30 November 2016

The New Van der Spek Touch Me Range Has Arrived!

Petra Van der Spek was proud to announce today that the new Touch Me range of organisers are now available on the VdS Shop website.


To the keen eyes amongst you there are some improvements to the design:

  • Better leather has been used across the whole range
  • On the Junior size (FF Pocket) they now have 20 mm rings fitted 
  • On the Senior (A6), Standard (Personal) and Manager (A5) they now all come with two pen loops as standard. 
  • Ring sizes on these sizes haven't changed: Senior (A6) 20mm or 25mm, Standard (Personal) 25mm or 30mm and Manager (A5) 35mm. All using Krause rings of course. 
Here are the leathers the Touch Me range are available in. 

L-R: Noir(Black), Gris-Blue, Blue de France, Tabac, Menthe
The Touch Me organisers are great value for money with a wonderful interior layout which includes a full width back pocket, plenty of pockets and secretarial pocket too and a zipped pocket as well. 

The Touch Me Nomad Travellers Notebook covers and Touch Me Writing Cases will also be available on the website soon. 

Full details of the range is now on the Van der Spek website

Philofaxy Meet Up - London - November 2016

This last weekend I was in London for another Philofaxy meet up. It is a year since the last one in UK.

It was great to see some new people and a few of the old fans who have been before. We met at the usual restaurant close to Oxford Circus which is our long term favourite as it is easy to get to and there are some reasonable shops near by too.

We stayed in the restaurant for much longer than normal, but it was great because everyone got a chance to talk to everyone else and that is the main reason for these social occasions.

I was travelling light so I only had one organiser with me plus my leather samples case! But there were plenty of other organisers to look at and admire, some unusual less common ones too. Most brands were represented too Filofax, Van der Spek and Gillio and a couple of others.

After the meal we took a walk to Muji, Tiger and Paperchase. I was slightly disappointed that Paperchase didn't have the full range of their own inserts on sale, but not to worry.

Paperchase still had a separate display of some Filofax models and inserts up on the first floor. But of course Christmas decorations and gifts were the main items on sale! Paperchase have a wide range of pre-printed pads for tasks and shopping lists in A5 size that you could punch and use in an organiser easily.

Thank you to Jené for taking some additional pictures. I got talking too much!

Nia and Derek

Tim and Max


Karina, Karen and Lily


Louise




Nia, Rose, Jacqui, Emma





Thank you to everyone that came along on the day. I hope to be back in UK in early 2017 for another visit and meet up.

29 November 2016

Web Finds - 29 November 2016

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.

So here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Setup Filofax Duck Egg Original Personal - Winter - Diamondis Creativ
  2. Unboxing Filofax malden purple a5 reoladed - Francy Guids
  3. Filofax Domino pocket распаковка - Helen Feko
  4. Planner Unboxing and Review | Filofax 2017 Personal | Amethystra Bits - Amethystra Bits
  5. Planner Comparison - Filofax VS WP Color Crush | MyCraftyFox - MyCraftyFox
  6. Filofax Bullet Journal Key (deutsch) - Heike Relleomein
  7. DIY Tutorial Filofax, Planner - Fuse Tool Shaker - Pocket - Diamondis Creativ
  8. Haul // Accessori Filofax A5 // Organizzazione agenda lavoro - D Mylasteureka
  9. What I'm using this week. Filofax and Travelers Notebooks - Rita Weaver
  10. November Favorites (Beauty, Kikki K Filofax Planners) - misshollyho
  11. Filofax Malden - Waaruum
  12. Setup with me // Filofax Malden Dicembre 2016 // Calendario gratuito - D Mylasteureka
  13. FiloFax tutorial: how to create inserts for Filofaxes and other ring-binded organizers. - Davide Bianchi
  14. Bullet Journal en Filofax A5 - Dos Cafés & un Plan
  15. How I've set up my filofax... - Nicole-Louise
  16. Filofax Chameleon A5 black planner - SarahPlans
  17. Filofaxes I am currently using, Finchley and Holborn and the rest of my Filofax collection - SarahPlans
  18. Functional Plan With Me Personal Filofax 11/28/2016 - 12/4/2016 - PlansMeetPaper
  • 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 #241 - Paper Lovestory
  2. Weekly Decor 28th Nov- 4th Dec - The Stationery Geekette
Enjoy.



Free For All Tuesday No. 304

28 November 2016

A date for your diary - Sunday 11 December 2016

We are going to run another conference round-table voice/video/text chat using Skype a little later than normal this month due to my travel commitments.

When? - Sunday 11 December at the following times:
  • London 10:00 am, 
  • Paris 11:00 am, 
  • Brisbane 7:00 pm time.
Additionally we will be on line later in the day at the following times:
  • Los Angeles 8:00 am, 
  • Denver 9:00 am
  • Dallas 10:00 am, 
  • New York 11:00am, 
  • London 4:00 pm 
  • Paris 5:00 pm etc.  
The timing of these two sessions have been chosen to hopefully allow as many people to join in compared to previous round-tables.

Do not worry if you aren't available at the start of one of our sessions each one lasts 2-3 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)

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 few of us will be on video as well.

Who - All of you... connect up with Philofaxy and we will attempt to get as many of us linked in to the audio conference as possible. 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.

How -
  1. Connect to Philofaxy by firstly searching for Philofaxy in Skype, I will then add you as a contact.
  2. Then  'Send Contact Request',  I will then add you in to the chat room. 
  3. Then if you request it, I can add you to the audio conference as well. But if you just want to chat via keyboard that's fine. That way it's slightly less hectic for me!  
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.

As with previous round-tables there will also be a parallel text chat room going at the same time as the voice conference, so you can listen to the voice chat and type if you wish, just mute your microphone in Skype

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 11 December 2016.

27 November 2016

Reader Under The Spotlight - Thomas

Today I would like to thank Thomas from Denmark for sending in his contribution to Reader Under The Spotlight.

Hello, my name is Thomas Bentzen. I live in Northern Zealand in Denmark (a small country in Scandinavia) with my wife Bitten and our two children, Simone and Oliver. I work as a software engineer in test (or tester for short) at a consulting firm.

1. When did you buy your first organiser and what was it?

Eight years ago, and it was a Filofax Graphic A5. I’ve started using GTD as a method to avoid stress and be more productive, and a paper setup was the only thing, and still is, fast enough to keep up with my worklife. It’s still in use but my wife has it now.

2. Out of the organisers you own which is your current favourite (Style and Size)?

Metropol A5 zip. I love the 30 mm rings and all the cardslots. This is my main workhorse and in spite of it’s size, it’s always with me in my bag.

3. How many Filofax or other brands of organisers do you own?

I currently only have 3: The Metropol A5 zip which houses most of my GTD system as well as a small referencing section, a pocket size Pennybridge zip which I use as a wallet and ubiquitous capture tool (to help me write it down when I think of it, not five minutes later when I have forgot it). It also holds my shopping lists and whatever I need when I’m out and about. The last one is an A5 no-name which only have 13 mm rings, I haven't moved into that one yet, but planning to use it as a satellite for my Metropol as it’s easier to carry around.

4. What do you use your organisers for?

Mainly to stay sane. This is mostly done via my GTD setup (www.davidco.com). To go into detail about that system will be blogpost of it’s own, but the short version is that I plan most of my life in there.

5. How many sections do you have in your organiser and what is each section used for?

I have eight sections:
  • Notes / in - a planner version of an office in-tray. All notes and receipts go in here. I also have a special note leaf for each day where I take notes bullet-journal style and keep track on time used on clients (for invoicing)
  • Calendar - Philofaxy A5 week on two pages 5 lines with journal - perfect fit
  • Action lists - It’s similar to contextual todo lists, but the items are smaller and are better thought through than regular todo lists. This section is subdivided by context.
  • Agendas - Lists of things i need to talk with people about, og lists for reoccurring  meetings. Each person / meeting have their own leaf. I find this section is a huge productivity enhancer.
  • Projects - A project in the GTD world is something that is not done and needs to get done and takes more than one step to complete. These range from organising a meeting to a 5 year software implementation project. This section is subdivided by area of responsibility.
  • Someday / maybe -  Things I might do in the future, but I haven’t committed to yet. You could say a dreamers section. If I get inspired about something but can’t find the time do anything about it now, it goes in here for incubation and later reference.
  • List / reference - A - Z indexed reference materials. Also where I store my checklists and mind maps.
  • Storage - A few empty leafs on various types. I restock a few times a week but still manages to run out regularly.

6. If you could design your own Filofax what would it feature?

Perhaps 70 mm rings :-) - I have my eyes on Van der Spek because I like the idea of a custom designed organiser, but I’m not yet sure what to put in it, so I’ll hold that idea for now.

7. What's your favourite Filofax tip or hack?

Get a laminator and make your section pages yourself. Use funny pictures og beautiful images of whatever you fancy, just to make your organiser even more appealing. I had a resistance of putting actions for things i needed to do on my Mac in my actions lists, but then I made a subdivider for my

At Mac context with a picture of Gandalf using a Mac which I find hilarious, and that was enough to make that resistance go away.

8. Have you ever attended a Philofaxy meet-up? if not do you intend to one day?

I have not, but I would love to

9. What was the last movie you watched?

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children - absolutely worth to go se

10. What was the last book you read?

The Mind Mapping Book by Tony Buzan

Thank you Thomas.

As you know we are always looking for new people to appear in our 'Reader Under Spotlight feature, you don't have to be 'well known' or a long term user to be considered to appear in this 'spot'. 


So please contact Steve philofaxy at gmail dot com today. 

Thank you.

26 November 2016

Web Finds - 26 November 2016

So I hope you have had a good week.

So now it is time to enjoy a great collection of blog posts from around the internet, so grab a drink and make yourself for our weekly round-up.

Here are some Philofaxy posts you might have missed this week:
  1. Web Finds - 19 November 2016
  2. Users Favourite Organiser - Kate - Part 2
  3. Four Year Journals
  4. Free For All Tuesday No. 303
  5. Web Finds - 22 November 2016
  6. Goals and Achievements Record
  7. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 39
  8. Free For All Friday No. 419 - by Anita
So 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. Favourite Podcasts Autumn 2016 - The Delightful Planner
  2. How to Integrate Roles into Your Tasks - FranklinPlannerTalk
  3. Van Der Spek undyed leather binder’s flatability - This Bug's Life
  4. Time management Monday: Why use a paper planner? Part 2: Creativity and Memory - Quo Vadis Blog
  5. November Doldrums And Why Planner Fail Is Often Scheduled Now - Plannerology
  6. Calendario Dicembre 2016 Gratuito - My Last Eureka
  7. Time Management During the Holidays - FranklinPlannerTalk
  8. Month on two Pages - susan williams-goebber
  9. Thanksgiving Inserts - Planner Fun Plus
  10. It’s here! 2017 FREE LimeTreeFruits Planner Printable all yours! - Lime Tree Fruits
  11. Speakers' Corner Saturday - 358 - Filomaniac
  12. Time Management During the Holidays - FranklinPlannerTalk
  13. Meal Planning in a Filofax – Updates - The Organizeaholic
  14. Do Less, So You Can Do More of What Counts - Time Management Ninja
  15. Editorial Calendar - susan williams-goebber
  16. Christmas set up nella mia Filofax Malden - A little trip in Flavia's world
  17. A Shopping List for the Holidays - Lime Tree Fruits
  18. 2017 Agenda and Journal Planning - It's Bluetiger...
  19. Planning for Gratitude - Lil Divette
  20. Planner Productivity: Complex Task Management  - The Stationery Geekette
  21. Filo Families - My Filofax Blog
  22. Look at all the washi tape! - This Bug's Life
  23. Christmas Countdown [Printable] - Planning with Printed Portal
  24. Planner Friday - November - She's Eclectic
  25. 2017 A5 & Personal size CALENDAR RELEASE - My Last Eureka
  • We monitor over 400 blogs and sites, your Filofax/Organiser blog posts could appear in this list, just contact philofaxy at gmail dot com to be added to our monitoring list. 
  • We can not guarantee people will read your posts, but we know there is a higher chance of people reading your posts and returning to read other posts if you make them interesting with pictures and good hints and tips. Do not forget to give your posts a title... 
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We are on the look out for more people to take part in Reader Under the Spotlight. If you would like to appear in this feature then please contact Steve : philofaxy at gmail dot com  Thank you.

Enjoy.

25 November 2016

Free For All Friday No. 419 - by Anita

Sadly I'm not able to attend the London meet up this weekend due to some other commitments. I'm not quite sure how many I've attended over the years, but I've enjoyed every single one.

I admit I felt a little apprehensive as I approached the meet up place at my very first one (maybe 2010?), but everyone was so friendly and I felt right at home straight away. If you've never attended one, I'd thoroughly recommend them as a way to meet some lovely fellow enthusiasts, a great way to pick up some different ideas and see some new binders.

Have you been to a Philofaxy meet up? If there isn't one in your area, you could always consider organising one.

And as always, as it's Friday again please feel free to discuss anything organiser related. Have a great weekend.

24 November 2016

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 39

Reader Question - Tackling Planner Size Change

Kelly wrote to us asking for us to discuss the following:
I was wondering if there might be an opportunity to do an episode about switching between planner sizes and doing so in a productive way. I know I'm guilty of switching between different sizes when my circumstances change.  
It would be great to share ideas and resources for making the transition. I have been thinking of ways that I might do it and thought the process has probably already been successfully by someone else and I am reinventing the wheel. 
So if there are resources and ideas that make it easier for myself and everyone else, I'd love to hear an episode about that. 
At the stage where I am at now, I am wondering if I should do something like have all my important information typed out in one central location like Microsoft Word where I can edit it from there and then copy and paste to the relevant planner size and print it out so I'm not having to hand write all the information every time I change planner size.
We thought it was a great topic to tackle. We hope you enjoy it too.

If you have ideas for future episodes please send them to steve at philofaxy dot com

Show Notes (timings approximate)
00:00 - Introductions
01:30 - A frequent question and one that sometimes doesn't have a happy ending
02:00 - Not just size... but the type of planner
02:30 - Too many choices?
03:30 - Rewriting everything?
06:15 - Changes in circumstances
07:00 - Trends in size changes
09:00 - Is it the page size or the planner size that is influencing your need to change
12:00 - Where you use your planner will influence your size choice
13:30 - Using more than one planner, but there will be duplication
16:00 - Fold out pages
17:00 - Context of planning influencing your size choice
18:30 - Decide on size based on your planner requirements, the number of appointments/tasks
20:00 - Quo Vadis planners
23:00 - Colour code depending on the type task
24:00 - Looking at goals and achievements, recording things to measure achievement
27:00 - Using your journal to help you assess what your size your planner needs to be
28:00 - What is the normal, average number of tasks/appointments each day/week
30:00 - Decide what does work for you and what doesn't work

Episode 39 - Reader Question - Tackling Planner Size Change


A direct download is also available here: Episode39.mp3

Show notes: A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf

NB: A5 is in A4 format so it can be scaled to suit A5 or A6 size. Personal is for printing direct on Personal size paper.



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

Our Websites:
Karine: Plannerology, Karine Tovmassian (IG)
Steve: Philofaxy, Travellers Notebook Times, Mr Philofaxy (IG)

Naturally we would love to hear your feedback on the podcast. If you use iTunes please gives us your rating or reviews of the podcast.

Previous Episodes:


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 November 2016

Goals and Achievements Record

We have mentioned Goals and Achievements many times in the Podcast, but the main idea for this insert came from Rose during our recent monthly Philofaxy Skype chat.

So I've created a simple insert that will help you record your monthly goals and achievements on a monthly basis with spaces for 3 or 5 years.


I'm sure this will help you in your career reviews and your own personal development.

It is also available as an Personal size insert but with just 3 years per month.


I'm making the files available in Word and PDF format. There's no complicated merging to do if you want to update your own version just edit the Word file to suit your own requirements/tastes. 
The A5 size can be 'Booklet Printed' on A4 paper, or scaled by 70% on to A5 paper. The Personal size can be printed on personal size paper.  For more information on printing please see this previous post.


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22 November 2016

Web Finds - 22 November 2016

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.

So here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Van Der Spek Codex Set Up and Budget System - Marisa R
  2. Van Der Spek custom medium planner italian language - melania scalfaro
  3. Part 1 My Franklin covey Spiritual planner - BROOKLYN WOMEN EMPOWERMENT GROUP
  4. My new franklin covey bible study planner - BROOKLYN WOMEN EMPOWERMENT GROUP
  5. Filofax Clipbook - Filofax
  6. Filofax français | DIY Fermeture pour agendas, calendriers ou bloc-notes à fabriquer soi-même - Idées à réaliser soi-même - DIY Inspiration 
  7. Filofax Setup 2017 (deutsch) - Kalendereinlagen zum Ausdrucken - Heike Relleomein
  8. Herbstplaner einrichten 🌾🌿 How I customize my Filofax Original Standard Green - berlinermelodie
  9. Filofax October 2016 Fip through - Planner chicky
  10. December Filofax Setup - Sam Plans
  11. Filofax - Alex Cutelife
  12. 20 fragen rund um den filofax - Lulitschka's Bastel Welt
  13. Personal Size Filofax Domino Setup - Brandy Michelle Plans
  14. How to make your own FiloFax pages with ECLP boxes for FREE - Antjers
  15. 2016 Filofax Christmas Setup -part 2 - artmingle
  • 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 #240 - Paper Lovestory
Enjoy.


Free For All Tuesday No. 303

21 November 2016

Four Year Journals

Karine came up with this idea in Episode 35 of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse.

It's a simple journal that runs for 4 years and you record the details of what you were doing on the same date each year.

So this insert or pair of inserts has the date and the month, but no actual days (Mon, Tue, etc) labelled on each page.

It's not specific to any year start either, you simply write in the year. So you can start it at any time. February 29th is included because there will be a leap year at least once in a 4 year time span.

So this journal is available as an A4/A5 file


You will find the Word file and the PDF available to download and print.

And I'm also making it available as a Personal on A4 paper type file as well.


You will find the Word file and the PDF available to download and print. 

To print the files on A4 paper. For the A5 insert, use booklet print, or alternatively print on to A5 paper scaling the file by 70%

But if you want to use these layouts as a starting point for your own personalised creation, then you'll need to download the base Word file and the Excel data source (you'll need both).

A5 version - Word fileExcel file
Personal version - Word fileExcel file

When you've made all the changes you like to the template, you can perform a mail merge to create your own insert for any period you like. Check out our Free Diary Inserts link if you want more information on how to do this, including videos.

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20 November 2016

Users Favourite Organiser - Kate - Part 2

Continuing on from last week's post from Kate. 

Can you please tell us about your set up in your favourite organiser. 

This is my one and only main organiser, which I use. This is beautiful.

First I want to point out that I believe that the calendar should be clear and functional. Not necessarily beautiful. It is a tool for planning and time management. Therefore, I do not decorate pages and do not use stickers, stamps and washi tape.

The only thing I don’t like at the moment is a different pages size, which I use. By this interior it feels chaotic. But it will be only for the next two months. After purchasing a calendar for 2017 I want to adjust other pages of the same size. So I hope the whole will be more coordinated.

I write everything one color pen - the one that I have at hand (usually black or blue). Since November I use a simple color code system (highlighters):
  • green - matters related to finance / expenditure, the date of purchase of a new public transport ticket, the date of payment for phone, cable, internet, electricity, car insurance,..
  • yellow - work, eg. deadlines for reports, projects, training
  • orange - sport, training, weightloss, fitness
  • pink - private matters, eg. a meeting with friends, events, cinema etc.
  • blue - unusual things that require attention - for example: doctor visits, beautician or hairdresser


The content of the organizer is a mix of pages print, cut to size and punched by me:
  • annual calendar – photocopy of personal size calendar filofax 
  • month on two pages - printed from http://philofaxy.blogspot.com/ 
  • weekly calendar - cut to the size from the calendar attached to the newspaper; November and December are WP2P from WHSmith, which I got with Malden 
  • notes, projects, information, contacts – cut of from old notebooks 

19 November 2016

Web Finds - 19 November 2016

So I hope you have had a good week.

So now it is time to enjoy a great collection of blog posts from around the internet, so grab a drink and make yourself for our weekly round-up.

Here are some Philofaxy posts you might have missed this week:
  1. Web Finds - 12 November 2016
  2. Readers Favourite Organiser - Kate - Part 1
  3. Enhanced Time Management Week View Version 2
  4. Free For All Tuesday No. 302
  5. Web Finds - 15 November 2016
  6. Il BIsonte agenda Insider
  7. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 38
  8. Free For All Friday - No. 418 - By Steve
So 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. Speakers' Corner Saturday - 357 - Filomaniac
  2. Almost Here!…. Fire up that printer, sweets! - Lime Tree Fruits
  3. Planner Productivity: Prioritising Your Tasks - The Stationery Geekette
  4. Time management Monday: Why use a paper planner? Part 1: Freedom and Self - Quo Vadis Blog
  5. A classic just landed: the Filofax Personal Kensington. Arrived... - Olga plans!
  6. The Dodo Pad Inserts! - MissVickybee
  7. Free Insert: Week at a Glance on Graph Paper - Planner Fun Plus
  8. Plan Out Your Holiday Calendar - FranklinPlannerTalk
  9. A simple Week on One Page - 3 - My Filofax Blog
  10. Christmas Planner Set Up - Mrs Brimbles
  11. Michael's Recollections Planner Inserts - Seaweed Kisses
  12. Being Ready for Your Workday Feels Great! - Time Management Ninja
  13. My Filofax A4 Zipped Metropol By Ian. (Guest post.) - Mademoiselle
  14. Taking You Back: TV Episode & Series Tracker - Planner Fun Plus
  15. Secret Leather Lingo - Chic Sparrow
  16. Getting cozy with my Van Der Spek Senior binder, about to... - Olga plans!
  17. 3 Ways to Use Your Planner for Holiday Budgeting - FranklinPlannerTalk
  18. Free Sticker Friday // Birthday Countdown - five sixteenths blog
  19. How to Use a Personal Planner for Work and Project Management -  Giftie Etcetera
  20. Etsy Feature #3 - Etsy Feature #3
  21. Episode #24 – Making It All Work - Getting Things Done®
  22. Planner Quote: November 14, 2016 - FranklinPlannerTalk
  23. Happy Planner Review and Fitness Planner Set Up - Polkadotparadiso
  24. 2017 Happy Planner- This Is Your Year - Seaweed Kisses
  25. If you like it, put a ring in it… - Filofax Blog
  26. Planner Productivity: The Benefits To Planning Your Work. - The Stationery Geekette
  27. Discover Parker - FranklinPlannerTalk
  28. Adventi, karácsonyi elválasztók - FilofaxNi!
  29. Bullets to Inserts - Planner Bug
  30. Christmas Planner Printables – December - Planning with Printed Portal
  31. Free Thanksgiving planner 8.5x11 - TheVelvetFilo
  32. How to Turn a Filofax Binder into a Desktop Filing System - Strange & Charmed
  33. Plan with Stef - Mrs Brimbles
  34. Burde Refills for 2017 - This Bug's Life
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18 November 2016

Free For All Friday - No. 418 - By Steve

This time next week I will be in London on the evening before the meet up. I've lost count of the number of meet ups I've been in London plus all the others in different cities around the northern hemisphere.

My organiser will have been used extensively to help me plan this trip as it always does with any other.

What part does your organiser play in arranging and planning your trips away from home?

Of course today is Friday so you are more than welcome to discuss anything organiser related. Have a great weekend.

17 November 2016

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 38

Self-Improvement or Personal Development

Self-Improvement or Personal Development are areas we all want to somehow incorporate into our planning lives.

Sit with Karine Tovmassian as she interviews Pat Duggan of the Duggan Difference on how she employs her planner to move her business along.

If you have ideas for future episodes please send them to steve at philofaxy dot com

Show Notes (timings approximate)
00:00 - Introductions
01:00 - Understanding how personal development fits in to planning
02:00 - Background
03:30 - One person, one life, one planner
06:00 - What planners Pat uses
08:00 - Tracking information
10:30 - Ensuring plans don't fail
11:30 - Tracking things we enjoy
12:30 - Personal and professional development
14:30 - Where to put things
16:45 - Personal Goals
19:30 - Your planner as a roadmap of life
20:30 - Tasks vs To-Do Lists
23:00 - Using Multiple Planners
24:00 - Pat's A5 insert
25:00 - What size to use for what
26:00 - Suffering from grief or depression

Episode 38 - Self-Improvement or Personal Development


A direct download is also available here: Episode38.mp3

Show notes: A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf

NB: A5 is in A4 format so it can be scaled to suit A5 or A6 size. Personal is for printing direct on Personal size paper.



Presenters - Karine Tovmassian and Pat Duggan
Editing and production - Steve Morton

Our Websites:
Pat Duggan: Duggan Difference
Karine: Plannerology, Karine Tovmassian (IG)
Steve: Philofaxy, Travellers Notebook Times, Mr Philofaxy (IG)

Naturally we would love to hear your feedback on the podcast. If you use iTunes please gives us your rating or reviews of the podcast.

Previous Episodes:


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
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