03 December 2022

Web Finds - Saturday 3 December 2022

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 26 November 2022
  2. Silent Sunday
  3. A Date For Your Diary - Sunday 4 December 2022
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 617
  5. Video Web Finds - Wednesday 30 November 2022
  6. Highlights for November 2022
  7. Free For All Friday - No. 734 by Anita
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. Guided GTD Weekly Review - Getting Things Done
  2. Price increase on main products from January 2 - Blog Vdsshop
  3. Christmas Movies free printable - LAURA JANE CREATIVE
  4. The Franklin Five: December 2022 - FranklinPlanner Talk
  5. PLOTTER Square and Mini 5 Square Refill Memo Pads - PLOTTER USA
  6. Stop Buying Pre-Printed Planner Inserts And Do This Instead To Save Money And Time In 2023! - Strange & Charmed
  7. Episode #183: David Allen talks with Justin Hale of Crucial Learning - Getting Things Done
  8. Taking Control of Your Holidays - FranklinPlanner Talk
  9. My bujo in a Filofaxreddit.com
  10. Link Love: It’s beginning to look a lot like Gift Guide! - The Well-Appointed Desk
  11. Web Finds – 30 November 2022 - Travellers Notebook Times
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02 December 2022

Free For All Friday - No. 734 by Anita

As we're just into the last month of the year, I thought that I'd do a bit of an update about how things are going with my inventory, set up and productivity in general. 

Inventory update

  1. Pocket (A7) Moterm - I was briefly tempted to try pocket as my main planner, but I know that the page size is too small for me. Keeper? No, to be rehomed next year
  2. Lefax City slimline - such a beautiful binder, but personal size is what's best for me. It did work well for a short period, whilst I was clearing a backlog, but once that was reduced, it made sense to move back to the personal with any remaining old notes to process kept in my A to Z section. Keeper? No, gifted to Steve
  3. Personal Kensington - yup, back in my old faithful friend again. Keeper? Haha, can't imagine letting this one get away again 
  4. Custom Van der Spek - holding spare inserts. Keeper? No, to be rehomed next year, as I'm always in my Kensington and it's too beautiful a binder to be just used for spare paper
  5. Vintage non-branded - I love the colour, but again, I find it hard to leave my Kensington. Keeper? Nope, to be rehomed
  6. A5 Original for work - whilst it was great in many ways, I realised that a notebook is easier to write meeting notes in and I don't need to move pages around anyway. Keeper? No, returned to the previous owner
  7. Filofax Billingham - a new (to me) purchase this year, which I need to write a post about.

Set up

As mentioned before, I have two set ups that I use and have been in the simplified version for a number of years now. However, as I'm planning on looking at more personal projects next year, I've decided that I will be changing back to my GTD based one from 1st January. At the most basic, I will have a list of current projects, which I will keep up to date, so that I can easily check if they all have a small next action ready to keep moving them forward. My main goal for my 2023 set up is that it will be consistent, current and context-driven (from Getting Things Done, as per this video). 

Time blocking and WIP list

After working for the same company for 13 years, I finally changed jobs in 2020, which was quite a difference, as I'd gone from working in an office on set hours to a fully flexible home-based role on a zero hours contract. Pretty much all of my work, apart from a tiny amount of admin, is done for individual clients, so it's all about time blocking, which I'm finding a very efficient way of working, plus it helps that there are generally less interruptions at home, compared with my previous office environment. Not only does blocking out time enable my boss to see what I'm up to in my shared Google calendar; it also helps me plan my work and keep track of any clients that I need to give more time to. It has also made me realise that I can get much done in quite a small amount of time, as long as I'm good at keeping track of my progress with a particular task or client. 

So, from this work experience, I have created a new list for my Filofax called Work In Progress, which is aimed at recording where I've gotten to with a task and I'm finding that it's working really well for me. I don't know about you, but I'm normally good at keeping on top of the important stuff, but sometimes the smaller things get a little waylaid when I run out of time and/or energy! I then have to figure out where I'd gotten to, or sometimes I just forget about it all together... The idea with the WIP list is that it's for less important or maintenance jobs that I want to keep momentum on, so that it's super easy to pick up where I left off. It's also working well for larger tasks that I want to break down and say to myself, "Just do five minutes, you can do that".

At the beginning, I write in capitals what the subject or context is, e.g. Philofaxy, Moneywiz (software that we use to track our finances) etc. and then I write what needs to be done after that. Some of the items below are part of a bigger project and could go on my normal next action lists, but I've put them here to remind me of my progress for now. If needed, I will also note what's been done, e.g. for Moneywiz, I've updated the Tesco interest rate, but all the others need doing still and I've done all the vacuuming, except for the lounge and bedroom.  

Well, that turned into a longer post than anticipated, but it's actually helped me to start thinking about 2023 and what I'm already doing that's working well.

Have you anything that you'd like to share about what's been working well for you this year?

And as always on Fridays, please feel free to discuss anything organiser related. I hope that you have a great weekend. 

01 December 2022

Highlights for November 2022

Here are the highlights for last month.

We published the following posts.

General Posts:
Web Finds Posts:

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If you have a guest post idea, please contact steve at philofaxy dot com  or if there is a topic you would like to see us cover or revisit also please contact Steve.

I hope you find this post useful, please let us know in the comments and we will do our best to do a highlights post each month.

Wishing you all the best for this December 2022.

30 November 2022

Video Web Finds - Wednesday 30 November 2022

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. "Green Ink Defiance" - a clip from a future videoFlatability
  2. December Planner Update | Kendra Bork - Kendra Bork
  3. Franklin Covey Inserts in Filofax Holborn - Moniki Lyfe
  4. #PlannerInspiration - Tonya Plans
  5. A question of flatability - a clip from a future video - Flatability
  6. Louis Vuitton Pocket Agenda: Agenda Refill Options & My Final Choice - dr_alvaplans
  7. Gillio Compagna setup UPDATE || Hobonichi weeks in rings! - Kerri Pouliot
  8. PLAN WITH ME | Week of Nov 28 - Dec 4, 2022 | Personal Rings #planwithme - Tiffany’s Plans
  9. Filofax Mail Time #24 - Flatability
  10. December 2022 Franklin Classic Setup! || Ruby Reese Binder! Xmas Setup! - Sandra Dahl
  11. November 28th Plan With Me! Fanklin Covey Compact with Personal Wide Inserts! - BuySellPlan
  12. November '22 Flip Thru!! - Just1Espi
  13. The whole filofax paper recycling thing - Flatability
  14. New bible reviews and a quick flip of my newest VDS A6 planner - Planner fun and inspiration with Melissa
  15. Franklin Classic Plan WIth Me! || Nov. 28th - Dec. 4th, 2022 || Classic Ruby Reese Binder - Sandra Dahl
  16. VDS Custom Pocket Flip Through - withloveallyssa
  17. I'm selling my Omega Agenda - Flatability
  18. Planner Destash - Gillio, VDS, Filofax, Aura estelle & More - She Empowered
  19. VDS Tabac 30mm Moterm Pocket Rings - Moniki Lyfe
  20. Christmas planner | Gillio compagna | A6 rings #shorts - Plan With Tiffanita
  21. Filofax pen holder hack - Flatability
  22. Unstuffing & stuffing Filofax/ Loon November - Life on a Budget
  23. Filofax A7 pocket 分享 - doc1987
  24. Planner Setup for getting things DONE! Updated Filofax Malden flip: MID NOV 2022 - Planning with Chloe
  25. Filofax Forbidden Fruit? I think it is! More details in description // Flatability - Flatability
  26. Enveloppes Budgétaire/qu'est-ce qui me reste dans mon filofax pour finir le mois ?? - Mes économies et défis
  27. Moving from a Filofax Domino to a New Filofax Finsbury. My Set-up - Alice's Life
  28. UNBOXING Black Friday Deal 2022 | Filofax | Folio fluoro pink | Notebook | Familienkalender 2023 - Sunny's Lifestyle
  29. #shorts Moving from Filofax to Moterm Personal - Leigh's Sticki Scribbles
  30. Поменяла разделители в filofax personal Malden - Karina Gley
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29 November 2022

Free For All Tuesday - No. 617

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.

It is Tuesday after all so fire away with any questions and comments.

28 November 2022

A Date For Your Diary - Sunday 4 December 2022

Given the success and the number of people that took part in the recent  'Virtual Meet Ups' we are going to run another one. 

Santa hats optional!

When? - Sunday 4 December 2022 at the following time:
  • Los Angeles 8:00 am, 
  • Denver 9:00 am
  • Dallas 10:00 am, 
  • New York 11:00am, 
  • Moncton 12:00 noon,
  • London 4:00 pm 
  • Paris 5:00 pm etc.  
Do not worry if you aren't available at the start of the session each one lasts 1-2 hours, so pop up when you are available and say hello.

Where? - an on-line chat using Skype. with voice and video (if you wish)

Join the chat here: https://join.skype.com/A85fEyS7HPUP

What do I need? - just a micro-phone and some head phones(in ear phones work fine) and a free Skype account. Using headphones or earphone reduces 'echo' on the call. Video is optional, but a most of us will be on video as well.

Who - All of you... Join the chat here: https://join.skype.com/A85fEyS7HPUP  Come and listen if you don't want to chat.  What do we talk about? Filofax stuff... but anything else as well. It's like long lost friends meeting up for coffee and a catch up.. but don't worry if you have never joined in before... you are an old friend too!

If you have any questions you want to ask then please let us know in the group or before we start.

Come and join in the fun, even if you only pop in to say hello... but don't be afraid to join in the discussion.

If you need any assistance setting up Skype, please pop a comment in this post and I will try and help you get one line. Skype is free for computer to computer calls....

Here is my post on how to improve your Skype audio with headphones or a headset.

Hope to be chatting with you on Sunday 4 December 2022.