18 March 2016

Free For All Friday No. 383 by Anita

I have a confession, I am not using a Filofax as my main planner currently.
For some reason, I've been feeling a bit all over the place with unprocessed notes and half finished scribblings everywhere. I have set up a pocket Moleskine with lots of lists, with my A5 Ascot still in use for planning projects and for making notes.

I have thought before that the combination of the flexibility of a ringed binder used alongside a bound notebook could work for me. However, I suppose I haven't wanted to mess with a set up that normally works. I know that eventually I will move back into a personal sized binder, but I think I'm actually enjoying the restriction that a notebook creates right now. I think that sometimes it's too easy for me to start something on an insert, get distracted and forget to go back to it.

Have you recently been tempted to completely change your set up?

And as it's Friday, please feel free to discuss anything related to organisers and relevant topics.

Have a great weekend.

17 comments:

  1. I am with you about the concerns of so many different organizers. Someone once told me that the problem with creative people is that they have a todo list for a todo list. Just like you I often got lost about where I have saved this or that. I have a Fusion A5 for now about two weeks an I love it. I use it as lookbook to present my sticker and Qrofties collection t9 stores. At the same time I am starting it to use as archive of digital design collections I own by creating specific inserts. The only thing I find filofax to work with is to keep the calendar up to date. It is easier to say "google now - set meeting for x on y with z" and it reminds me automatically. Si at this moment a mix of my phone and my filofax is saving me a lot of stress.

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  2. This past week I was in a complete tailspin with my planner system. My A5 Filofax was stuffed and became to heavy to take with me, so for the sake of portability I went back to a bound planner, but (as always) missed the flexibility of my Filofax. After a disastrous few days where I used no planner at all (!!!) I pared down my pages and went back to my A5 Boston Filofax with 20 mm rings. It's the most portable of my A5 binders, and I can enjoy the flexibility of removing pages and printing my own diary pages. I'm feeling much better now!!

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  3. Check out this blog post: https://weekendwife.wordpress.com/2015/09/28/planner-structure-vs-notebook-freedom/

    You may find it helpful, since you're using a notebook along with your planner.

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  5. I have been the same way lately... I started in an A5 Domino with everything but the kitchen sink in there. It was getting cumbersome to lug around, so I set it up as a "Household" binder that I keep all things domestic in: medical info, house info, stuff for the kids, and other misc reference stuff to keep this binder in the house.

    I moved into a personal size Malden with minimal sections - just four (with pages for notes in the back): Monthly, Weekly, and a daily Bullet Journal insert which I am loving. But...

    I am feeling the artsy pull of a bound Hobonichi journal. I don't think I will use it for my daily planner, but as I am guilty of having too many organizing systems - who knows! :)

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  6. I'm not the only one! I was feeling very restless earlier this month, so decided to give downsizing my planner another shot. Switched from a Personal to a Pocket but with DIYfish style inserts. I further DIY her ideas to make them fit my life. Surprisingly, it worked for me. On the planning end. Execution part, not so much. Back to my personal. Now, I think my Pocket experiment might have worked better with a different color pen. I was using a Brown very fine nib (.38) Frixion. Beautiful, but it just wasn't registering. I'll try it again with a Blue. Maybe if I add more colors it might feel more real. Anyway, I'm having fun trying. So, the experiment continues.

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  7. I recently with through this same thing. I'm not sure if it's the hormones of the pregnancy or just a feeling of being incomplete I complete tore up my spiral bound binder and created a completely new arc binder. I love my arc binder and the flexibility it give me with being able to make lists and notes and then remove for later use. I am a huge list maker and with my baby shower coming up to do lists have been high on my agenda for each day and writing on post it notes I lose way to easily. So sometimes change does work for the better. Until the end of pregnancy comes lol.

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    1. Hi @Kelin. I recently purchased a A5 sized disc bound planner. I like the concept yet I miss the pockets and zip of my ring binder. Do you use a cover with your planner? Thank you.

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  8. I went through a similar transition, believe it or not, from personal Kensington to pocket Malden, then to a mini! I love the mini but I feel it is a little tough to write in. I'm sticking with it for now, as I love the portability factor. Not sure it will last!

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  9. I've just come back to filofax, after spending three months using just a smartphone. I'm still using google calendar to record appointments, but transferring them to a ringbound planner is helping reinforce them in my brain. I'm surprised to find out much I missed having paper always ready at my fingertips.

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  10. I am currently on the point of moving back to A5 from Personal for the umpteenth time. I just can't seem to cope with the volume of 'stuff' which is currently coming my way, or already on my plate, in a small format system. This is despite the fact that I am awaiting delivery of a new Personal binder (Holborn) *and* new diary inserts (Swedish cream) ordered last week. It's fair to say there's a good measure of confusion here!

    At the end of the day allocating tasks, and not just appointments to specific days works for me much better than just having a master task list... although I certainly have those, and it's far easier for me to do that in

    Having said all of that I *really* like to be able to carry my Filofax in my hand when I'm out, including socially, and I tend not to get on so well with bags, so I guess it's a case of 'watch this space'!

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