1. When did you start using an organiser?
When I was given one in my early twenties. There followed some misguided adventures in electronic organisation before I finally saw the light and returned to paper five years ago.
2. How has your use of an organiser changed over the years?
Not greatly. I have never worried too much about using consistent pens or inks, for instance, and will always write in it with whatever comes to hand.
In common with many people, I have abandoned a written address book in favour of the iPhone/Outlook combination. In in other respects, my current Filofax contains very similar things from those my first one did back in the eighties.
3. Which diary format works best for you and why?
A week-to-view. It's the right size for the relatively low complexity of my working and personal arrangements and I like the weekly overview it gives me. If I have a complicated day that needs more space I'll plan it out on plain paper.
4. What other information do you keep and maintain in your organiser.
Important websites, IDs and passwords (encrypted, naturally). Ideas and plans. Task lists. Notes on books and music I plan to get hold of. A tube map is always in there somewhere. Sometimes I'll add in a funny cartoon.
5. Do you use a 'system' of organisation, and how does it work in your Filofax?
Not really. GTD has never worked for me. Beyond writing things down and reviewing what I've written, I don't do anything special. The focus is always on living and doing, not on the system.
6. What routines and structures do you use?
There really is only one. Open the book. Read the contents and take action if needed.
7. Do you use one binder or several, and if several, how do you use them?
Only one at a time. That might be a Filofax or it might be a Midori. I change when I feel like it and choose not to apologise for that. I only change the binder or cover, not the contents.
Thank you Ray, I've had a good response from people wanting to take part in this series. I look forward to receiving responses back from people.
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