Then it all changed…
In 2008 I started to work with him-in-door’s.
Then in 2009 both my children were at secondary school and I went back to college. I was using bound diaries for time sheets and using Microsoft outlook calendar as a tickler file. This too was fine.
But early spring 2011 it started to fall apart I was late for two nurse appointments and had to make another appointment for the latter. Because it’s fine to have a wall calendar but it only really reminds you when you are in the kitchen, not when you are in the office even when said office is in said garden of said house. Also I was requesting info from clients that would ring up about the same info saying what did, you need again. Funnily never when my computer was on, or I would have to find when we had the meeting, to find the notes. So, I could yet again remind them what we needed.
Something needed to be done and soon.
Remember I work and live with an Accountant, neither of us like spending money and “him indoors is digital” all the way. I on the other hand am not.
So, I went to google then you tube, where I met Imy as in Imy’s world. Imy likes Filofax, so did Jennifer and so did The life of the Perpetual student. Imy mentioned Philofaxy. Philofaxy mentioned you could print your own inserts. I studied the files like I was taking an exam. It came down to Personal or A5. Yes people, the penultimate decision on size were how easy I could print out. To a degree choosing A5 made sense I was using an A5 diary.
Then the decision was which A5 Filofax to go for and after picking myself off the floor. Saying “How much?” And “my diary only cost two pounds”. Yet, I needed a ring binder and a lever arch file wasn’t really going to cut it. It could do the job the A4 lever arch or the cheap A5 ring binders. I wanted something a little bit more. As an employee of an accountant, you don’t want to look too cheap or too expensive you have to have a half-way house.
So I returned to google and google did indeed save me.
There was a sale at WHSmiths. There were the cheapest A5. A domino, An Identity, A5 Metropol Zipped and an A5 brown Metropol with a strap. The Identity was £22.50 the Domino about the same price, the Metropol’s were £27 and £28 or so. I looked over the pocket and the like, the functionality of all of them. I am a newbie after all, what did I know? What I did know was I needed a planner. At the end of the day a planner is after all a planner and I had a myriad of inserts to choose from all of the courtesy of Philofaxy. What exactly could go wrong? Did I really need a zip when I have a habit of breaking zips. The elastic was ok but a bit of a deal breaker for the Domino( I got one later and gave it to my youngest an incident we no longer speak off). Did I really want to spend an extra 5 or 6 pounds extra for it to be brown?
So, I made my decision I ordered the A5 Identity for work. It has stayed my work filo ever since my personal use one has changed a lot. Yet the work one has never changed.
You may well ask?
It’s a cheap Filofax surely you must want a more expensive one?
Surely as an accountant you can afford one that more expensive?
But I am happy with my black Identity which surprises me because I really did pine for colour. I really believed I wanted a colourful one. Yet, black is indeed what I want.
My clients love they get a section in my planner. Him indoors appreciates I can remind him on things that we are waiting for who called when etc.
Some clients don’t even realise it’s not leather.
What’s really important is what I put in my planner and how I use my planner, not what’s my planner made of and which brand it is. The most important part of the planning is not the planner it’s you. Is the A5 size to big, well its main residence is my desk and the occasional Audit. I’m also 5 foot 8 inches (173 cm) and have a hand span of 9inches (22.5cm). So to me what’s the fuss about.
At the end of the Day a planner is just a planner..