20 July 2018

Free For All Friday - No. 505

I published Episode 75 yesterday of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse. 

These are a fun to record, but a lot of work behind the scenes afterwards. Fortunately I have worked out a work flow I go through each time so hopefully I don't miss something or miss a link etc.

Having a set work flow helps to streamline the time it takes to prepare the finished recording. Some take longer than others though and there's no avoiding that.

We always ask if people have any ideas for future episodes or even repeat previous topics, just leave a comment or drop me an email.

And as it is Friday you can of course discuss anything related to ring bound organisers.

Have a great weekend.

19 July 2018

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 75


Decluttering. 

After what seems a long break due to holidays and other commitments we are back to discuss 'Decluttering'

Both decluttering your planner and your life and how you can use your planner to achieve the latter.

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 - Decluttering your planner.
02:30 - When to declutter your planner?
03:15 - Table of Contents.
04:00 - What to keep?
05:30 - Wardrobe comparision.
08:45 - Colour coding.
10:00 - Folders.
10:30 - Filofax A5 Heritage review.
13:00 - Checking the contents and updating.
16:00 - Moving practice in to other parts of our lives.
17:30 - Kon Mari
20:00 - Set time to decide what you want the outcome to be.
22:00 - Planning your way forward.
23:00 - How to review clothing.
24:00 - Use the seasons to help you decide what you need to keep and things that need to be done.
26:00 - Use a master task list to help you remember when you need to do things

Episode 75 - Decluttering.


A direct download is also available here: Episode75.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: PlannerologyThroatPunchResumes.comKarine Tovmassian (IG)
Steve: Philofaxy, Travellers Notebook Times, Mr Philofaxy (IG)

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Previous Episodes:

2018

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

2017

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

2016 

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

18 July 2018

Web Finds - 18 July 2018

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.

Here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Soft Domino Setup - eat.run.plan.repeat
  2. Plan with Me and Q&A - the planner spot
  3. Plan With Me || Snap (Toffee Bananas) - Krafting with Karen
  4. Updated planner set up and personal size planner flip - Queen Mary Bella
  5. Franklin Covey Inserts | Planner Love Pocket Tab Dividers, Plastics Value Pack, Pagefinder - Tonya Plans
  6. Pear Malden Unboxing - eat.run.plan.repeat
  7. Simple, cute and practical planner set up | Kristeena More - Kristeena More
  8. FiloFax vs. gebundener Planer Zusammen mit Plan N - HannaLena90
  9. Bullet Journal vs Filofax mit Hannalena90 - Plan N
  10. Filofax Classic Croc Pocket Planner Setup - misshollyho
  11. My Minimal Planner Setup | Filofax Malden - GlitterPaperDiaries
  12. Filofax Amazona Personal | Unboxing - Art And Journals
  13. Filofax Wochendeko KW 27 - Timelapse - starflower_plans
  14. Personal Plan With Me Filofax Original ft Ariebea and SimplyBeautifulPlans - Arie Bea
  15. Black Malden Unboxing This 2018! - Art And Journals
  16. One Book July 2018 - Planner chicky
  17. Mein Clipbook(Filofax) Vorstellung - The Eye
  18. Introducing Filofax Finsbury - Paper Sounds
  19. Functional Plan With Me Personal Filofax 7/16/2018 - 7/22/2018 - PlansMeetPaper
  20. Everyday Planner Setup : Chic Sparrow, Kate Spade, Filofax - Planning With Love
  21. Filofax soft domino in pocket size flip through - Trisha’s Nugget
  22. Gillio Croco Compagna Review : Regrets? - Jennyplans
  23. Gillio Mini Mia Cara Setup as Wallet/On The Go Planner - Katherine Shu
  24. Web Finds - 18 July 2018Travellers Notebook Times
  • 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. 
And this weeks 'Plan With Me' posts:
  1. Plan with Me – Skull and Cross Buns - Sam Alderson
You might also be interested in Planner Spread Love on Facebook. 

Enjoy




17 July 2018

Free For All Tuesday - No. 389

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.

Make today the one day you post a comment or a question.

It is Tuesday after all so fire away.

16 July 2018

Buying an A6 ring organiser

"Where can I get an A6 size organiser?" is a frequent question that pops up on some of the Facebook groups or in one of my emails.

Today I want to try to help all those prospective A6 users find a suitable A6 organiser. Naturally personal tastes vary and budgets vary, so I'm not going to recommend one particular brand or model.

As well as buying direct from the companies there are also the Facebook groups too, see the end of this post for links to all of them.

So in no particular order...

Gillio

Gillio currently sell two A6 size organisers, their A6 Compagna, and the A6 Mia Cara. Both are made in a variety of leather colours and finishes. Both models come with 23mm A6 rings

We reviewed the Gillio A6 Compagna when it was released.

Gillio batch produce all of their products, this can mean that they might be out of stock of a particular size, colour, model for longer than everyone would like. It is not possible to pre-order items.

However they do have an alert service on their website, which you can register your email address on.

This does two things. Firstly it informs them of the level of interest in a particular model/size and colour, this will then help them decide their production schedule. This schedule is not made public.

Secondly if you have registered an interest, you will receive an email when that particular model/size and colour is back in stock and about to be released for sale again.

Production numbers of any one colour vary depending on the perceived demand for a particular colour/finish in a particular model/size.

So if they are out of stock register an interest straight away...

See the Gillio Website for more details.


Van der Spek.

Van der Spek produce several A6 models in their 'Senior' size.

However be aware they they do two sizes in Senior. Un-widened for the original Senior size inserts (150x95mm) and Widened for A6 size inserts (148x105mm)

Un-widened will take A6 size inserts but you will have to use 'top-tabs' on dividers for the best results.

This past post will help explain the difference in more details.

Within the Van der Spek model range there are basically two models.

The 'Touch Me' range in Senior size this is a 'ready to ship' model and is available with either 20mm or 25mm Krause rings. The Touch Me range are made externally to Van der Spek using leather from a French tannery in a choice of 5 colours. If a colour is out of stock it will not show up on the website.

All of the current Touch Me models are made in widened size and can take A6 with 25mm rings. They have an expansive range of pockets etc, including a full width back pocket and two pen loops all as standard.

The Touch Me range is here on the Van der Spek website.

There is also the Custom range, these are all made to order, you get to pick the leather colours inside and out, the thread colours, all the various options etc. The number of possible permutations is huge therefore virtually no two are the same!

In the Custom Senior range you can specify 13mm, 20mm or 25mm size rings

Production time is approximately 4 weeks from order to shipping. Naturally the price is higher for this level of customisation, but a lot of people go this route because they can specify exactly what they want.

All of the Custom range are made in Van der Spek's own workshop in the Netherlands under the watchful eyes of Petra Van der Spek. Petra will help you decide the final design of your Custom Organiser if you want to go outside of the normal options available.

For full details of the Van der Spek Custom range see their website here.


Succes
Succes have a large number of different 'Senior' models available these are all designed for slightly narrower inserts than A6 at 95mm x 150mm, they can also supply inserts in this size as well.

See their website for full details.


Mulberry
Mullberry offer a small range of leather Mulberry Agendas which are A6 size and available in leather in a number of colours.

They also sell inserts and dividers for their Agendas too.

See their website for full details.


There are also a small number or new smaller makers that I found out about.

Pedori Vienna

See their Etsy Shop for full details

They also have a Facebook page.


Mystic Little Gifts

See their website for full details.

They also have a Facebook page.




When it comes to Facebook Groups this list isn't exhaustive, but it is certainly the main ones to be aware of if you are seeking out an A6 ring bound organiser or information about them.


Be careful when buying from Ebay, Etsy, AliExpress etc. People often describe Personal size organisers as being A6 and they aren't, wrong page size and different ring spacing.

I'm sure over time the number of outlets for A6 ringed organisers will increase, the size is becoming more popular.

15 July 2018

Silent Sunday

Gillio Amica in Dark Brown and Gold Epoca Leather

Retro fitted with 30mm Krause rings

14 July 2018

Web Finds - 14 July 2018

So I hope you have had a good week

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 - 7 July 2018
  2. Readers Favourite Organiser ~ Amanda-Jane
  3. Philofaxy Needs You
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 388
  5. Web Finds - 11 July 2018
  6. Design Study - Improving on an existing design?
  7. Free for All Friday No. 504 by Nan
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. Summer Planner Setup | One Book July 2018 - Dispatches From The Frat House
  2. My Filofax Baroque and Traveler’s Notebook are travelling to Africa today - This Bug's Life
  3. Brain Dumps in Filofax - Empress Bat's Journal
  4. Episode #42: Getting Things Done for Teens - Getting Things Done
  5. [31 Days #10} Download: Monthly Tracker - Planner Fun
  6. My Personal Reference Library (July 2018) - William Hannah Limited - The Library
  7. Time Management Tip: Keep ONE To-do List Only - Time Management Ninja
  8. [31 Days #11] Adhesive Pockets, Ya'll! - Planner Fun
  9. Planner Tips for a More Organized Life - Plan. Adventure. Live.
  10. Free 2018-2019 Annual Overview - Wendaful Planning
  11. [31 Days #12] Planner Walk Through: Dashboard - Planner Fun
  12. Introducing Our All-New Today & To-Do! - Day Designer
  13. Time management Monday: Penny’s combination of digital and paper planning - Quo Vadis Blog
  14. Under heavy sunshine and no filters. My EDC, everyday carry—a... - Olga plans!
  15. [31 Days #13] Planner Walk Through: Daily Divider - Planner Fun
  16. Web Finds – 11 July 2018 - Travellers Notebook Times
  • 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... 
  • Your Filofax/Organiser posts could appear in this list, just contact philofaxy at gmail dot com to be added to our monitoring list. 
  • For some general tips on Filofax Blogging, please see this post
  • Consider joining our Facebook group - Filofax for Philofaxy fans
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Enjoy




13 July 2018

Free for All Friday No. 504 by Nan

For many of us, it's time for summer vacation!

Are you planning a road trip?
Juggling multiple kids' camp and sports schedules?
Getting ready for some major travel?
Or already looking forward to fall, getting your plans in line?

Either way, an organizer is essential. Do you use yours differently during break time than during the rest of the year? Or do you have a special summer organizer?

But as it is a Friday please feel free to discuss anything ring bound planner related!

12 July 2018

Design Study - Improving on an existing design?

It is nearly four years since I reviewed the Gillio Mia Cara in medium size, you can read the full review/description here from 2014.



There is nothing basically wrong with the design of the medium size Mia Cara as supplied. It holds the pages on 25mm rings just fine. There are no serious issues with using the organiser section on its own either.

However, I wanted to take a closer look at it from the point of view of what improvements could be made to the design if any. Some people might not like these suggestions, that's fine, read no further!.

The outer jacket I think should remain as it is now. It has a huge number of pockets, slots and full width back pocket. It does however add to the weight and bulk of the organiser you are carrying.

So my attention then turned to the organiser section and how you would use that on its own a lot more.

The front inside cover of the organiser section only has three card slots and a larger slip pocket at the foot of the cover. This is the area that I think could be improved on most.


As well as a slightly different pocket layout I would add a pen loop to the front cover so that when used on its own, the organiser section has a way of carrying a pen or multi-pen easily.

As standard the medium Mia Cara comes with just 25 mm rings. It is fine with those, it is the correct size too... (Shock!) but I've fitted 30mm Krause rings to mine. With those fitted the tabs do stick out beyond the edge of the organiser section. So the organiser section would need to be increased in size (width only) if you wanted 30mm rings.

The extra width can be accommodated by not using the pen slot, this gives at least 10mm of additional width that can be accommodated in the outer jacket section without any issues.

I've done a very rough and ready hand-drawn sketch for a hand-made revised design of the organiser section.


This is far from being a final version of course. Looking at the interior layout it would have:
  • Leather and Elasticated pen loop on the front inside cover
  • Three or may be 4 card slots
  • Two other business card type slots. 
  • An outer edge full height slip pocket (Like the Filofax Holborn)
  • An inner edge full height slip pocket (Like the Filofax Holborn)
Like the existing Mia Cara the inside back cover would not have a clasp or any pockets on it. I've shown my prototype drawing with 30mm rings but 25mm rings would fit just as well.

Would you change the design?




11 July 2018

Web Finds - 11 July 2018

So I hope you have had a good week.

So now it is time to enjoy a great collection of blog posts and videos from around the internet.

Here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Filofax Pocket Rings Unboxing - Plumb Worn Out
  2. Personal Filofax SetUp - ohmyheart
  3. UNBOXING Filofax! - Erika dream art
  4. Filofax review||Erste Seite einfach gestalten☆Sahras Kreativwelt☆ - Sahras Kreativwelt
  5. KW 27 // Filofax Personal // Wochendekoration // Timelapse - Kalenderli
  6. Filofax Flipthrough - Januar bis Juni 2018 - starflower_plans
  7. Passion Planner Filofax Set Up - Brandi Bradley
  8. Unboxing | Filofax Clipbook & Croc Ebony - Planning Cerise
  9. Plan With Me | Hello Summer Leftovers | Personal Filofax | Planning Like A Pro - Planning Like A Pro
  10. A gillio pocket and A6 Appunto comparison - Planner Mumsy
  11. Summer 2018 Planner Setup - One Book July 2018 - Carie Harling
  12. Filofax Wochendekos Jan - Juni 2018 Flipthrough - planenaufpapier
  13. Filofax Pocket Rings| Ebony Croc Print| Planner Flip| Updates - Bri Rowe
  14. DIYFish inserts Classic with horizontal day on 1 page layout - One Fantastic Find!
  15. Tutorial: Functional + Color coded Planning in a Filofax Planner Setup - Deerest Dahling
  16. #OneBookJuly 2018 Week 1 Update - Amy Graham
  17. Filofax Domino Soft - Unboxing - eat.run.plan.repeat
  18. Filofax Malden pocket flip thru (in finnish) - Katrimerita plans
  19. Odette's first video| Functional planning July Planner Flip| Filofax Malden Stone | Skippyskittle - Nadia Jack
  20. Web Finds - 11 July 2018 - Travellers Notebook Times
  • 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. 
You might also be interested in Planner Spread Love on Facebook. 

Enjoy




10 July 2018

Free For All Tuesday - No. 388

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.

Make today the one day you post a comment or a question.

It is Tuesday after all so fire away.

09 July 2018

Philofaxy Needs You

I am sure we all enjoy seeing how other readers used their organisers.

On Philofaxy we have had several different series of posts to help readers share their own experiences of how they use their organisers and which is their favourite one.

We constantly need new people to come along to be able to continue with these series of posts.

So how can you help contribute? We have three different 'reader' series which are very easy to fill in and respond to they are:
  • Reader Under The Spotlight - This is based on 10 simple questions (it used to be 19 questions) as well as the questions we ask you to supply a photo of yourself or your organiser. Previous posts in this series can be found here.
  • Readers Favourite Organiser - This is 5 questions plus a few photographs of your favourite organiser. Previous posts in this series can be found here.
  • Experienced User - This is based on 7 questions, mainly aimed at people who have been an organiser used for more than a year or two, but the questions are fairly generalised. Previous posts in this series can be found here.
We also welcome Guest Posts and Reader Reviews of organisers and related products. We also have Readers Tips too. There is no fixed format for these. It is best to contact Steve before you commence writing any of these.  

Guest posts/reviews must be organiser related, Philofaxy will not publish non-organiser related posts... we often receive offers of very non-specific posts, one for example about body weight loss, when I published a post on weight loss in relation to removing pages from your organiser!  Clearly they hadn't read our post at all or our guidelines!  In all posts we are happy to include a link or links to your own blog or your You Tube Channel or Instagram feed.

So if you would like to contribute with any of the posts above please contact Steve by email philofaxy at gmail dot com  Please indicate which post you are interested in taking part in and he will send you the questions/instructions.

If you responded to my request just after Christmas I would very much welcome your responses still so we can get these series flowing again.

Thank you.

08 July 2018

Readers Favourite Organiser ~ Amanda-Jane

Once again thank you to Amanda-Jane for her contribution to this series. 

1. What is your favourite organiser (Make/model/size)?

I have used a diary/organiser since I was about five years old (and that was very very...very... long ago) and have experimented with different layouts and binders, coils and bound journals over the years. I also have different organisers and notebooks for different things, separate work and home organisers as well as bullet journals for volunteer work, study and hobbies, art journals, creative writing journals and, I use a Filofax Topaz mini as a wallet.

My favourite of all the organisers I use, however, is my trusty personal sized Filofax Malden which is a gorgeous smooth purple shiny leather, has large strong rings, and useful pockets. I call it Little Purple and it is the shiniest gem in my Filofax collection.




2. How long have you owned it?

I have owned this gorgeous organiser since 2012, I bought it second hand for a teeny $50 (AUD) - for some obscure reason its previous owner did not want it! Their loss is my gain and Little Purple has been given a very loving home with me.

Prior to buying Little Purple I was using a purple Filofax Domino, in personal size, which was very basic and has now been relegated to being an address book and also holds postage stamps.

3. What is it that you like about it so much?

Where do I start! I feel like I should be writing a sonnet about how much I like this Filofax! Little Purple why do I like thee? Let me count the ways. It is aesthetically pleasing, compact and sturdy.

There are pockets to stash business cards and notes as well as a handy zipped pocket where I put some emergency fivers when I really need a coffee and have left my wallet at home! It is small enough to carry with me everywhere and yet large enough to carry all the information I need.

It feels really solid and as I tend to throw it on desks and carry it around in laptop bags where it has to share space with USB sticks, cables, RAM, screwdrivers, keys, portable hard drives and a writeblocker, it has proven to be very well made. The waxed leather finish gets better with age, and I do not have to worry that it will get scratched or have accidental coffee spillage on it, and this happens more than I would like to admit, as all the rough and tumble makes the finish even better. Little Purple has character.

4. Do you use it all the time?

I use this organiser all the time, but not always as a planner/diary. I print my own inserts using diary printables from Philofaxy as well as other page types that I have created myself. I print the inserts on Tomoe River paper so I can fit lots of page of information in.

When Little Purple is not being used as my primary organiser, it holds my lists, information, quotes and historical references, sketches and, brain dumps.  I have wish-lists, blog lists, information about the volunteer work I do, a list of N64 console games we own or want, lists of reference books I would like to read, snippets of information from books or magazines, vet and pet information, and lots of notes.

It has a large section in it as a ‘Commonplace’ book as well. I also have paper in it that I test different pens on and some Arches watercolour paper where I sketch or paint with a travel tin of watercolours. I have some music manuscript for when I want to write down some music, and I have crossword puzzles torn out of newspapers stashed in the pocket at the back for when my train is delayed and I need something to do.

Little Purple is my trusty sidekick and is carted with me every day.

5. Do you think the design could be improved in any way? How?

The only improvement I would make on the Filofax Malden is make the rings even bigger! Let me stash even more things in it! Little Purple is a fat file of facts!

Thank you Amanda-Jane. You can find out more detail about Amanda-Jane's favourite organiser in a recent blog post over on her blog

As you know we are always looking for new people to appear in our 'Readers Favourite Organiser' 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.

07 July 2018

Web Finds - 7 July 2018

So I hope you have had a good week

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 - 30 June 2018
  2. A date for your diary - Sunday 8th July
  3. Hightlights for June 2018
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 387
  5. Web Finds - 4 July 2018
  6. Reader Under The Spotlight ~ Amanda-Jane
  7. Free For All Friday No. 503 by Laurie
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. [31 Days #2] How to Make Your Own Inserts - Planner Fun
  2. VDS Custom Planners Unboxing - Blog Vdsshop
  3. Little Filofax meetup with designer Amanda Bigrell - This Bug's Life
  4. Mini Filofax planner swap for July - and why :) - vanilla folders
  5. [31 Days #3] How to Keep Up with Small but Important Pieces of Information - Planner Fun
  6. Time management Monday: We’re halfway through the year! How have you spent your time? - Quo Vadis Blog
  7. Intentional Planning: If You Don’t Put It On The Calendar, It Won’t Happen! - Day Designer
  8. [31 Days #5] The Double Punch Hack - Planner Fun
  9. I am now using a Filofax personal sized Baroque in black - This Bug's Life
  10. Taking notes in your planner - Sam Alderson
  11. HAPPY JULY! Named her Honey and will be my ‘One Book July’... - Olga plans!
  12. [31 Days #6] Daily Page or Weekly Spread? - Planner Fun
  13. Time Management Tip: Do You Control Your Phone or Does It Control You? - Time Management Ninja
  14. CHEER OUR RED DEVILS ON AND GET 10% DISCOUNT - Blog | Gillio
  15. Navy or Nothing: A Peek Into Her Planner! - Day Designer
  16. 5 Planning Habits to Get More Done [VIDEO] - Wendaful Planning
  17.  William Hannah England Notebook Review - My Pen Needs Ink
  18. Web Finds – 4 July 2018 - Travellers Notebook Times
  19. Blogger/Blogspot emails - Steve Morton
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