18 October 2018

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 80

Do you have too many planners? 

Do you have too many planners? Should you be concerned about owning too many? Would you be more productive with less? Meeting Steve.

If you have ideas for future episodes, please send them to steve at philofaxy dot com

Show Notes (timings approximate)
00:00 - Introductions.
03:00 - Collecting.
05:30 - The perfect planner system.
06:00 - The Holy Grail of planner set ups.
07:30 - Changes in life, lead to a change to your planning requirements.
08:30 - Is the size right.
09:00 - Don't buy anything until you have tested it.
11:00 - Hitting goals and milestones independently of your planner issues.
12:30 - Diminishing returns.
14:30 - Eureka moments.
15:45 - Philofaxy inserts.
17:00 - Getting a return from your investment in different planners.
19:00 - Discontinued diary inserts.
21:00 - Learning to create your own inserts.
23:00 - Getting carried away with purchasing matching everything.
24:00 - The number of planners in use at any one time.
25:30 - Reducing the number of planners you own.
26:30 - Making them work for you.
27:30 - The close encounter...
29:30 - The meeting Steve protocol!

Episode 80 - Do you have too many planners?

A direct download is also available here: Episode80.mp3

Show notes: A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf

NB: A5 is in A4 format so it can be scaled to suit A5 or A6 size. Personal is for printing direct on Personal size paper.

Presenters - Karine Tovmassian and Steve Morton
Editing and production - Steve Morton

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Karine: PlannerologyThroatPunchResumes.comKarine Tovmassian (IG)
Steve: Philofaxy, Travellers Notebook Times, Mr Philofaxy (IG)

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Previous Episodes:


79 - Improving Your Planning Productivity - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
78 - Ten reasons why you have stopped planning - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
77 - Letting Your Planner Take The Strain - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
76 - The Franken Flex - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
75 - Decluttering - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
74 - Engagement - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
73 - Reflection and Review - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
72 - Organisation - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
71 - Clarification - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
70 - Capture - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
69 - How to do nothing - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
68 - Changes - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
67 - Tones versus Pulses - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf


66 - Planning and Execution - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
65 - The Power of Habit - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
64 - Planning for the end of the year - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
63 - Planning For Unexpected Life Events - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
62 - Staying in two sizes of planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
61 - Staying in one size of planner. - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
60 - Functional Planning - Macro and Micro Planning - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
59 - PlannerCon Europe - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
58 - Speeding up by slowing down - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
57 - To Do Lists and Diary Pages -  A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
56 - Hints and Tips on making planner videos - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
55 - Keeping up to date - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
54 - Interview with Jennifer Powell at PlannerCon - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
53 - Conferences and Meet Ups - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
52 - The Magic of Contextualising Your Life - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
51 - Guest Interview - Rose Orchard - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
50 - Organising your significant other - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
49 - Creating the ultimate planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
48 - Getting past New Years resolutions - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
47 - How to understand being a planner newbie - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
46 - Buying and Selling 101 - A5 docx pdf Personal docx pdf
45 - A5 or A6 - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
44 - End of Year - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf


43 - Digital Planning vs Analogue Planning - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
42 - Planning vs Organising - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
41 - Short and Long Term Planning - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
40 - Good and Bad Planner Habits - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
39 - Tackling Planner Size Change - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
38 - Self-Improvement or Personal Development - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
37 - What is productivity anyway - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
36 - The Planner Community - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
35 - Wellness Planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
34 - Listeners Question - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
33 - Pens and other writing instruments - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
32 - Proper storage, care and shipping of planners, rings etc - A5 docx pdf Personal docx pdf
31 - Guest Interview - Louise Umeki - Plannercon 2017 - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
30 - Form Following Function -  A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
29 - Seasonal To Do Lists - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
28 - Making and keeping annual goals - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
27 - Organising the family - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
26 - Guest interview - Theresa Hall - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
25 - Guest interview - Ray Blake - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
24 - Defining the important things from the urgent things - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
23 - Guest interview with Rita Sedani - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
22 - Printing your own inserts - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
21 - How to derail your planning system by over thinking - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
20 - Digital devices/services and your analogue planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
19 - What To Keep In Your 'Others' Tab - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
18 - Zombie Apocalypse Preparation - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
17 - Managing Finances In Your Planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
16 - Planning for those of us who actually can't live without planning, with guest co-host Carie Harling - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
15 - Automation NirvanaA5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
14 - Work Life Balance and Your Planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
13 - GTD Productivity And Using Your Paper Planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
12 - Job Seeking and Keeping - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
11 - Planner Fail -  A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
10 - Planner Hacks - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
9 - Planner Planning - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
8 - Choosing Inserts - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
7 - How do you carry your planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
6 - Planners on the go - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
5 - Why would you pay more than the price of a Filofax? - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
4 - Using Your Planner To Create Permanent Habit Changes - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
3 - Getting on with two or more planners - A5 docx pdf Personal docx pdf
2 - Where to start your planning journey and why - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
1 - What size and why....  - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf

17 October 2018

Web Finds - 17 October 2018

So I hope you have had a good weekend.

So now it is time to enjoy a great collection of blog posts and videos from around the internet.

Here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. October 2018 Planner Setup in Personal Rings - Carie Harling
  2. My October Setup: Using Plan2Create Inserts - Brandy Michelle Plans
  3. Custom van der spek senior (A6) - tnsandplannerfun
  4. October Planner Update and Plan With Me | Kendra Bork - Kendra Bork
  5. How I Setup My Gillio Pocket Compagna - Seaweed Kisses
  6. Vlogtober: Pocket Finsbury Filofax Flip Through. Minimalist & Functional Planning| Krystal's Couture - Krystal's Couture
  7. The Budget Book: My Filofax Sidekick - Accio Bujo
  8. Pocket Filofax Saffiano - October Setup - Planning_n_Journaling
  9. Vintage Beach Filofax - Altered Planner - Mrs Cog
  10. Filofax Kalenderdekoration | meine Geburtstagswoche  | sarahmaryslifeinpictures - sarahmaryslifeinpictures
  11. Filofax Malden Comparison - Aqua -v- Kingfisher Blue - Pretty Filo Creations
  12. Filofax notebooks - sofia Cherradi
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16 October 2018

Free For All Tuesday - No. 402

So what questions or discussion points have you got for us today?

It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or a more experienced user of organisers, we want to hear your thoughts, questions, opinions etc.

Make today the one day you post a comment or a question.

It is Tuesday after all so fire away.

15 October 2018

Guest Post: Filofax Scanda Brown Personal - by Jürgen Henk

Thank you Jürgen for this guest post about his Filofax Scanda

"For the style-savvy male, Scanda's vintage leather and cool closure make it a must. Subtly distressed cracked leather with a belt-like closure, contrast stitching and luxury cream  stationary.“ (US Filofax catalogue 2011)
If you are a guitar player you might have come across a recent trend of artificially aged and distressed electric guitars. Master builders use their expertise to decorate new guitars with scratches, abrasions, dents, rusty screws, sun-tanned varnish, etc. to make a new guitar appear like an old one.

It seems that Filofax followed this trend, but only for a short period. According to filowiki, the Filofax Scanda was introduced in 2011 in two flavours: black with white contrast stitching and brown with blue contrast stitching, available only in Personal. It was apparently offered for only one year and, thus, seems to be quite rare.

I have owned the brown Scanda for a few weeks, which my wife ebayed me as a birthday gift. It came in the original box with cotton cream inserts and dividers as well as a brown page marker. The price tag on the box is EUR 149 (the US catalogue states 120 US-Dollars), which is expensive for a binder in Personal size — maybe that is one reason why the Scanda was so rapidly removed from sale. My Scanda hibernated for seven years; so I have an unused "new old stock" binder with a subtle beautiful smell of leather.

The Scanda feels soft because of the padded front and back, it is a real pleasure to hold. Its distressed look suggests a heavy and robust binder; however, it is surprisingly lightweight. This maybe attributed to the leather that seems to be quite thin, thinner than that of the heavy-weight champions Hamilton or Kendal. Time will tell how robust the Scanda actually is.

Blue contrast stitching on the spine.

The blue contrast stitching is unique and looks in my opinion "gorgeous" (to quote Jamie Oliver). I like it better than the white stichting of a black Hamilton or the tone on tone of a brown Kendal.

Front with belt-like closure strap. The leather is nicely cracked.

Instead of a popper closure the Scanda comes with a belt-like closure. The useless holes suggest that the strap was actually made from a narrow belt. The strap itself is rather stiff and keeps the binder closed without any problems.

Left interior: pen loop with Derwent Precision 0.7 mm pencil, 3 x 2 credit card pockets plus one full-size pocket, glossy embossing. Note that the leather is not crackled on the inside.

The interior layout is rather conventional. On the left you find 3 x 2 horizontal credit card pockets and one full-size pocket. The pen loop is quite narrow, much narrower than that of a Hamilton, and it is gusseted. My Derwent Precision 0.7 mm pencil fits perfectly.

On the right you’ll find a single gusseted full-size pocket and another pen loop. Front and back pen loops are of identical width, which in my opinion is ill thought through — one wide and one narrow loop would be more practical.

"Flat" Scanda. Ball pen: Tornado "Albert" by Retro 1951, with equations from Einstein’s theory of special relativity, the perfect pen for the theoretical physicist.

The back and front of the binder are rather stiff, no comparison with the floppiness of a Malden. It lays almost flat out of the box, so no need for 'training'.

Inner layout. The ring mechanism is covered with leather. Gusseted full-size pocket on the right.

The rings are 23 mm wide and riveted, as usual for newer binders (e.g. Maldens, in contrast to older Hamiltons or Kendals). Another unique feature of the Scanda is that the ring mechanism is covered with leather.

Quite a number of Filofax binders got their names from places in the UK, Balmoral or Kendal to name at least two. But Scanda? Does anyone know the origin of this name?

In sum, the Scanda is both conventional (layout) and unconventional (distressed leather, strap closure, high price). I like it very, very much and it is now my constant companion. I am fond of used things. Thus, I never protect my binders. Scratches, dents, and bleachings tell a story, exhibit transience and imperfection (confer the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi).

Brown Scanda, a revelation of beauty.