25 September 2018

Free For All Tuesday - No. 399

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.

24 September 2018

Maintaining Your Organiser(s)

Caring for your organiser or organisers if you have few isn't something you need to do that often.

However, it doesn't harm to put a reminder in your diary to go through your collection once a year and check them over and give them a clean and inspection.

I'm about to do my annual check of my 'collection', which will involve emptying each shelf of my cupboard. Then go through each box in turn and carry out the following actions.
  1. Empty the contents out of the pockets and remove anything from the rings. Although I tend to store most of mine empty. 
  2. Visually inspect the exterior and interior and note any loose stitching and any damage. 
  3. Check the rings for any gaps or mis-alignment. 
  4. Open and close the rings a few times using the tabs of course and then recheck the rings. 
  5. Dust the interior and wipe the exterior with a clean microfibre cloth. 
  6. Treat with leather balm if required.
For the visual checks you only need the Mark 1 Eye Ball! Or a magnifier, if like me you can hardly focus close these days!

If you spot any loose stitching a little spot of clear nail varnish or glue, the smallest spot possible will stop it getting any worse.

When checking the rings also use your fingers to feel for any rough transitions as these will catch on the paper as you turn the pages. Refer to our guide on fixing ring problems if required.

To dust the interior you can use my sticky tape trick to remove any paper dust from the textile interior or the raw leather backing. Here is a video on this technique.

If you need to treat the leather use a recognised leather care product, I use the products shown below, but other brands are just as acceptable, see what is available locally to you. Check the type of leather you have first.

Apply with a soft clean micro fibre cloth and use soft circular motions to get the balm in to the pours of the leather.

Beware not all leathers need or accept leather treatments, check with the manufacturer or test on a small not visible area first.

There is an excellent page on leather care here.


Of course when you have finished pop your pages back in again and you are ready to go for another year or so.

22 September 2018

Web Finds - 22 September 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 - 15 September 2018
  2. Silent Sunday
  3. B6 size ring bound organisers.
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 398
  5. Web Finds - 19 September 2018
  6. Guest Post – A brief visit to a market town by gmax
  7. Free For All Friday - No 514 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. What is the Plan for 2019? Jibun Techo Mock up in Filofax Ring Planner for Fall - Kat's life in Cali 
  2. How to plan your week - Sam Alderson
  3. Revisiting the Past: GeorgieR’s Filofax (2008) - Notebook Stories
  4. Happy sunny Sunday! Moved into my Van der Spek - Olga plans!
  5. Long Awaited Restock And New Release - Blog | Gillio
  6. Time management Monday: The importance of Goals Journaling - Quo Vadis Blog
  7. Filofax betétlapok adaptálása Filofax Notebookba - FilofaxNi!
  8. How to plan your week - Sam Alderson
  9. What Are The 5 Essential Elements Of My Planning System? - FranklinPlanner Talk
  10. Gillio is moving: new address - Blog | Gillio
  11. What are the Best Apps for GTD? - Getting Things Done
  12. Alfie 1.5 - Swedish Pixels
  13. Motivational Layout - Mrs Brimbles
  14. Get the FREE Productivity Toolbox! - Strange & Charmed
  • 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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21 September 2018

Free For All Friday - No 514 by Steve

This time next week, I will be in London for the weekend, which will include a Philofaxy meet up on the Saturday.

I really look forward to these meet ups as it gives me some time to chat with other Philofaxy readers and sit and discuss how they use their organisers etc.

If you are free on Saturday 29th, why not come along if you are in or near London. We have some spaces left due to a few cancellations. Full details here.

As it is Friday you can of course discuss anything ring organiser related. Have a great weekend.

20 September 2018

Guest Post – A brief visit to a market town by gmax

Thank you to Max for this interesting guest post. Yet another model from the past that stems from the golden years of Filofax history. 


Locations in the UK (and beyond) have long been a source of naming inspiration for Filofax models. In the 1980s we had the renowned Winchester of course, and up to around 1987 there was also Gloucester, as I’d described in a previous post.

It turns out that there’s another from that era, which has almost been lost in obscurity.

The only illustration I can offer is this artist’s impression, reproduced from a 1981 leaflet I once saw:


Like Winchester, this English market town is the home a well-known independent school. The model designation here is 5CL, and the interior is the same as the older-style (5CLF) Winchester models of the time. However, there is no fastener (“F”) or pen holder, so the external appearance would have been the same as a 6CL Gloucester.

Prior to 1980, under Norman & Hill, I suspect this style was designated K.199, and there were even earlier models in second-grade leather that were identified as N.99. Sadly, the Marlborough was discontinued in 1984, before Filofax sales really took off in large numbers.

19 September 2018

Web Finds - 19 September 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. Pocket Rings | A Quick Comparison - John Rush
  2. Filofax Finsbury Personal Size Rings - Sylvia From Wright Your Life
  3. Van Der Spek Senior (A6) Unboxing + small haul - Bri_utiful Life
  4. Planner Setup Van Der Spek Parme - jenxoplans
  5. Personal-Size Clear Planner setup! - Planning for Busy Moms
  6. Planner Change? Pocket Ring Planner to Jibun Techo? - seemownay
  7. Filofax Pocket Malden Flip - Shavonne Smith
  8. Guess who's back? - Maryanne Moll
  9. How I Plan For Emergencies - 3 Things You Didn't Know! Free Emergency Checklist - Tonya Plans
  10. Functional Planning: New Dashboards and Subsections To Be More Productive - PlanningWithHelen
  11. Gillio A6 Compagna vs VDS Un-Widen Senior (A6 Ring Planners) - Katherine Shu
  12. Faux Gillio Aliexpress personal rings planner unboxing - Faux Naturel
  13. Removing Rings from a Filofax Original - planning_jani
  14. Filofax Love - Tahiarah Maj Gettis
  15. Filofax Wochendeko KW 36 - Timelapse - starflower_plans
  16. DIY Fall Planner Dividers (Filofax) - eat.run.plan.repeat
  17. September update Filofax Malden antique rose personal - Diem Ai
  18. 20 FRAGEN RUND UM DEN FILOFAX | TAG - eingerahmt
  19. Plan with me week 5 Filofax Malden personal vintage pink - Diem Ai
  20. My Filofax Pocket Malden in purple used as a wallet - Hey Mr. Charlie
  21. Jibun Techo Mockup in Filofax Classic Croc Pocket Planner Set Up - Functional Planning - Katherine Shu
  22. Wochendeko KW 38 - Filofax Original Navy - Timelapse - Nixxes
  23. |* FILOFAX POCKET FINSBURY (BLACK) *| - New Setup - LIVE LOVE PLAN
  • 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




18 September 2018

Free For All Tuesday - No. 398

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.

17 September 2018

B6 size ring bound organisers.

We are all familiar with Personal size organisers with their page size of 171mm x 95mm, it doesn't really match any of the ISO page sizes. It is a size of its own that has existed for about 100 years, so it is a standard in its own right really.

Deskfax organisers use paper that is B5 in size (250mm x 176mm) The B series of page sizes are a geometric mean of the A series page sizes, so for example B5 is between A4 and A5 in size. The page proportions are the same 1:1.4142 or the 1:√2.

As A5 is twice the size of A6, so B5 is twice the size of B6. Therefore B6 size paper is 176mm by 125mm.

It is a similar height to Personal size, but 30mm wider. This photograph shows the difference between A5, B6, A6, Personal size and Pocket size.


The B6 size has become very popular in the Travellers Notebook community. There are many covers made for the B6 size inserts and booklets. A few people have taken their personal size ring bound organisers, removed the rings and they will then take B6 size inserts.

What about B6 size ring bound organisers? So far I've not come across any from any of the 'regular' suppliers, but I would love you to prove me wrong!

However, there is the Van der Spek Custom range. Standard (personal size) can be specified with 13mm, 25mm or 30mm rings. All of these sizes can optionally be 'widened' in 1mm steps up to 30mm as an optional extra. 30 mm is the difference between Personal (95mm width) and B6 (125mm width).

So there is at least one supplier, are there others, please let us know in the comments please.

What about inserts? Well you will find plenty of downloads being sold on ETSY for Travellers Notebooks, but given that B6 is an ISO size, then the Philofaxy Diary Inserts can easily be scaled to print on B6 size paper.

When using the our A4 size inserts to print they need to be scaled using the following scaling factors:

  • Printing on A5 paper you need to scale the print to 71%
  • Printing on B5 size (Deskfax) paper the scale factor is 84% 
  • Printing on B6 size paper the scale factor is 59%

Before closing this post I should also mention some other variations of Personal size that you will come across.
  • The original version of the six ring Deskfax - 171mm tall by 180mm wide.
  • Franklin Covey Compact - 171.5mm x 108mm (6.75 x 4.25 inches)
  • Personal 'Wide' - 171mm x 121mm (6.75 x 4.75 inches) 
  • HBxWA5 - 171mm x 148mm wide - Personal size high, by A5 width. 
The Personal Wide an 'invention' of some of the new ring bound organiser makers such as Foxy Fix and others, it is very close to B6 size, but not exactly B6.

Naturally you should observe the usual caution when buying organisers or inserts that are labelled as A6, B6 etc they are often regular Personal size and not A6 or B6 at all! 

Would you try out a B6 organiser if one was available at an affordable price?

I would like to thank the members of the Traveler's Notebook Forum group for their help in researching this post.

16 September 2018

Silent Sunday

Filofax Sandhurst Pocket

It also has a full width back pocket (not visible in this photo) 16mm rings

15 September 2018

Web Finds - 15 September 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 - 8 September 2018
  2. Silent Sunday
  3. Welcome to Philofaxy
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 397
  5. Web Finds - 12 September 2018
  6. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 79
  7. Free for All Friday No. 513 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. Hello faithful readers! - This Bug's Life
  2. Traveller's Notebook - Through The Keyhole
  3. How to Quickly Declutter Your Home Office - Day Designer
  4. Gillio A6 Compagna vs VDS Un-Widen Senior - Kat's life in Cali
  5. LIMITED PRODUCTION: Flamingo Suède - Blog | Gillio
  6. Time management Monday: Reduce morning overwhelm - Quo Vadis Blog
  7. How to Print, Cut & Punch Planner Inserts - Wendaful Planning
  8. Web Finds – 12 September 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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14 September 2018

Free for All Friday No. 513 by Nan

Today I had a planner failure. I had a doctor's appointment first thing in the morning. I was tired, so I allowed myself a few extra minutes of sleep, thinking that the doctor's office was just a few minutes away, in the local medical building where all my doctors are located.

Nope. This doctor works out of a different office, 45 minutes away. Sheepishly, I had to call the office and explain that I would be 45 minutes late. They were very understanding, but had to reschedule my appointment. In the future, I'll make sure to record the location of all my appointments!

Have you had any planner snafus lately? Of course, since it's Friday, all ring-bound planner discussion is welcome.

13 September 2018

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 79


Improving Your Planning Productivity

Making small changes to your planning and every day routines can bring about improvements to your overall productivity.

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

Show Notes (timings approximate)
00:00 - Introductions.
03:00 - 16 Daily Habits to Help Improve Your Planning Productivity - Blog Post.
04:40 - Personal Development for Smart People - Steve Pavlina.
05:00 - Habits.
07:00 - What is Planning.
08:30 - Times in the day for peak performance.
12:30 - Time log.
16:00 - No communications times.
19:00 - Estimation to completion.
22:00 - Routines.
24:30 - GTD reviews.
26:30 - Building new habits.
28:30 - Evolve your changes.

Episode 79 - Improving Your Planning Productivity.


A direct download is also available here: Episode79.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)

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.

If you want a quick link to all the podcasts remember: http://philofaxy.com/podcast/

Remember if you have liked this podcast, don't forget to like it, share it and subscribe to the podcast.

Previous Episodes:

2018

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

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

12 September 2018

Web Finds - 12 September 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. Flipthrough of Filofax Fawn Croc Pocket Rings - mrs Planahead
  2. Pocket Mia Cara Update - Gillio - tnsandplannerfun
  3. Filofax Finsbury Pocket Planner Set Up Flip Thru 2018Candy's Rouge
  4. Come mi organizzo per l'università - Filofax Nude + Traveler's Notebook - Virgi in Viaggio
  5. A6 gillio Compagna - grey croceye - tnsandplannerfun
  6. Fall 2018 Planner Setup | Rings and Strings - John Rush
  7. Filofax Pocket Croc Setup & Switching to Foxy Fix/Stalogy - Bunnyplans
  8. Filofax | Aufteilung im Planer | Planerliebe | SarahBeautyVlog - SarahBeautyVlog
  9. Removing Rings from a Filofax Original - planning_jani
  10. Foxy Fix Unboxing | 2 in One Day Pocket Rings - John Rush
  11. Plan with me: Week 36/2018 * pocket rings - seemownay
  12. Unboxing Filofax Pocket Metropol Black - Your Community Planner
  13. Filofax Pocket Malden...Gone Moleskine! - Accio Bujo
  14. Rings in My Sojourner B6 TN - John Rush
  15. Rings in a B6 and Passport Traveler's Notebook - Sylvia From Wright Your Life
  16. Removing Moleskine Pages to add to a Filofax - Accio Bujo
  17. Wochendeko KW 37 - Filofax Original Navy - Timelapse - Nixxes
  18. PWM Pocket Size Filofax Planner - Robin's Nest
  19. The Clipbook by Filofax – Make of me what you fill. - Filofaxusa
  20. Plan with me wk 4 Filofax personal Malden antique rose vintage pink - Diem Ai
  21. Web Finds – 5 September 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




11 September 2018

Free For All Tuesday - No. 397

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.

10 September 2018

Welcome to Philofaxy

Welcome to Philofaxy.

If you are new to the site or you have been here for a while, this post is a way to show you around so you get the most from the site.

As you might have seen there is a lot of information on here and you might have problems remembering where everything is, so we hope to be able to help you out with how to find things to get the most out of the site.

So looking at the Home page you are on now, below the banner you will see: Home, About, FAQ etc

Home: Takes you back to the start page from where ever you are on the site, clicking on the banner does the same.

About: How to contact us at Philofaxy and some background on the contributors.

AdSpot: This is our readers advert page, you can place a wanted or for sale advert for your Filofax goods here free of charge. However, we do recommend donating to one of our favourite charities, but it's based on an honesty system, we don't check up on who has made donations and who hasn't.  This page is great because you are buying from people that do understand the Filofax range unlike some Ebay sellers... Please read our Sellers Guide before sending in your advert.

Catalogues: A vast collection of old Filofax and Lefax catalogues for you to use for research purposes

Diary Inserts: A huge collection of diary inserts for A4/A5, Personal, A6, Pocket, Mini and M2 sizes for you to download and print yourself. This page holds the current calendar year inserts.

Future and Past Year Inserts: This page is where you will find old insert files and future years. Please note we do not update the preview images every year.

FAQ: This is a good place to look for the simple often asked questions. We try to up date it from time to time to reflect the current topical questions. But you will find links to a lot of the previous posts on key topics like punches etc there.

Files: This the home for all our downloadable template files which you are welcome to customise to your own needs or just print them off as they are.

Links: Links to lots of blogs and other Filofax related sites, this page has been updated in the last year. Please report any dead links and any blogs that are missing off the list.

Suppliers: Looking for a Filofax or inserts or accessories, then this page is a good place to start.

Searching Philofaxy -  With nearly 4300 posts on Philofaxy spread over 13 years, finding exactly the information you want can be quite a task... however we do have some tools to help you:
  • Search - Pop a key word in to the search box in the sidebar and the search tool will find all of the posts with that keyword in it.
  • Labels - Further down the sidebar you will find the label cloud again this will find all the posts with those labels on the posts. We try to label all posts, although some of the earlier ones are unlabelled... another job still to be done!
Subscribing to Philofaxy
  • RSS - You can add Philofaxy to your favourite RSS reader.
  • Email - If you want to receive each post by email, pop your email in to the subscribe by email box  and follow the instructions. This service is provided by Feedburner. They will send you a verification email which you have to click a link in to confirm your email address in the usual way.
Philofaxy on the Web
  • Facebook - You will find our Facebook page here and we have a dedicated Philofaxy group here. There is a list of other Facebook groups here
  • Twitter - We are active on Twitter as @philofaxy 
  • Instagram - MrPhilofaxy is active on Instagram
  • Flickr - There is a Flickr group for sharing your Filofax photos and ideas
  • Linking back to Philofaxy - If you would like to link back to Philofaxy from your website or blog we have a 'badge' with the exact code, which you will find at the bottom of the side bar. 
Regular Posts on Philofaxy
Other Philofaxy Events
  • Skype Roundtable Voice and Video Chats - once a month we have a Skype video/voice conference, this is open to anybody to join in. It is an open agenda and we don't only get to talk about Filofax things. People taking part can be spread around the world, so it can be quite educational as well as good fun. Look out for announcements on the blog about when the next one will be. Generally they are the first Sunday of the month, but they can move slightly if this conflicts with public holidays or Steve's travel arrangements!
  • Meet Ups - We have held several very successful meet ups, they vary in size from as little as two or three people up to twelve people, these have been held in London, New York, Washington, Denver, Los Angeles, Toronto, France, Holland, Belgium with other ones planned for other countries around the world.
    Although meeting 'people off the internet' can sometimes seem a little odd, we all have at least one interest in common and everyone I've met at all the different meet ups have been great people to sit and chat with.  
  • PlannerCon Europe - Steve will be at PlannerCon Europe in May 2019. Look out for PlannerCon announcements for details about the event. The PlannerCon Europe event in 2017 was a great event, we are looking forward to the next one. 
Guest Posts on Philofaxy
We welcome people to do guest posts on Philofaxy, but they must be about ring bound planners of some type or be associated with planners, time management in some way. We do not respond to requests to post links along with guest posts about pensions, raising a family, investment opportunities in the Scilly Isles, etc. etc.... yes we get frequent offers like this in the Philofaxy in-box! 

If you would like to do a genuine guest post this post will be a great help to you.  
That was a bit of a lightening tour around the site and some of our activities. Please do add a comment on to posts, we love to get feedback and we do read all the comments.

If there's something you haven't understood or there's a topic we haven't covered that is Filofax related please get in touch with us and we will do our best to respond to your email within a day or so.