'Are you still using a Filofax....?'It is normally followed by one of the following:
'I had one of those once......'The first two we have all come across I'm sure and we have our stock answers for those like...
'Why aren't you using one of these.....' shows you his/her latest iAndroidWin Phone
'But you have retired.......'
'Oh do you still have it?' without trying to sound too nerdyIt was the third one that caught me off guard, it some how sneaked in under my Filofax radar defence shield.
'I tried using one of those but I like paper and pen... it's quicker you know'.... 'said with an air of superiority. You quickly go and seek out someone else to go and talk to or get a top up for your wine glass, leaving Mr/Ms Nerdy iAndroidWin phone user stumped for an answer....
I was just loading my usual prepared answers when I was caught out... but not for long.... so it got me thinking a bit more.... dangerous I know.. 'but you have retired'.... "yes I know but I'm still allowed to think..." now don't you start as well!!!
So let me clear this one up..... Yes I've retired from a salary paying job, but I don't get a pension from my previous employers until I'm 60, which is a few years off yet... It's true that Alison (her indoors aka The Hand of Philofaxy) and I do work part-time with our property search business, but technically she is the employed person I'm just the unpaid assistant/notetaker/photographer/wheel man.
OK so technically I no longer do a 9-5 Monday to Friday job... but I still have to interface with lots of people that are still in true employment, or businesses that adhere to business hours, which in France nearly always includes a 2 hour lunch break!
So my daily life has to mould itself around other peoples schedules and therefore in a way I'm more dependent on a Filofax than I was when I really was working.... yes I did work once upon a time.... but I would have kill you if I told you what I did!!!! Shhhh need to know...
So I might not have as many appointments/meetings (and you know how I love meetings) as I used to have, but I have a lot more varied things to remember and do on a daily basis. And given how bad my memory has become, even the topic of this post I had to right down for the fear of forgetting it the next day.
So I use my week per view diary insert not only to capture events and appointments (meetings!) but also as a reminder of things I said I was going to do, but haven't got around to doing yet.
I also use it to remind myself of topics I'm going to write about, just a single line is often enough to jog my memory, occasionally I will supplement the 'one-liner' with a sticky note or similar on the page as a more detailed reminder, but once done I will remove the note.
The thing that often catches me out is Bank Holidays, I know you working folk enjoy having them with a day off, but they just cause me a minor inconvenience, so whilst they might not apply to me in France, I often note the UK Bank Holidays in my Filofax as well as the French ones. May is a total night mare for Bank Holidays in both countries.. one or sometimes two a week in May. So the European holidays page comes in handy when I'm doing any long term planning.
The transition from my previous job to my new status caught me out a bit in terms of how I was going to be using my Filofax, it has taken me over 18 months to find a set up that works for me. I've described it in a blog post that I did for Ray's blog My Life All in One Place as part of the All Stars Tour.
During the move to France I was using my Filofax a lot with lots of check lists and contact details etc. But once we had settled here of course it took on a slightly different role which is how it changed to what it is now.
Have you ever had a major change in set up to your main organiser to cope with a big change in life style/job change etc?