09 July 2020

Planning for a medical emergency with your organiser.

Recently I had an unexpected stay in a nearby hospital, not unpleasant by any means, but just unexpected. In fact it was only my third ever stay in a hospital, and the longest as far as I'm aware. My previous hospital stay was back when I was only seventeen! Yes, decades ago.

Add in the fact that this was a French hospital and because of COVID-19 I was on my own, it tested my French language skills quite a bit!.

I quickly realised that without my smart phone to hand, I was lacking certain key information, I eventually did get my phone and my bag etc back again several hours later and I started making notes of the information I couldn't remember when asked by the Doctors and information that would have been useful to have with me in future, so I wouldn't have to attempt to commit it to memory.

So I would assume that I would have to keep this information in the form of a card or a page in my organiser or similar. Depending on how much information you need will decide on what size card/page you use.

Relaxing in the hospital bed all wired up to the heart monitor I came up with the following list:
  • My name, date of birth - basically so if it was found they would know who the information on the card/page referred to.
  • Partners name and mobile phone number - No matter how hard I tried I could not remember Alison's phone number!
  • Current Medication - If you are on regular medication this will help the Doctors, fortunately I had my tablets with me, but I couldn't remember their exact name!
  • Brief medical history - I could remember some information, but not what it was called in English let alone in French... I eventually did remember and the Doctor did a quick Google search on his phone! 
  • Doctors name and contact details - In case the people treating you need to contact them for more details on recent history. 
  • Anything else? - this card/page should be considered to be a live document so it should be reviewed and updated from time to time. 

The card if you can make it say business card/credit card size printed on both sides has the advantage that you could easily carry it in your pocket/wallet all the time. You could also have a page in your organiser holding similar information in more detail.

I've created a simple document for you to download and edit then print out which ever page you want. Cut the page to size and punch it etc. They are all on A4 size but it should work if you resize the page to Letter size.

Download the file here. Card.docx

You can edit the headings to suit yourself.

I hope you never need to use the card/page! Take care and stay healthy.

08 July 2020

Video Web Finds - Wednesday 8 July 2020

So I hope you have had a good weekend.

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

Here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. July Planner Update | Kendra Bork - Kendra Bork
  2. My Thoughts on Moterm Planners - the planner spot
  3. Gillio medium compagna (rosa) flip with cocoa daisy - Stationery Love
  4. Week In The Life | Dutch Young Professional ‍ | Plus- what's in my bag, back to work | vlog 1 - lizzuplans
  5. Why to Limit Your Projects | Kendra Bork - Kendra Bork
  6. Functional Plan With Me || Minimalist Bullet Journal || Personal Rings - Life With MJB
  7. JULY 2020: Gillio Undyed Medium Compagna | LittleRachPlans - LittleRachPlans
  8. Flip through of June 2020 and moving in to a new Malden - Planner mother of 3
  9. A5 Filofax Malden & Daytimer Desk Planner - Monique Smith
  10. Mansorah Atelier - Custom Young Poet Pocket Rings Planner | LittleRachPlans - LittleRachPlans
  11. Что изменилось в моем наполнении // Filofax Chameleon - Ksenia Brigness
  12. My current leather collection-ft Chic Sparrow, Sojourner, Le Right, Filofax and Traveler's company - Lola Mitchell
  13. Personal Filofax Malden Summer Setup - Plan With Me - Ring Planner Flip Through - Sort Stuff Out
  14. Filofax "The Original Organizer" Unboxing & Review - Michelle Miller
  15. Updated Set Up and Flip Royal Blue Gillio Compagna / July 2020 // Pink Planner Girl - Nicola PinkPlannerGirl
  16. Gillio Firenze Double Planner Unboxing: Croco Matte Charcoal! Pocket XL and Medium Copagnas Restock - Fraîche Plans
  17. 2020 July Planner Setup + Flipthrough | Gillio Medium Mia Cara - Sterling Ink
  18. A5 Filofax Original Plans - Life With Shea Rochelle
  19. Erste Jahreshälfte 2020 im FILOFAX - MizziTheCat
  20. Filofax Nude A5 The Original unboxing - Madame Cristina
  21. Daily Morning Routine: A5 Filofax Malden & B6Slim Stalogy - Monique Smith
  22. Setting Up A5 Filofax with Cloth and Paper Inserts - Laura Plans It
  23. Filofax Croc Personal Planner Flip Through | Updated | July #FilofaxCroc - Eat Pray Plan
  24. Unboxing My New Filofax A5 Planner!!!!!!! - Renee Plans
  25. How I plan financially in my Filofax - Julia Miles
  26. Quick Odette Personal Filofax Malden Stone Flip at Port Dickson beach - Nadia Jack
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07 July 2020

Free For All Tuesday - No. 492

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.

We are here to answer your questions.

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

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06 July 2020

My Mum's A4 Graphic - by Anita

My Mum has never been very good at organising her paperwork (I started helping her with it when I was a kid), so when I found a cheap grey A4 Graphic on eBay, she agreed that it could be a useful purchase for her.

I normally prefer leather binders, but I think that the microfibre and faux leather is better, in this case, as it helps to reduce the weight in such a large size.

On the back exterior, there is a full length slip pocket. You wouldn't be able to fit much in it as it's quite tight, but it could be handy for any paperwork that you need quick access to, or as a reminder to do something.

On the inside, you have a number of credit card slots, a smaller slip pocket, two full length slip pockets and space for a notepad. Again, the full length slip pockets are quite tight, so not as useful as they could be as they're not easy to get into.

The Filofax came with a flyleaf and a number of inserts, including expenses sheets, to do list, A to Z and a notepad.

For some one that normally uses personal size, the page sizes seem enormous! (one of my current to do lists for comparison)

Once it arrived, I suggested that Mum started keeping any hospital appointment letters under H in the A to Z.

Initially she started doing this, but ultimately I'm so involved in helping to care for her that it became obvious that it was easier for me to keep her paperwork for her. I did seriously consider setting up the A4 properly for this, but from a practical point of view, it's just too large to want to carry about with you. When she used to have regular appointments, I would pack a bag with my book, snacks for both of us, water bottle, reusable coffee cup etc. I certainly wouldn't want to also be carting about an A4, especially when we might be sitting in a crowded waiting room.

Instead of using the A4, I just have a Mum section in my Kensington's A to Z and any appointments letter are kept in a plastic popper wallet in date order.

Sadly, it means the A4 has been abandoned and is sitting in my Mum's cupboard. I have considered borrowing it for work, but as I have a much smaller desk at home, I think that A5 would be easier to use with less space.

04 July 2020

Web Finds - Saturday 4 July 2020

So I hope you have had a good week. Sorry for the lack of a Web Finds last weekend, this edition will hopefully catch up on ones that would have been in last weekends edition.

So now it is time to enjoy a few blog posts from around the internet,  so grab a drink and make yourself comfortable for our weekly round-up.

Here are some Philofaxy posts you might have missed this week:
  1. Web Finds - Saturday 20 June 2020
  2. Silent Sunday
  3. Guest Post - Pimping my organisers – adding backpa...
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 490
  5. Medical Filofax? - by Laurie
  6. Free For All Friday No 607 by Laurie
  7. Using your Filofax to focus on self care
  8. Silent Sunday
  9. A Date For Your Diary - Sunday 5 July 2020
  10. Free For All Tuesday - No. 491
  11. Video Web Finds - Wednesday 1 July 2020
  12. Highlights for June 2020
  13. Free for All Friday No. 608 by Nan
So here are the latest Filofax and other brand blog posts from around the Internet. Don't forget to leave a comment on the posts you enjoyed reading, all bloggers enjoy getting comments.
  1. Nick Cave’s ring organiser - This Bug's Life
  2. Current Planner Setup for June 22 - 29 - Planner Fun
  3. Preparing For Your Financial Future - FranklinPlanner Talk
  4. Customer review: Pocket Compagna XL - Blog | Gillio
  5. The GTD Approach to Linking Next Actions and Projects - Getting Things Done
  6. How to Set Up Your Planner | Part One - Day Designer
  7. Stationary Memories – Biddles of Guildford - Julie Goucher ~ Anglers Rest
  8. 2021 Planner Launch Update + July Free Planner Insert - Strange & Charmed
  9. Customer review: medium Compagna - Blog | Gillio
  10. The Franklin Five: July 2020 - FranklinPlanner Talk
  11. How to Set Up Your Planner | Part Two - Day Designer
  12. One Book July: Are You Participating? - Planner Fun
  13. Revamp and free printable! - Random Pastimes of a Restless Mind
  14. How to Make the Most of Your Day Designer - Day Designer
  15. And the winners are...! - Planner Fun
  16. Episode #90: The Outdoor Mind Sweep - Getting Things Done
  17. Personalizing my Filofax: Beginner Leather Pyrography - The Rasberry Patch
  18. Current Planner Setup for June 29 - July 5 - Planner Fun
  19. Declutter - The Old Ways - Planner Fun
  20. Link Love: The one with no title - The Well-Appointed Desk
  21. New Janet Leather colour – 111 JL Velvet Nude - Blog Vdsshop
  22. 5 Ways to Make Self-Care Your Top Priority - Day Designer
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03 July 2020

Free for All Friday No. 608 by Nan

Decisions, decisions! For the first time in several years, I've been experiencing the opposite of planner peace - planner chaos!

Here are some of the formats I've used just so far this year. 1. Personal size: 2 pages per day, with 1 week per page for overview 2. Large Moleskine: Horizontal week on 2 pages 3. Half-letter: DayRunner horizontal week on 2 pages 4. Half-letter: Franklin Covey vertical week on 2 pages (bought this and didn't even try it)

Currently, I'm returning to #1, but I'll also have a 1/2 letter book for a month on 2 pages calendar, yearly calendars, and project notes. I find I need both: a detailed, portable solution for each day's schedule as tasks, and a project book for my desk. I guess it's because I'm juggling a bunch of different concerns instead of one full-time job. I usually try to stick with one format for 6 months before changing, so since it's July, I'm going to try to make this work for the rest of the year!

Are you making any changes for the 2nd half of 2020?

Of course, since it's Friday, all ring-bound planner discussion is welcome!