22 March 2018

Guest Post - It’s All A Matter of Space and Time - Helen

Thank you to Helen Fennell in to this insight on how she uses a pocket size planner. 

I had already decided on the title of this post before the sad death of Professor Stephen Hawking. I wondered about changing, but kept it, not because I have any idea as to how he organised his life, but because I am a great admirer of his work, although I don’t pretend to understand much of it.

So, what is this post all about? Not cosmology you will be pleased to hear. I am in my fifth year of using a pocket Moleskine planner*, and I often get asked why I use something so small, and how I manage it. I have written a couple of times about it over on Plannerisms here and here. I need something small that I can carry everywhere, and I will admit that I work it hard, using every part of it I can.

At the end of 2017 I was mulling over moving up to the large size Moleskine, and as thought more about it I realised that using the pocket size had one huge advantage I hadn’t realised before… it stops me from overbooking myself. There isn’t room for me to put in more than I can actually do. This might seem like a disadvantage, what about writing down all the things I need to do? Well, they get stored elsewhere and I pick from that list as to what to do each day. I know if I fill up the daily space in planner, with to-dos or appointments, then that’s it. I am not likely to be able to fit in anything else without much wailing, moaning and gnashing of teeth. So you can see, my planning is based on the relationship between space and time.

Depending on what your day’s look like, perhaps lots of small things, a few very large items, or something in between, have you tried setting up your planner such that you can’t possibly overwhelm yourself on a day to day basis?

*Am I allowed to say that on this site?!

Thank you Helen, I'm sure we can translate your thoughts and ideas to Filofax Pocket Size. 

21 March 2018

London Meet Up March 2018.

I am just travelling back from a weekend in London. A weekend with very unseasonal weather unfortunately... snow in March? !

However the poor weather did not stop 13 keen Filofax users from gathering in London, including Danielle from Paris and Ana Maria from Malaga in Spain, which makes my journey look a bit like a ‘walk in the park’!!

Sadly due to the poor weather and the number of people dropping out I had to cancel the Bath meet up on the Sunday. 

But back to Saturday, it was a cold day with some snow showers, so not ideal weather for walking around. 

It was also great to have new people attending as well as past attendees at the meet up. London remains a popular venue for meet ups.

We had a visit from a journalist who is writing an article for PC Pro magazine about people who prefer 'analogue' planning, analogue (film) photography, and old fashioned board games. Dave rang me earlier in the week for a 'quick 10 minute interview about organisers'.... 45 minutes later he asked if he could come along on Saturday to meet other organiser fans! 

It was great to have lots of conversations around the tables. There were five of us in the small group who had attended PlannerCon Europe back in October so it was great to meet up again. 

The story of the day is best told in pictures. Thank you to Jené for the additional photos. 

I let the train take the strain this time, it was a relaxing journey via SNCF and Eurostar

Ian, Danielle and Max in conversation

Darren and Ana Maria

Jacqui, Ana Maria and Sara

Stephanie, Lilly and Sara

Jené and Tim
A stack of organisers!

Sara, Lily and Stephanie 

Steve being asked 'Can I change these rings?' !

After the lunch a few of us battled through the cold weather to visit Muji and Paperchase. 

Paperchase didn't have any of their own brand organisers on the shelves, may be they sold out in the New Year. They had a small display of Filofax organisers and inserts on the 1st floor. 

Thank you to everyone that attended the meet up... 'When is the next one?' Most probably in the Autumn. 

20 March 2018

Web Finds - 20 March 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. Pocket Malden 2018 Setup - One Fantastic Find!
  2. 2018 Planner System - Ink Imperfections
  3. Quick tour of my personal planner | Van Der Spek 30mm - Letters Lipsticks Lists
  4. Gillio Medium Black Mat Croco Campagna Planner Setup - StarFireDigitals
  5. PLAN WITH ME | Personal / Medium kikki.K Planner | March 19-25 | "Love Life" - ms.paperlover
  6. Обзор моего ежедневника на кольцах | Filofax Personal | Kikki k Medium - NewOrg2Day
  7. Gillio A6 Rings Compagna Aubergine Croco Flip Through - banana.plans
  8. Planners 2018 Hobonichi Weeks, Gillio Black Croco A6, VDS Noir & Gillio Red Croco Mia Cara Pocket - Mod Planner Girl
  9. Van der Spek Junior Touch Me Pocket Planner walk-through - One Fantastic Find!
  10. My planner, a tragic video. Watch anyway. | Van Der Spek Standard 30 mm - Letters Lipsticks Lists
  11. Functional Plan With Me Personal Filofax 3/12/18 - 3/18/18 - PlansMeetPaper
  12. Filofax Pocket Setup - Nefertiti Gets Creative
  13. Filofax Malden personal MAGYAR - Selyemakác
  14. Распаковка ежедневника Gillio Compagna Unboxing | Filofax | Personal - NewOrg2Day
  15. Set up Filofax Malden или как я распланировала домашние дела - Marina total verplant
  16. Mon planner filofax A5 rose - Gioa Gioa
  • For tips on how to improve your videos, please see this post.  Also this video too Webfinds 
  • Your Filofax/Organiser Videos could appear in this list, just contact philofaxy at gmail dot com to be added to our monitoring list. 
My Week Posts
  1. My week #10 - She's Eclectic
  2. Week-In-Review - Week of March 16, 2018 - My Great Challenge
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Free For All Tuesday - No. 372

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