01 April 2020

Video Web Finds - Wednesday 1 April 2020

With so many of us 'self isolating' or being forced to stay at home because of COVID-19, there has never been a better time to sit back and relax and and watch some of the latest videos.

Here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. VDS - Behind the Scenes - vdsshop
  2. planner setup: a6 rings (van der spek) - a julia story
  3. A6 Rings Flip Thru (Updated) - Carrots & Olives
  4. April 2020 Plan With Me | Few Plans in a Pocket Filofax - Ganchi_mH
  5. Using Planners as Wallets (+ new channel name) | Moterm Ring Planners - spellbound notes
  6. Pocket Rings Update + Plan With Me | Van Der Spek - liveplanlove
  7. Gillio Medium Compagna Featuring Punched Hobonichi // Pink Planner Girl - Nicola PinkPlannerGirl
  8. Van Der Spek TM Standard vs Gillio Compagna Personal Wide planner comparison - Planner, Journal, Pens
  9. A6 Rings Planner Setup: Cloth & Paper and VDS Shop - Callie Plans
  10. March Planner Flip Through In Personal Rings Van Der Spek - So Sticken’ Cute
  11. How I Use My Planner | Personal Rings | Functional Flip Through | 2020 Planner System - kimspaperplan
  12. Filofax Wochendeko KW 11 - Timelapse - starflower_plans
  13. Filofax Wochendeko KW 01 | 2020 | planningcat - planningcat_
  14. A5 Filofax Osterley Planner Flip Through & Setup - Wendaful
  15. Spring Setup - Plan With Me - Personal Filofax Malden Stone - Sort Stuff Out
  16. Personal sized Filofax Malden set up - Casie Gutierrez
  17. A5 Rings 2020 Planner Flip-Through! Notiq Set Up - Shay Budgets
  18. How I Carry My Planner - Classic & Compact | Vera Bradley Bags and Backpack - Tonya Plans
  • 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




31 March 2020

Free For All Tuesday - No. 478

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.

We are here to answer your questions.

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

It is Tuesday after all so fire away with any questions and comments.


30 March 2020

A Date For Your Diary - Sunday 5 April 2020

With most of us in lock down at the moment, we are going to run another conference round-table voice/video chat using Skype. Think of it as a 'virtual meet-up'

When? - Sunday 5 April 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.  
Do not worry if you aren't available at the start of our session it will last 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). Please make sure you have the latest version of Skype.

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.

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 5 April 2020.

29 March 2020

28 March 2020

Web Finds - Saturday 28 March 2020

With so many of us ‘self isolating’ or being forced to stay at home because of COVID-19, there has never been a better time to sit back and relax and have a read of the latest blog posts

Here are some Philofaxy posts you might have missed this week:
  1. Web Finds - Saturday 21 March 2020
  2. Silent Sunday
  3. There and Back Again: a Kensington's Tale - by Anita
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 477
  5. Video Web Finds - Wednesday 25 March 2020
  6. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 99
  7. Free For All Friday - No. 594 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. The Franklin Five: April 2020 - FranklinPlanner Talk
  2. Free Live Planning Workshop! - Strange & Charmed
  3. Pocket Compagna: restock - Blog | Gillio
  4. Sherwood Personal - Filowiki - Recent changes [en]
  5. Time management Monday: Creating a routine while working from home - Quo Vadis Blog
  6. Creating Your Purposeful Legacy - FranklinPlanner Talk
  7. Daily Journaling Prompts for April 2020 - Quo Vadis Blog
  8. How to Create a Functional Plan - Strange & Charmed
  9. 2020 Agendio / Disc Bound Planner Set Up (3 months in) - Jordan Marie Powers
  10. How To Balance Working From Home With Home-Schooling - Typecast
  11. April Free Planner Insert - Strange & Charmed
  12. Hinge Clips - Lorelei Lee's Plan-Bar
  13. How to Make the Most of Your Time at Home During Quarantine - Wendaful Planning
  14. How to Create Vintage Collage Sheets - Kerrymay._.Makes - Planners, Mixed Media, Creative Journals - Blog
  15. 5 Fountain Pens for Spring - Goulet Pens Blog
  16. Shoebox Tour: Filofax and Other Looseleaf Notebooks - Notebook Stories
  17. My Top 10 Book To Read (March 2020) - William Hannah Limited - The Library
  18. My shop stays open :) - Filofax Love
  19. My Paper Planning System: What I Use to Manage My Life - Wendaful Planning
  20. Customer review: medium Compagna - Blog | Gillio
  21. Setting up my new home office - The Well-Appointed Desk
  • 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. 
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Enjoy




27 March 2020

Free For All Friday - No. 594 by Anita

Due to the coronavirus, I have been working from home for a while as my 80 year old Mum lives with us and has a number of health conditions. I have only ever worked from home before for short periods or for the odd couple of days here and there, so it's definitely been a change in my routine. In the office, I normally keep track of my to-dos using a mixture of paper and Wunderlist. I use up scrap A4 paper by folding it in half and then keep a number of these folded together (technique used by my husband).

Whilst I've been using binders for years, I have never used one for work so am wondering if I may try using an A5 in future. I will be starting a new job soon which will be exclusively working from home, so this time here in my current role will be good experience in figuring out what works best for me. I was due to start my new job in May, but unsurprisingly my current employer has asked if I can delay my resignation, so I may end up doing both part time roles from home for a while. 

Are you considering a change in your planner due to the coronavirus' effects on your life?

And as always, please feel free to discuss anything Filofax or ringbound organiser related.
Have a great weekend.

26 March 2020

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 99

Some Day May Be 

We all get those days or weeks when plans change and we suddenly find out day has this void in it and we wonder what we can fill it with.

Thank you to all our Patreon supporters in helping bringing you this episode.

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

Show Notes (timings approximate)
00:00 - Introductions.
01:30 - Reader Question.
02:45 - Should you separate out a topic to another binder or not.
05:30 - The advantage of using a separate binder for a project
06:45 - Do not duplicate your calendar.
07:30 - Show the context/colour code for that project in your main planner.
09:30 - 62 Productive Things To Do When Bored – These Are A Must!QuickBooost
10:30 - Keeping in contact with people.
11:00 - Learning new skills, catching up on reading etc.
12:45 - Training Course - Mastering Personal Management - Franklin Planner.
16:00 - Emergency list.
19:00 - How Many Days Have I Been Alive!
20:30 - House Manual.
25:00 - Usernames/Password list.
27:00 - Using a ring binder/planner.
30:00 - Become a Patron and take a look at the Patreon page.

Please support the podcast via Patreon by doing so you will be helping us with the making of these advert free podcasts. By being a Patreon supporter you will gain early access to each podcast episode and be able to download the show notes. We also aim to introduce other benefits in the near future.

You can listen to this and past episodes on Mixcloud using their app or your normal web browser.

A direct download is also available here: Episode99.mp3



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

Our Websites:
Karine: PlannerologyThroat Punch Resumes, IG: Karine Tovmassian
Steve: Philofaxy, Travellers Notebook Times,  IG: Mr PhilofaxySteve Morton

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Previous Episodes:

2020

98 - Transform Your Productivity
97 - Getting out of Stuck

2019

96 - Minimalist Planning.
95 - How to take your planning to the next level.
94 - Mission and Vision Statements
93 - How to plan your year in advance
92 - Workflows
91 - How to plan in a week that is already a busy one.
90 - Avoiding mistakes in planning
89 - Refocus
88 - When Your Plans or Goals Don't Work Out
87 - Decluttering Your Life - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
86 - Accessories for your Planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
85 - Journaling -  A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
84 - Workflows - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf

2018

83 - Routines - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
82 - Productivity 201 - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
81 - Planner Sizes - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
80 - Do you have too many planners? - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
79 - Improving Your Planning Productivity - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
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

25 March 2020

Video Web Finds - Wednesday 25 March 2020

So I hope you are all well.

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

Here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. VDS - Behind the Scenes - vdsshop
  2. Filofax Flipthrough | March 2020 - Ganchi_mH
  3. Rearranged Filofax A5 Crocs - Planner mother of 3
  4. Why I Switched Planner Sizes - Compact vs Classic Franklin Planner - Tonya Plans
  5. VDS Touch Me Manager (A5) Tabac: Moving Into The VDS From The Filofax Saffiano - Kelly
  6. Moterm A5 Cover | Unboxing and First Impression - spellbound rose
  7. Moterm Planner Review - MarciLife
  8. How I Do My Weekly Review // Pink Planner Girl - Nicola PinkPlannerGirl
  9. Current setup Louis Vuitton agenda mm (with diyfish) - Stationery Love
  10. B6 Slim Jibun Techo in Filofax Compact Personal Sized Planner - Life with the Velez's!
  11. Personal Gillio Rings Flip Thru March 2020 - Plan to Create
  12. REVIEW | Gillio Medium XL Compagna vs. Van der Spek Standard Touch Me - Jessica Torina // RubyDoobies
  13. Gillio compagna v LV agenda MM - why can’t I love my Gillios? - Stationery Love
  14. Gillio Medium Compagna Flip Through - Ella Bella Plans
  15. Gillio Mia Cara Personal Planner Flip - iheart2plan
  16. March Planner Setup - My24Plan
  17. Personal Rings Set- Up March 2020 - poppyandgray
  18. Filofax and pets! (Coronavirus/COVID-19 rambles) - planning gaily
  19. Filofax original patent rose pocket flip through - kti. plans
  20. Filofax Malden Stone Pocket flipthrough - Erica Boone
  21. Cash Envelope System | Filofax Wallet - Vanessa Abigail
  22. Filofax Compact Saffiano Setup | Wallet/Planner Combo | The Pixie Planner - The Pixie Planner
  23. My Filofax Pocket Croc Setup | Update! | Systematic Maddie | Functional Planner Setup - Systematic Maddie
  24. Filofax Wochendeko KW 12 | DoomAnimal Chaos - c_grosz_
  25. Filofax setup - Lara Klein
  • 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




24 March 2020

Free For All Tuesday - No. 477

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.

We are here to answer your questions.

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

It is Tuesday after all so fire away with any questions and comments.


23 March 2020

There and Back Again: a Kensington's Tale - by Anita

I have bought and sold many binders over the years, but rarely have seller's regret.
In hindsight, I have often been a little too keen to sell, but have realised recently that I have pushed myself to own only the one when keeping more is allowed! Like many in the community, I don't smoke, barely drink and in general am a fairly frugal person, so owning more than one isn't going to cause any financial issues. Organisers help me stay sane and I enjoy using them.

With all this in mind, I realised that since I purchased my first Filofax back in 2009, one fairly unassuming one has really become my favourite, my black personal Kensington. I first purchased it from eBay back in 2014 and it has also belonged to three other people in the Philofaxy community. The lovely Deb gifted it back to me in 2016, but I sent it back to her the following year as I was again trying to get back down to just the one and couldn't see myself using solely a black organiser.

Once again, I am so lucky for her kindness as when I got in contact, she was happy to return it again and didn't allow me to pay for shipping. Thank you, Deb.


I'm using the same simplified set up that I've been using for nearly two years now, except that I have now added an additional section for projects.




After the last London Philofaxy meet up, I treated myself to a TWSBI Eco fountain pen, but it's a bit too large to fit in either the Kensington's or Van der Spek's pen loops. My VdS has two pen loops, so my Staedtler Triplus fineliner lives in one and the TWSBI pen clip attaches to the other. However, how to use both pens in the Kensington? After a little experimentation, I discovered the simplest solution is for the TWSBI to live inside the rings as when the binder is closed the inserts stop the pen moving.


Deb very kindly added this little card in the package.



My Van der Spek is currently holding some spare inserts and some old notes that I need to process. I don't plan on using both the personals together any more than that, but when I fancy a change or need more colour, I will then move back into the Van der Spek. 


Back in April 2018, this was my version of my planner peace:

Pocket size Raydori, red personal Winchester and A5 lined Leuchtturm

And here is my updated 2020 version:

Raydori, Kensington, custom Van der Spek and A5 Leuchtturm

21 March 2020

Web Finds - Saturday 21 March 2020

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 - Saturday 14 March 2020
  2. Silent Sunday
  3. Gillio Announcement
  4. Gillio Special Limited Belgium Edition.
  5. Free For All Tuesday - No. 476
  6. Video Web Finds - Wednesday 18 March 2020
  7. 10 things I wish I had known as a Filofax newbie - By Anita
  8. Free For All Friday - No. 593 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. Business as usual during world crisis? - Lime Tree Fruits
  2. Sherwood Personal - Filowiki - Recent changes [en]
  3. Time management Monday: More Tips on Working From Home - Quo Vadis Blog
  4. How to Have the Most Productive Day Ever! - Strange & Charmed
  5. Last items for sale from old TM Collection Colours – 30% discount - Blog Vdsshop
  6. Sherwood Personal - Filowiki - Recent changes [en]
  7. How it all Began: FranklinPlanner’s Founders - FranklinPlanner Talk
  8. Introducing: the Belgium Edition - Blog | Gillio
  9. Filowiki - Filowiki - Recent changes [en]
  10. BuJo Terminology: Migration vs. Scheduling - Ganchi Plans
  11. Planning in Uncertain Times - Strange & Charmed
  12. Episode #58: David Allen talks with Bruce Fetzer - Getting Things Done
  13. My hectic months – update! - This Bug's Life
  • 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

Enjoy