21 July 2013

Reader Under The Spotlight - Rebecca

Hello!  I'm new around these parts.  My name is Rebecca Bover.  I am a mother of five and grandmother to 3.  I am currently a Project Manager for a major Stock Brokerage firm in the U.S. and work from home (constantly on the phone with New York).  I previously worked as a Technology Training Specialist and travelled extensively around the U.S. training staff employees how to use their computers and various software programs to increase productivity.  The joke was I was training those to use technology but would always be found carrying my iPad mini along with some sort of paper planner.  I started my blog shortly afterwards to help highlight fantastic finds of mine!  I also started my YouTube channel (SecretAgentBover) which has become very popular lately since they focus on Filofaxes!

1. When did you buy your first Filofax and what was it?

My first Filofax was actually two.  I purchased both the personal Malden in Crimson (which I named Maurice) and a pocket Domino that happened to be on clearance for $10.

2. What other brands have you used or considered using?

I have used so many.  The brands that come to mind are Franklin Covey, DayTimer, DayRunner, Moleskine, and have tried to make my own on many accessions using the David Allen GTD methodology.

3. Out of the organisers you own which is your current favourite (Style and Size)?

I really enjoy the size of the A5 Raspberry Finsbury for work as I utilize the Time Management pages from the UK Filofax website.  However, I must say that I spend the majority of time in my personal Malden.  He is just is so much fun to hang out with!

4. How many Filofax organisers do you own?

11, I know it's only been a month!

5. What is the oldest Filofax in your collection?

It's hard to tell as I took ownership of multiple Filofaxes that came from previous owners, but my guess is the Personal size Kendal (aka Dr. Jones - for his aged look)

6. What do you use your Filofax for?

My A5 is used strictly for work (project planning) and for finances (bill paying) and never leaves my desk at home.  I use my personal Malden for journaling, blog posts/ideas, wish lists, diet tracking and savings, etc. and I use my compact as a wallet.  Next I will be trying the pocket Maldens as a wallet to reduce bulk in my handbag.

7. What was the feature about Filofax you like most?

The ability to customize it to whatever you currently need and the moment.  Including the additional component of an outstanding community of people willing to share ideas and knowledge with each other to find what works best for you.

8. If you could design your own Filofax what would it feature?

The perfect Filofax would include more options for colored dividers, tabbed months, and customizable/personalized pages.  In an ideal world, I would love if Filofax brand would get more current with the times and include pages like Blog Planning, Diet or Meal tracking, Fitness pages and pages related to Social Media, etc.

9. How do you carry your Filofax?    

My personal and compact go right into my handbag and go wherever I go.

10. Which Filofax in the current range do you like the most?

Are you going to buy it?  I am faithfully holding out for the Navy A5 Malden, however I haven't a clue when it will become available.

11. What is the most you have ever spent on a Filofax?

Which model?  My personal Malden was $99 at a local store here in Palm Springs, CA.

12. What's your favourite Filofax tip or hack?

I'm all about tips and tricks, but I guess my favorite tip would have to be using a plastic credit card holder to insert posit size notes in that have my daily chores typed out on to them.  I then use a dry erase marker to cross them off as I do them each week.  I wipe it clean on Sunday and move it to the next week and I never have to actually write anything or waste valuable paper space.

13. Turning to Philofaxy, what do you like the most?

The community of people, the abundance of available resources and information at your finger tips. Multiple times I have turned to Philofaxy to answer a question dying to be answered.

14. And what do you not like about Philofaxy?  

Seriously? Philofaxy is my own personal Filofax Wikipedia resource!  What's not to like?

15. What was the last music track you downloaded or bought?

I like a lot of different venues, but I think it was either Maroon 5 or Zac Brown Band.  I know I bought both, just can't remember the order….

16.  Mark Darcy or Daniel Cleaver?

Mark Darcy, of course!

I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this community!  Thank you for allowing to share a part of me with your group.

Thank you Rebecca for being part of our community and agreeing to go under the spotlight. If any of you would like to be part of this feature please contact philofaxy at gmail dot com


  1. So nice to meet you, Rebecca. Love the idea about the plastic card holder to hold post-its with routine tasks. Great idea.

  2. Hi Rebecca, it was so nice to meet you in person in Pasadena. Thank yo for the car ride. Susanne

  3. It was great meeting you as well Susanne!


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