24 June 2021

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 114 - Habit Tracking

Habit Tracking 

We were looking into habit trackers a few weeks ago and I commented to Karine that if you put 'Habit Tracker' into the search box in the app store you get flooded with results. All for different purposes. 

We quickly agreed that using your paper planner would be so much easier and simpler than using a bunch of different apps for tracking different things. 

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Show Notes (timings approximate)
00:00 - Introductions.
01:00 - The Hippy returns!
02:00 - Videos we will be referencing (see below) 
02:20 - The Franklin Planner system
03:00 - Habit tracking on paper rather than digital. 
03:45 - Why are you tracking and why are you tracking. 
04:00 - So many 'habit tracker' do many to choose from. 
06:00 - Tracking progress of work tasks
07:00 - Using the referencing of information to remember when something happened.
08:00 - Tracking more than just work and health activities. 
09:00 - Tracking education activities. 
10:30 - Keep digital reminders but transfer them to your paper planner weekly. See Episode 113
11:30 - Yearly/Monthly/Weekly/Daily entries
14:30 - Yearly/Monthly blocks of time, Weekly slightly more detail, Daily the fine detail.
16:30 - The risk of using more than one app, less likely to be overlooked.
18:30 - Steve's monthly use. 
20:00 - Using daily inserts can be too intensive for some people.
21:00 - Tracking for goal tracking.
22:00 - Using a daily planner as a journal to record what happened. 
23:30 - Your planner/journal will keep you honest!
25:00 - Using colours to add context.
26:45 - You control the planner not the planner controlling you. 
28:00 - Find your own best fit. 


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

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Karine: PlannerologyThroat Punch Resumes, IG: Karine Tovmassian
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Previous Episodes:


113 - Update and Tasks (short episode)
112 - Turning any planner in to a productivity planner
111 - The Pocket Planner - The most underrated size?
110 - Your Life All in One Place
109 - Project Planning: From Start to Finish
108 - How to Plan for 2021 despite 2020

107 - Questions and Answers Session for Steve and Karine.
106 - Practical ways to get yourself out of a funk while using your planner.
105 - Time Management for those that are being managed by time.
104 - Planning for a medical emergency.
103 - Trust the process.
102 - The Return.
101 - The Mighty Little Checklist: The Unsung Hero of Success
100 - What do we use every day?
99 - Some Day May Be
98 - Transform Your Productivity
97 - Getting out of Stuck


96 - Minimalist Planning.
95 - How to take your planning to the next level.
94 - Mission and Vision Statements
93 - How to plan your year in advance
92 - Workflows
91 - How to plan in a week that is already a busy one.
90 - Avoiding mistakes in planning
89 - Refocus
88 - When Your Plans or Goals Don't Work Out
87 - Decluttering Your Life - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
86 - Accessories for your Planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
85 - Journaling -  A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
84 - Workflows - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf


83 - Routines - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
82 - Productivity 201 - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
81 - Planner Sizes - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
80 - Do you have too many planners? - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
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


23 June 2021

Video Web Finds - Wednesday 23 June 2021

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. Review - Filofax Personal Portland Grand. - Flatability
  2. Updated Flip - Gillio Medium XL - Monique Smith
  3. Franklin Covey Alivia Binder in Sky Blue review! - BuySellPlan
  4. A VAN DER SPEK surprise - Tilted Tierra with Melissa Reeves
  5. Van Der Spek Custom A6 Foresta Croco - A Life by Angi M
  6. Planner Flip | VDS Senior Undyed | A6 Planner | Functional Planning | Plan With Bee - Plan With Bee
  7. VDS Pockt Flip - Melinda Naber (ShesGottaPlan)
  8. Set My Planner Up With Me | Refreshing My Planner & My Process For Setting It Up - Vienna Ortiz
  9. June Flip Through | VDS TM Perle | Personal Rings - Tiffany’s Plans
  10. Weekly Plan With Me on a Monday Night - GanchiPlans
  11. Setup Compact Travel Filofax & What’s In My Travel Backpack - Monique Smith
  12. How To Plan Daily - Tonya Plans
  13. Smythson panama organizer v Louis Vuitton pocket agenda (with Smythson diaries for both) - My.Stationery. Love
  14. PLAN WITH ME | Week of June 21-27 | SMPlans Weekly Insert - Tiffany’s Plans
  15. Quick Update - Pocket Rings & Moterm Personal Car Planners - Monique Smith
  16. Plan with Me! Week of June 21st in my Frankllin Covey Alivia Binder - BuySellPlan
  17. Hobonichi Cousin & Rings 2021 Functional Planning System | Rings Setup - PlanTheGrind-SarahWheeler
  18. Personal Foxy Fix Rings - Franklin Covey, Personal Wide and B6 Inserts - Monique Smith
  19. Franklin Planner Classic Alivia Binder unboxing and Gingham Gardens weekly layout and accessories - Tanya at Mom’s Small Victories
  20. Gillio Medium Compagna/personal ring planner flip - June 2021 - breezyplans
  21. Разделители в планер Filofax personal Fluro pink - Lisenok Li
  22. Filofax Mini Malden Navy | Mini 5/Micro 5 Planner Setup - Job's Journal
  23. Pocket Filofax Finsbury Setup - Monique Smith
  24. Моя не совсем удачная покупка // Новый Filofax - Ksenia Brigness
  25. Setting Up My Erin Condren A5 Agenda | Planner Move In - A Novel Plan
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22 June 2021

Free For All Tuesday - No. 542

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.

21 June 2021

Buying and Selling Organisers

There are so many more places these days to buy and sell organisers. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages as well as successes and risks. 

In the last 10 years or so I’ve been involved in a few of the sales groups on Facebook as well as looking after our own Adspot page here on Philofaxy. 

Through that experience I have seen a lot of things that have led to issues with sales. To make sure these issues don’t reoccur we have had to revise our guidelines and rules, these are to protect both parties, the seller and the buyer. 

If you are selling on Facebook or any other site make sure you follow the rules of sale on which ever site/group. On Facebook we have tried to make the rules similar on each of the planner sales groups, but there might be some minor differences. 

Always take plenty of photographs of the item, showing all sides of the planner, front back and inside and out. Include a name and date tag somewhere in your photos, this proves you own the item you are selling and when the photos were taken. 

Remove all paperwork from the pockets and move the name/date tag to different parts of the planner so that you might repeat some photos with it in different positions. 

Make sure the photos you submit are the correct way around, you don’t want potential buyers (and the admins) getting neck ache looking at your photos. 

In the description of the article include details such as smell, is your house a smoking house as leather absorbs cigarette smoke very easily and it is impossible to remove. Likewise if any perfume has been sprayed on the item or pets have been near the item. Note it all in your advert. 

Try to include details like you have owned it from new. If you have the original sales invoice include that in the sale, this can be a requirement if there is a warranty from the original supplier. 

Be careful about using phrases like ‘Brand New’ ‘Never used’ especially if your photos show otherwise. 

Point out any known defects in the leather or the rings, any pen marks etc. 

As a seller if you have someone interested in your item check out the buyer as much as possible. Before they have paid you ask them for their name and address. Check out that address, make sure it actually exists, that it isn’t a forwarding service or similar. These can be problematic if the item is damaged in transit between the destination address you were given and the real address of the buyer. 

Remember PayPal tends to side with the buyer not the seller in any disputes and so you can lose not only the item you have posted but also your money. 

Always over pack the item with plenty of padding around the organiser, remove any inserts from the rings, use a strong box not just a paper/plastic wrapping. Yes it might cost a little more, but you should reflect the true cost of postage and packing in your price of the item. 

Take photos of the item as it is packed, and send them to the buyer so they can see how to get in to the package when it arrives! People must curse me when they receive one from me, I was trained by the UK Foreign Office…. don’t you know!!!!

Buyers…. When you receive a parcel inspect the package before you sign for it. If it is damaged or wet do not accept it. Don’t be tempted to open it, doing so counts as accepting it in what ever condition it is in and voids the insurance on the item. 

When paying via PayPal always pay via Goods and Services. Yes the seller will have to pay a small fee, but you gain protection should the item fail to arrive or is damaged on arrival or not as described. You lose all of that protection if you pay by ‘Friends and Family’ It is important that the seller pays the fees, they can’t ask the buyer to pay the fees on top of the item price as it is against the PayPal terms and conditions to do that.  

Timely communications help both the buyer and seller. Don’t advertise something if you are about to go away on holiday and you don’t have the item with you! Delays in replying lead to suspicions that the buyer has been scammed. Keep your communications simple, remember the other party might not speak/read your language. 

The overall success of your sales is dependent on many factors. Get it right and your item will sell quicker than you imagined, you will not be stressed out by the experience and you will get a great item for the money or the money if you are selling to spend on another item. 

Good luck. 

19 June 2021

Web Finds - Saturday 19 June 2021

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 12 June 2021
  2. Silent Sunday
  3. Your Filofax for foreign language learning.
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 541
  5. Video Web Finds - Wednesday 16 June 2021
  6. Opening and Closing Your Organiser Rings Correctly
  7. Free For All Friday - No. 658 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. Let’s talk about Tomoe River’s future… - Rediscover Analog
  2. Planner Quote: June 14, 2021 - FranklinPlanner Talk
  3. Favorite brands with functional sticker books for planning and bullet journaling - All About Planners
  4. GTD and Teams - Getting Things Done
  5. Link Love: Tomoe on our Minds - The Well-Appointed Desk
  6. Flag Day - FranklinPlanner Talk
  7. 5 Common Planning Mistakes Keeping You From Being #ProductiveAF - Strange & Charmed
  8. Why 2021 is the year of the long-term planner - Milligram - All
  9. Episode #110: GTD on KQED - Getting Things Done
  10. Appreciating Dads - FranklinPlanner Talk
  11. Web Finds – 16 June 2021 - Travellers Notebook Times
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18 June 2021

Free For All Friday - No. 658 by Anita

Due to some recent changes in family commitments, my faithful Kensington is definitely helping to keep me sane currently! As I'm needing to share paperwork with family, I'm uploading documents to Google drive, but my Filofax is my central hub in helping me to keep track of progress on different things. I'm keeping it simple by just making lists and doing regular brain dumps to ensure that nothing gets forgotten. Therefore, I'm feeling quite relaxed currently as I'm just chipping away at my list, which means that I'm not feeling overwhelmed. 

Have you been managing any family changes recently by using your organiser more?

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