I recently returned to a habit I used to do years ago but fell out of practice: archiving used pages directly into a designated and labeled archive binder. Years ago when I owned only one Filofax, it was easy for me to move used pages straight into an archive binder, with the year labeled on the spine. There was never any question about where my pages were: in-use pages were in my Filofax, used pages were in binders archived by year.
Later when I owned several Filofax
binders, I tended to put used pages in other binders. Often I would
leave some pages in a binder when I moved over into a new binder.
Sometimes I would shuffle pages among binders. Finding anything was
difficult and I got discouraged.
Recently I was looking
through my old archive binders and realized what a great system that
was. I could find anything easily, by year. I decided to get disciplined
about archiving again.
In August last year I moved up
from personal size to A5, so I needed a new A5 archive binder. I looked
around all over the place and settled on a Filofax Clipbook. The binder
itself is janky and seems cheap (the rings aren't even actually attached
to the binder!) but if you can find one at a discounted price it's
worth the cost because in addition to the (mainly) functional binder,
the paper inserts are pretty good. So for the same price as just a
binder with other brands, I also got a bunch of good paper inserts. As
long as I don't have to open the rings very often (because papers pop
out all over the place), it works fine.
Now I am back
to my super-effective archiving. Used pages go straight into the archive
binder. Pages that are waiting to be used are in my on-deck binder. (I
thought I wrote a post a long time ago about my on-deck binder, but
couldn't find it. Basically it has pages that are waiting to be used,
like diary pages etc.) And pages currently in use are in, of course, my
This system of moving pages through
the three binders (waiting to be used, currently in use, and archived)
means I know where to find all my pages all the time! Hooray!
Have you recently returned to any previous Filofax habits?
And as always on Fridays, feel free to discuss and/ or ask anything ring-binder related!