Thank you to David Popely for his wise words and observations.
One of the more encouraging trends I've noted from my Twitter feed lately is the number of new and returning university students investing in Filofax.
It seems commendable that people young as well as older are taking their personal organisation seriously, and I can't help but think that these are the students more likely to succeed - not just because they are using Filofaxes, but because they've spotted that more than half the knack of getting a degree (or a qualification of any kind) is being able to handle the organisation, the deadlines (bunched or otherwise) and the general number of loose threads which need to be tracked and monitored. Good luck to you all….you deserve it.
This trend now seems to be seeping down into schools as well as colleges and universities. If Filofax ever tire of beating the dead horse that is the fashion market (let’s not go there again), they could do a lot worse than get into college and university bookshops, and conduct a concerted campaign among students of all ages, where their products would do some lasting good rather than just pander to the egos of fashion bloggers (oops).
It’s worth bearing in mind that there are a far higher percentage of ‘mature’ (read ‘old’) students than there used to be, and that universities in particular love them for the fact that they’re all giving something up (whether job or just time, and certainly money) to be there, and their commitment is pretty much assured.
I myself came late to tertiary study (I was a comparatively ancient 42 years old when I walked through the doors for the first time), and it was only because I had learned through my business management roles that if didn’t manage my time it would automatically end up in the hands of others that I was able to get the work done and earn a degree. My Filofax and Time Manager (I used the systems interchangeably) were instrumental in getting that done, and I’m still grateful.
If anyone is currently using their Filofax as a specifically study-related aid it might be interesting, but also useful to those just starting out, to see exactly how you apply your system to your studies.