13 February 2012

How Do You Use: Week Per Page

So this week let us focus on people that use a 'Week per Page' diary insert or WPP to all Philofaxers!

So the Day per Page, they are standard in most sizes, there are a few variations, some have appointment times, there are some slight variations,  Some have reduced space for Saturdays and Sundays. Some available in cotton cream. Single language, multi language, non-English. So quite a variety in just this one format. There are also Week Per Page plus Notes inserts.

So if you are a WPP person.... how do you use it? Tell us about your use of this format, include links to a Flickr photo if that helps. Include as much or as little detail as you like. Which version of the WPP do you use... etc etc.

The picture is a Personal size WPP I've recently created, it's another one that is in development at the moment. 


  1. Hi everybody, and big thanks for this wonderful blog.
    I use the week per page +notes, size personal, in my slimline filofax, which is my wallet and always stay in my handbag.
    I only take about the three future months, where I keep just few important appointments, or date of travel, reminders... I need to refer when I'm outside.
    On the side "notes", I wrote shopping lists, and phone numbers or informations, I will rewrite in my work (A5) or home (personal) filofaxes (these stay at work and at home).
    I like this format because it's the same space for each days (sunday is on the
    back of the other page), there a big space for instant notes I don't need to keep with my later and will be thrown as soon I archived old weeks.
    I think it's the better set-up for a slimline used as diary-wallet-notepad, which contain also all my papers (ID card, driving license,...), all my cards (credit, social security, fidelity...) in pockets, cards holders and top-opening enveloppes on the rings, and checkbook on the long back pocket. So I need to have the thinner diary part as possible, and this does well.
    (Sorry, don't know if my english is understandable, it's not my native
    language !)

  2. I used to be obsessed with this format using in my A5 (work) Personal (main filo) and Pocket (small handbag/on the go filo)but this year I've been using the W2P standard format diary inserts in my A5 and Personal.

    While in my personal this works brilliantly (and I usually add in a To Do sheet) it was an epic fail in my Work A5 so I'm returning to my WPP with Notes format...I'll take lots of photos later this week as I'm just awaiting the arrival of a new A5 Osterley in Grey (City Organiser and their tremedous discounts strike again!!!) and show you how I use it properly but essentially:

    Appointments / meetings are allocated by day in the diary part and then I use the Notes side for my main key actions and to do's for the week. This is then supplemented by ongoing to do sheets for specific projects etc but it means I can see easily all week my main tasks and priorities.

    I love the template you have designed though that looks awesome can't wait to see what A5 designs you come up with :)


  3. Here's my wishlist (for A5 Filofax):
    Appointments go in the appropriate timeslots. Datespecific Todo's are noted in the specific day space. All other Todo's that have to get done in that particular week, and for which I still need to determine the exact date and time, get noted in a "general task box", divided in "work" and "personal". Plus the Mealplan for dinner has its own slot under the day space.
    Confused much?
    I'm still busy with this, but I'm getting closer and closer!

  4. Ooh - tempting us with some more "Steve and Ray made this" pictures? I would LOVE a week to page plus notes in Personal similar to the ones done for A5....
    I use a WO2P at the moment but have been contemplating moving to a week on one page plus notes for next year (or this year if you guys produces lovely ones!).

  5. I've been thinking about switching to week per page inserts since I use my to-do lists extensively and mostly write in a word or two on the weeklies. This would save me some paper, or I could include more months. Either way it would be space saving. I'd forgetting all about these but I might just place an order right now.

  6. This is me! I have the diary pages interleaved with a To Do page. My work is "self-directed" so most days I don't have anything particular scheduled, so the smaller day slots are just right (I used to use Week on Two Pages when I had more daily appointments). At the beginning of each week I write in my tasks on the To Do list. At the bottom of the To Do list, in the last two slots, I write "gym" and "blog" and draw in the number of boxes for the number of times I want to [post/exercise] in the week. Underneath the day-names (Monday through Saturday) I use the "today" marker to draw a little cross; in the lefthand boxes of this cross I put a "W" and an "S" -- this makes a set of checkboxes for me to note that I have "W"orked on my dissertation and done some "S"piritual reading six days of the week (hence no little cross on Sundays!). Finally, I use a pencil to note down what thing(s) I will work on each day. Sometimes these get noted well in advance, for example if I am making appointments at archives or libraries, and other times I end up just making a decision the night before about what I will do tomorrow.

  7. I used to use the WPP all the time in my personal filo. For many years it was my favourite diary layout and if I ever deviated for a change I always regretted it.

    When I was at uni and studying for other exams after uni I used the WPP with to do lists to manage my assignments, reading requirements, deadlines and exam dates etc. I use to get a real kick out of ticking everything off. I was able to manage my progress and time quite easily and it was great to see everything clearly (deadlines and tasks) without having to flick though pages and pages of diary inserts.

    Since I finished studying I have found that I don't need as much diary space as I don't use my filo for work. So I now use a month on two pages to record headlines, who I am seeing, where and what time. I find I have enough space and love the fact I can see a whole month in one go.

    I still have a WPP diary for 2012 which I use as a journal, jotting down headlines and key thoughts for consideration later and to be updated into my main journal. I have to say having less space stops me rambling so much which is good but sometimes a little annoying. This is the first year I have used my filo for journal notes so I will review the options later in the year and maybe use different pages for this. You never know Filofax may come up with some amazing new inserts for us to use!!

  8. I've been reading this blog for a couple of years and feel I should 'contribute' comment-wise.
    Week per page is the format I'm using on 3 Filofax's. Personal Malden and Mini Malden have proper purposes, and the Pocket Malden is something I'm trying to make work for the n'th time.
    Last year on the Personal, I placed own-dated blank pages between the 2 weeks on show and used these as 'Journal' pages, but you can quickly run out of room in the filo, so this year I use the wpp for planning purposes and have a Day Per Page section separate (about 3 months worth).
    Each day slot (on the week view) I use for hum drum type to-do's etc, and for more important to-do's I insert a Pocket-size To-Do sheet. I prefer to use the smaller size sheets, as this doesn't 'take over' the weekly view as would the full sized personal sheet.
    The Mini is my wallet, and although the day slots are small, they're enough to have with me for on-the-go reference.
    Like I said with the Pocket, I'm TRYING to make a use for it, but find it falling between two stools - paper too small and filo too big for the pocket. But with a blank notepaper inserted within each two weeks and a mini size to-do list there as well, I feel this is a system that could work for some people.
    My other half uses the A5 WPP, but I find the multi-language layout really irritating, and thats the only format available, so, not for me.

    Great blog this. It makes me feel a little less weird, being a bit obsessed with things filofax, when I realise there are so many of you out there!

  9. I've decided to sort of 'micro manage' myself for a while as I don't seem to be making the progress I want. In view of this I've been using the Filofax time management range and I really like the week to view in this range. I have an annual overview in which I have put holidays and such, then a month on two pages where I record birthdays and when we are out and about so I get a birds eye view of the month.

    The week to view allows me to set weekly goals and list all the things I want to get through. I like that I have an overview of the week (the daily page spaces are not very big, but plenty for me as I don't have a lot of appointments). Also a lot of my work is not day critical so having a weekly list is useful as I can just tick it off as I get around to it. I quite like the idea of listing things I want to do the current week and not beating myself up if I don't get things done on specific days.

    I'm debating using a daily page as well for daily todo, but I have to see how I get on.

  10. I recently switched to an A5 for my personal Filo and made myself a Week on One Page. I really like the format. The layout and size is perfect for my current needs! I don't have an extra ToDo or Notes page because I haven't needed it yet. But if I do on a particularly hectic week, I can just pop it in the binder.

  11. I'm brand new to Filofax and have settled on the week to a page + notes layout for now.

    It's not perfect - being multi-lingual and having all those national/religious holidays in the pocket size means some days there's no real room for your own entries. Even on a clear day you only have enough space for a couple of lines of text.

    However, since I'm currently a student with next to no "appointments" outside regular classes, it's very usable. "End of Term", "[Assignment] Deadline", "[Class] Cancelled", "[Name], [Age]" etc. is as much detail as I need for most days. When I need more information, the notes section is plenty of space for me to fill in any relevant times, reference numbers, phone numbers, prices, addresses etc. for complex events, and it means I know exactly where to find this information when I need it thanks to the TODAY book mark (that's why I've never got on with traditional notebooks - I'll jot down all the relevant info and it just gets lost among all the other information in there).

    I also make a note of all the MotoGP, Formula 1, World Rally Championship, British Superbikes, World Superbikes, Speedway Gran Prix and home Speedway meetings. I use abbreviations for each type of event on the relevant day (so I can fit multiples on a single line, which is necessary considering most take place on Sundays!) and then fill in the locations for that week on the notes section.

    I considered using the more spacious week on 2 pages and inserting notepaper inbetween, but with so many meetings on the same days, I'd still need to use a shorthand code so would just end up using loads of notepaper and, on most days, end up with loads of wasted space in the diary itself.

    Overall, I think the layout itself is best for me... if it was English only it would probably be the perfect diary.