little frayed around the edges, and I spent a couple of happy hours designing some inserts for my Personal Amazona which had become a little neglected. Now I am not a natural artist, but I can set up a nice Word template and decorate it with clipart. I admit that this is not the cutting edge of modern artistic endeavour, but then it isn’t supposed to be. It allowed me to be creative, to relieve my stress and end up with something nice to look at in my binder when I am in the office.
The Delightful Mr F had noticed my stress rating drop whenever I sat down to “optimise” my Filo, or update my Book-o-Fax with notes and pictures, and I wondered whether other Philofaxers had noticed the same.
Whether it is the fantastic diary inserts designed by Ray and Steve or my little experimentation with clipart, I think it is all positive. Go on, be a bit creative, it will make you feel better. Honest.