Today we continue a new series on Philofaxy about readers favourite organisers. Thank you to Leilani for sharing the details of her favourite organiser.
1. What is your favourite organiser (Make/model/size)?
My favourite organizer is hands down my beloved life partner, Loki the Filofax Compact Regency in a rich Godiva chocolate brown. It's like a chocolate bar and if you look at it long enough, you'll get the endorphins minus the heightened A1c levels.
2. How long have you owned it?
I bought Loki off of a fellow Philofaxer in late 2011, so we're coming up on our 4-year anniversary. I've exchanged glances with other planners and moved into a "cuter" planner for a hot second (cough Kate Spade and LV cough)but at the end of the day, needs trump wants. I need to be more productive and Loki has by far the best combination of features to help me achieve that.
3. What is it that you like about it so much?
Everything! It truly is my ideal planner aesthetically and in terms of utility. For starters, I love exotic and textured leather. However, since 2010 I made a commitment to no longer purchase new exotic leather items as a promise to one of my godkids. (After a field trip he became obsessed with ostriches, crocodiles, and snakes. He asked his mom and me to please stop buying his 'friends' skins'.)The Regency is one of my compromise (the other one is holding onto my existing exotic leather items). In any case, the Regency is a nice, shiny-but-not-glossy faux ostrich that looks like it took a long, luxurious bath in a Godiva chocolate tub.
Despite being compact and sleek, Loki can still fit a lot. The Zeitgeist of Zoe aka Yvonne can attest to Loki's muffin top-liciousness. Loki is my planner, my secondary wallet, menu planner, and my "on-the-go shopping with coupons" buddy. There are card slots in front, which I use to store the cashback credit cards and loyalty cards I use most. The full-length pocket that faces outwards is where I put the smaller bills; the inwards facing pocket is where I put the larger ones. I use the little pocket in the back to store a photo of my late dad. The outwards facing full-length back pocket is normally empty, but it's where I stick letters to be mailed. The inwards facing back pocket is where I put receipts I acquired throughout the day.
The size itself enables me to be more mindful of what I put in. Though I have some washi-licious dashboards and photos in front, it is first and foremost a productivity tool, not an outlet for creativity.
4. Do you use it all the time?
Yes! Loki truly is my life partner. Loki's been with me through graduate school, a TFA stint, the beginning stages of starting a non-profit, 2 Philofaxy meet-ups (Boston and New York), volunteer work with refugees/immigrants/human trafficking survivors, and he'll be right next to me when I start my second graduate program next year :)
5. Do you think the design could be improved in any way? How?
I wish there were 6 card slots up front instead of 4; I wouldn't have to use an extra credit card holder that adds slight bulk. However, the design is ideal for me as it stands.