25 June 2022

Web Finds - 25 June 2022

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 18 June 2022
  2. Silent Sunday
  3. Reading
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 594
  5. Video Web Finds - Wednesday 22 June 2022
  6. Vintage non-branded organiser - by Anita
  7. Free For All Friday No 711 by Laurie
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. A New and Smaller World of PLOTTER: Mini 5 Size - PLOTTER USA
  2. Episode #160: GTD Weekly Review 2 - Getting Things Done
  3. Work On Habit 4: Think Win/Win - FranklinPlanner Talk
  4. Which discs are compatible with Plum Paper’s disc punched planners? - All About Planners
  5. A Few Ramblings and a Free Download - Planner + Fun
  6. Progress report: Van Der Spek Mega Codex in Undyed Janet Leather - This Bug's Life
  7. The Franklin Five: July 2022 - FranklinPlanner Talk
  8. Link Love: T Minus 24-Hours Until Pen Show - The Well-Appointed Desk
  9. Web Finds – 22 June 2022 - Travellers Notebook Times
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24 June 2022

Free For All Friday No 711 by Laurie

For the first time in a very long time, I am using my A5 Filofax for all planning.

For many years I used a separate bound weekly planner, so I could have a larger page size in a relatively portable book. Over the past two years when I was at home pretty much all the time, I was free to use a large bound weekly planner, along with my A5 Filofax for monthly and future planning, goals tracking, work planning, and reference. I also used a separate notebook for overspill on busy days, notes, lists, and other jottings.

While I was at home, I didn't mind having a pile of books on my table, each with a different purpose. But last month things started opening back up again, very quickly, and suddenly my system broke down when I needed to use it outside the house. I needed a portable system again.

So I moved everything into my A5 Filofax. I have tried multiple times in the past to use an A5 as my weekly planner, only to have it fail because A5 isn't a big enough page size for everything I need to write every day. I tried using weekly pages plus daily pages, which didn't work either because I was planning in too many places at once.

Now I am using my weekly pages along with undated dot grid pages. I plan on the weeklies, then each day I write my tasks for the day on the undated notes page. This helps me focus on what I need to do today, and gives me unlimited space for any notes that come up during the day.

My current system has several elements of Jotje's system in this popular guest post she did awhile back. I have tabbed sections for monthly pages, weekly pages, daily pages, lists (where I keep my categorized task lists), notes (where I can jot quick notes then move them to where they need to be later), personal, work, family, and reference. 

Now I am enjoying having all my planning in one (relatively) portable book, with just one book to reach for throughout the day. 

Has your planning system changed recently?

And as always on Fridays, feel free to ask and/ or discuss anything Filofax related!

23 June 2022

Vintage non-branded organiser - by Anita

Due to family commitments, I haven't had much spare time for a while, so consequently I now have a backlog of posts to write!

I rarely visit eBay these days, but I did have a bit of a nose last year and managed to pick up this little non-branded bargain and was surprised that there were no other bids. And as some of you might know, I have a liking for red binders...  

When it arrived, it was clear to me that it needed a good clean and the leather definitely appreciated a good coating of Lord Sheraton leather balsam. The leather is good quality and has a nice smooth finish in this lovely bright red colour. 

There is no brand name, but inside it says 'Genuine leather, made in England'. It doesn't have Krause rings, but they open and close with a healthy snap. Whilst it's not a Filofax, I tend to call it a 'Winchester-alike' as you can see that the design is quite similar. Like the Winchesters, it has also lost the popper cover on top. 

Inside on the left, there is is one full length slip pocket, with a further two shorter pockets. On the right, there is a full length gusseted pocket with a small pen loop.  

I've previously owned a couple of Winchesters, but have sold them as ultimately I'm not a fan of the harder leather. As you can see from the photo below, this leather is much more supple and will easily bend back on itself, without causing any issues. 

As I normally do, I asked the eBay seller if they knew anything about its history and she confirmed that she'd bought a couple of these leather binders from a secondhand stall at a show about 20 years ago. When it arrived, it had some old non-branded inserts and a Filofax ruled dated 1989. 

In comparison with my Kensington - squarer spine, like the Winchesters tend to have:

It's a wonderful binder, which potentially could've been a prototype or just a copycat design made by an English company. Considering its age, it looks like either the leather is quite hardwearing or it's not had much use over the years.

22 June 2022

Video Web Finds - Wednesday 22 June 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. Filofax Malden Flipthrough #personalrings #filofax - Monique Smith
  2. June Planner Check-In | Pocket Rings - Thoughts Along Life's Highway
  3. Social Media Planner - rledzn
  4. I tried bullet journaling for 30 days - Matt D'Avella
  5. A5 Planner - this week's spread - Samantha Gibson- Choose_Your_Planning
  6. Planner Flip Through // I removed half the contents of my planner - the planner spot
  7. 3 of My Favorite Planner Inserts in 2022 | MadyPlans - MadyPlans
  8. Rolling Weekly Plan With Me || GanchiPlans Printables - GanchiPlans
  9. Week of June 13th set up in my Franklin Covey Compact! - BuySellPlan
  10. Van Der Spek Senior Tapestry Ostrich X With Barbie Nappa - Nekolassa
  11. Franklin Plan With Me || June 20th - 26th, 2022 || New!! Big Life Announcement!! - Sandra Dahl
  12. Plan With Me | Week Of June 20 - 26, 2022 | Personal Rings - Tiffany’s Plans
  13. When you have not used your planner in days - Tonya Plans
  14. Plan with me for June 20 to the end of July 2022 - From knowing nothing to knowing a whole lot! - The Unplanned Life
  15. Plan with Me! Week of June 20th in my Pale Pink Franklin Covey Anna Binder! - BuySellPlan
  16. Reference Planner flip (personal wide) - InitialPlans
  17. Current Set Up // Planner Flip Through //Gillio Medium Compagna - RenĂ©e P.
  18. Plan with me in my Franklin Covey Compact! #buysellplan #franklincovey #functionalplanning - BuySellPlan
  19. UPDATE: I tried a personal sized planner. Filofax Saffiano Compact Flip - Planning with Chloe
  20. Plan With Me: June 13-19 in My Tiny A9 Moterm Rings - Plan Read Craft
  21. Back to Basics: Tips for Setting Up a Minimal Ring Planner | A5 Filofax Finsbury - Cindy P
  22. VDS Unboxings: Janet Leather Beauties - dr_alvaplans
  23. Updating my Monday in my Franklin Covey Classic! #buysellplan #functionalplanning #franklincovey - BuySellPlan
  24. ASMR August Fill-In / Filofax Pocket Planner - Rosa Palomino
  25. Filofax Pocket Rings Planner Setup 6.20.22 - Louise Flores
  26. Plan With Me | Filofax A5 Planner - Mommy Lhey
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21 June 2022

Free For All Tuesday - No. 594

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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.

20 June 2022


During the extremely hot weather we have been having here in South West France these last few days, I've been catching up with some reading. 

Going outside even just to check for post was quite exhausting. Whilst it was 40 degrees outside I was keeping cool and calm indoors at temperatures no higher than 27 degrees, drinking plenty of plain water!. 

I'm not a very fast reader, but I do enjoy a good crime novel. I've read my wife's first crime thriller Double Identity which was very good (she wasn't standing over my shoulder while I wrote that!!) 

I'm also a big fan of Michael Connelly and his books about Harry Bosch and LAPD Homicide Detective and also Mickey Haller a defence attorney. 

It was his books I needed to sort out, they have been written over a long period of time since 1992, and his Wikipedia Page has a detailed chart of the books when they were published and the characters in them. What I didn't know was, have I read them all, and in what order! 

Now I know that there is bound to be 'an app for that' in my case it was 'I'm sure I have a template file for that

Of course we do... here!

A5 Templates:
Personal Templates:
I printed off a few these sheets for A5 and started on checking off the books. Fortunately I only discovered a couple I've missed off my reading journey which I will add to my Kindle in due course. 

What books have you read recently?