16 December 2012
Reader Under the Spotlight - Patty
Hi, I'm Patty. I'm from the Midwest United States and I love planners! I'm a full-time homemaker - sort of. I babysit my 3- and 2-year-old grandkids every chance I get; I do the books for my husband's construction business; and I run a blog Homemakers Daily
I've been married 31 years to my husband, David, and we have two grown married children. My son and his wife have the grandkids and they live across the street - yeah for me!
David and I like to buy old, disgusting houses and turn them into something beautiful. No house is to awful for us. One of the houses we bought was filled with mice - we caught 24 in the first two weeks. Our current home had snakes! We had 3 in the family room and 7 in the laundry room in the basement. I wasn't thrilled about that - it almost made me want to hang up my remodeler hat!
1. When did you buy your first Filofax and what was it?
I bought my first Filofax in August of this year. It was a Personal Vintage Pink Malden.
2. What other brands have you used or considered using?
I've used Franklin Covey since 1993. I've dabbled with Day Timer and Planner Pad but I've always ended up back with Franklin Covey. After all those years with Franklin Covey, I'm ready for a change so I'm trying Filofax.
3. Out of the organisers you own which is your current favourite (Style and Size)?
I really like the Personal Malden. The leather is so soft and beautiful.
4. How many Filofax organisers do you own?
I just got a Personal Holborn in brown.
5. What do you use your Filofax for?
I use it for my daily planning, journaling (on the daily page) and keeping track of information. I also use it for my blog although I'm tentatively planning to have all my blog information in the Holborn and the rest of my life in the Malden. I've never used two planners before so I'll have to see how it goes. I'm really a one planner kind of girl.
6. What was the feature about Filofax you like most?
Most. Well, I'm not sure I can narrow it down to "most". I like the binder selection. There are SO many that I like. With Franklin Covey, it always took a lot of waiting to find one that suited me but there are a bunch of Filofaxes that I like. I like the plain planning pages. I'm easily distracted so less is better. I always bought the plainest of the Franklin Covey pages. I also like that on the 2ppd there are 10 boxes for to-do's. Sometimes I get overwhelmed making a to do list so I limit my list to just 10 items. It helps me prioritize better and think about what really needs done. When I saw that the 2ppd had 10 boxes, it seemed meant to be.
7. If you could design your own Filofax what would it feature?
It would have 2 pen loops and they would be big enough to hold any pen (that's my only complaint about the Malden - my pen won't fit in the loop). It would also have slightly bigger rings.
8. How do you carry your Filofax?
It sits on my desk or kitchen countertop at home. When I'm out, it's in my purse.
9. Which Filofax in the current range do you like the most? Are you going to buy it?
I'd kind of like to have a Metropol. I'm a bit of a binder snob in that I really only love leather. But I like the fact that the Metropol has two pen loops and some of the colors are gorgeous! It just looks fun. I'm trying not to buy it but I may succumb.
10. What is the most you have ever spent on a Filofax? Which model?
The Personal Malden was $70. Ouch!
11. Turning to Philofaxy, what do you like the most?
I love being around like-minded people. Most of my friends and family don't really care about planners. I was really excited when I discovered that there were a whole bunch of people out there who loved planners, too.
12. And what do you not like about Philofaxy?
13. What was the last music album CD you bought or downloaded?
You know, I don't listen to music much. I have ADHD and music is a distraction. So I don't listen. I like silence! However, I am going to get some children's music for my grandkids. They love music and I don't have any for them to listen to. I'll probably get some Veggie Tales as soon as I figure out how to do it.
Thank you Patty. And if anyone else would like to feature as a 'Reader Under the Spotlight' please contact us at philofaxy at gmail dot com