17 January 2020

Free For All Friday - No 584 by Steve

Our first daffodil came in to flower this week... Daffodils in January always seems a little mad to me. But that is one of the side effects of living a bit further south than we used to I guess.

Do you record the weather and other events that happened in your garden so you can compare one year to the next?

Of course it is Friday so feel free to discuss anything organiser related.

16 January 2020

The Podcast


Today you should have been able to listen to the next episode of the podcast, but when I was doing the final edit of the audio files yesterday I noticed a problem with my side of the audio, which I have not been able to correct. So we will have to re-record that episode. Sadly this happens from time to time.

Instead I thought I would give you a bit of an update on where we are with the podcast.

What am I talking about? "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse" podcast, yes it's a bit of a take on 'The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy' by the late great Douglas Adams.

I mentioned the idea of the name to Karine one day and it has stuck because we haven't thought of anything better!

We have been 'broadcasting' since February 2016, with 96 episodes published already and a few more in the pipeline to be recorded in the coming weeks as time allows.

If you haven't discovered the Podcast yet, you can listen on line to each one using a variety of methods, each one holds all of the previous episodes:
You don't have to go back to the first one, we have tried to make each one a complete episode and we attempt to avoid mentioning when it was recorded, so you can dip in to and listen to them in any order and listen to just the episodes that interest you. 

We have a Patreon page for people to be able to donate a small amount of money or more if they wish. The money helps to support the podcast team (Karine and Steve) and the money is used to pay for services we use to publish the podcast episodes as well as equipment and service updates to keep the quality of the podcast as high as possible.

We are giving Patrons some exclusive content and the ability to listen to new episodes a few days earlier than others. We will always keep them free to listen to generally. But the subscription income helps us to keep the podcast 'advert free' without advert breaks and annoying 'plugs' for non-relevant companies.

If you have any ideas for future episodes even if it is a topic we might have previously discussed please email podcast at philofaxy dot com  and the email will find its way to Karine and Steve.

Thank you everyone for your continued support.

15 January 2020

Video Web Finds - Wednesday 15 January 2020

So I hope you have had a good weekend.

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. My Annual Review Process | Kendra Bork - Kendra Bork
  2. How I Set My Goals for 2020 - the planner spot
  3. How I write goals in my Franklin Planner | Goal Planning Forms and Values - Tonya Plans
  4. Trying a New Productivity Tool | Gantt Chart - Ganchi_mH
  5. Filofax Finsbury vs. Moterm Personal Size Planner - Brandy Michelle Plans
  6. How to Print and Cut MySummerTouch Inserts - Ganchi_mH
  7. Franklin Covey Splendor Binder | 2020 Planner Flip Through | Candiik Vlogs - Candiik
  8. Planner flip through Franklin Covey compact ava - Linda Zertuche
  9. New new planner set up, Target spot haul and future of my channel | my vds - my vds
  10. 2020 Planner Setup: Extension (A5) - rleplans
  11. My Current 2020 Planner Setup - eyes2jesus
  12. Choosing A Planner Series Two Personal Mini Rings And Disc Planners | The Daily Lleeder - The Daily LLeeder
  13. A6 Ring Planner Pouch|Lane and Alley Boutique - Carrots & Olives
  14. My TOP 3 Planners for 2020! - The Fabulous Planner
  15. Filofax Finsbury vs. Moterm Personal Size Planner - Brandy Michelle Plans
  16. Filofax Malden vs B6 Moterm - Daksina
  17. Van Der Spek Custom Italian Nero - Nekolassa
  18. Minimalist Personal Planner | Flip Through | Filofax Richmond 
  19. Filofax Malden Stone 2020 Planner Setup - Sort Stuff Out
  20. 2020 Compact Filofax Croc | Bullet Journal Style Setup | The Pixie Planner - The Pixie Planner
  21. Chatty Plan With Me | Weekly Personal Filofax | Jan 6-12 - Kat's Creative Corner
  22. My Updated Filofax Malden - Shirley Thrives
  23. My Disney Vacation Planner (Filofax finsbury pocket) - Plan With D
  24. Filofax Wochendeko KW 1 - starflower_plans
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14 January 2020

Free For All Tuesday - No. 467

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.

13 January 2020

The Return of the Filofax Mini?

A few people spotted that Filofax Japan had shared some photos of new colours for the Filofax Malden on line.

Looking in to this even closer we noticed that they included the Mini size. Something that disappeared in other markets a couple of years ago.

Here are the photos from Instagram.




There is a Filofax Japan on-line store but it is all in Japanese naturally.

However, Amazon Japan can be viewed in English, with some interesting translations! The Malden Mini is available for 13200 Yen (about £92)

Will these also appear in UK, Europe and USA? We will have to wait and see I suspect.

Would you use a Mini if they became available again?

12 January 2020

Silent Sunday

Helping with photos taken for sale of brown personal Ascot (sold in a crazy decluttering moment)

11 January 2020

Reader Review?

Someone emailed me today offering to send a guest post about the Clipbook Personal size.

I only saw the notification on my phone screen whilst we were in a restaurant.

However, when I got home this afternoon I can't find any trace of the email, I've checked all folders on the philofaxy at gmail dot com account

Can you please resend your email, sorry I don't even know the name of the person.

Web Finds - Saturday 11 January 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 4 January 2020
  2. Silent Sunday
  3. What was the name of that model?
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 466
  5. Video Web Finds - Wednesday 8 January 2020
  6. Time to put your Organiser on a diet?
  7. Free For All No 583 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. Flying Tiger ring organisers - This Bug's Life
  2. Episode #56: David Allen on Mental RAM, Rapid Refocusing, and Checklists - Getting Things Done
  3. Tomoegawa paper - The KohKohNut
  4. The Franklin Five: January 2020 - FranklinPlanner Talk
  5. Free 2020 Monthly Calendars for Planners - Wendaful Planning
  6. How to Live a Well-Designed Life in 2020 - Day Designer
  7. F.D.’s GTD Story - Getting Things Done
  8. Latest Etsy Planner Sticker Purchases! - Polkadotparadiso
  9. Make Your 2020 Resolutions Differently to Make Them Stick - Ganchi Plans
  10. Get Organized with Monthly Free Printable 2020 Calendars - I'm an Organizing Junkie
  11. New Year Goal Setting & Planning - Strange & Charmed
  12. How to Make Custom Planner Stamps for Bullet Journals & Planners With the Silhouette Mint - Wendaful Planning
  13. Customer review: Pocket Mia Cara - Blog | Gillio
  14. New Beginnings… - Random Endeavours
  15. Time management Monday: How to manage different timescales for your goals - Quo Vadis Blog
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  • 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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10 January 2020

Free For All No 583 by Laurie

I recently had to get a new laptop because my old one was grinding to a halt. My new laptop does not have a CD/ DVD drive. My dad makes CDs of family photos for me, so I had to transfer all the photos from the CDs onto my external hard drive while my old computer was still functional so I could have access to those photos.

My new computer backs up to the cloud, which is convenient, and to an external hard drive so I can have all my photos and files locally too. I don't like having all my stuff in the cloud, just in case something prevents me from accessing it. But the reality is it's not totally safe on a hard drive either. There's the possibility of the disk becoming corrupted, or something happening to it physically. Thus the redundant backups.

Data accessibility is something I think of fairly often. I've lived through floppy disks (large and small), CDs, data sticks, and now the cloud. Similarly, not all that long ago all my photos were taken using film, now they are all digital.

As data storage technology marches on, we lose access to information when we no longer have the right machinery to access it. I have a video tape of my wedding but can't watch it because I don't have a VCR. My thesis is on a floppy disk. Not that I ever plan to read my thesis again, but I couldn't now if I didn't have a paper copy.

As I transferred my family photos from CDs to the external hard drive and then uploaded them to the cloud, I couldn't help but think about the fact that I don't need an interface to access the information housed in my 20 years of Filofax pages on my shelves. I just open the books and read the pages. Data storage technology has moved through several iterations in the past 20 years, and obsolete storage technology leads to inaccessible data. I don't see myself ever moving away from paper planners and journals. I always want to be able to open a book and read what I wrote, however many years ago.

As always on Fridays, feel free to ask and/ or discuss anything ring binder organizer related!

09 January 2020

Time to put your Organiser on a diet?

With Christmas out of the way,  I see that a few of you are doing Weight Watchers and other healthy and diet type things.

January arrives... new diary... new goals and all that stuff and 'Oh I must go on a diet' 'I can't get in any of my clothes' ..... where did I put my waist band extender...?

What else do you do at New Year.....???

You suddenly grab those nice new 2020 diary inserts that you have had since August. Click open your Filofax rings.... using both the tabs of course and then you slot in the whole 12 months in one go.

You try and close the rings... using both hands and then there is a problem... your Filofax has now 'bulked up' like a Michelin Man....


Time to put your Filofax on a diet too.... here are some tips...
  1. Don't put in all of your diary insert, only put in as much as you need.. 3, 4, 6 months at a time. 
  2. Supplement your diary insert with a Year Planner for the more distant events and appointments. 
  3. Archive previous months as they pass.
  4. Don't carry lots and lots of spare pages, only enough for the time you will be away from your stash of inserts and goodies.
  5. How many sheets of stickers and sticky notes do you really need to carry? 
  6. Do you really need to carry maps and tube maps when you have no intention of going on the tube for several weeks?
  7. Do an annual or bi-annual review of all the pages you are carrying, check the names and addresses pages too. 
You have done all of that But how much is too much in a Filofax? 

If you open your Filofax with all the pages to one side and you can just see the join in the rings, then you are most probably ok.

Any more than that and you will start to have problems turning pages. If you are seeing the inside edge of the paper getting folded and creased that is another sign that you have too much paper in your Filofax.

If you are using Personal size, then remember you have quite a range of ring sizes from 11 mm to 30 mm to choose from for however many pages you want to carry.

Mr Malden above has been relieved of all those excess pounds... sorry pages after the photo was taken!


08 January 2020

Video Web Finds - Wednesday 8 January 2020

So I hope you have had a good weekend.

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. eVDS Custom Made Manager A5 Ring Organizer Lay-out - VDSshop
  2. Planner Flip Thru - 2020 Set Up - the planner spot
  3. 2020 Pocket Planner Set Up | Moterm A7 Rings - Randi Medina
  4. Gillio Medium XL / Franklin Covey Compact - Planit_joe Joe
  5. VDS Custom Made Standard Ring Organizer Lay-out - VDSshop
  6. Ep. 5 - A5 Filofax Clipbook Flipthrough (Planner Setup) - lettered plans
  7. Plannersetup january in a #franklincovey - Linda Zertuche
  8. VDS Custom Made Senior Ring Organizer Lay-out - VDSshop
  9. 2020 Planner System | Filofax, Passion Planner, kikki.K, Create & Cultivate - liveplanlove
  10. Choosing a Planner: Franklin Covey or Bullet Journal - ADLynnSpeaks
  11. VDS Custom Made Junior Ring Organizer Lay-out - VDSshop
  12. Happy Content Planner | Meet Hermione! - Ganchi_mH
  13. Planning in my EDC(Gillio pocket XL) - Plan With D
  14. VDS Custom Made Mini Ring Organizer Lay-out - VDSshop
  15. 2020 Planner Setup: EDC - rleplans
  16. My Franklin Planner 2020 Setup and Flip Through - Tonya Plans
  17. VDS 'Touch Me' Manager A5 Ring Organizer Lay-out - VDSshop
  18. My planner lineup - January 2020 - Vegan Organizer
  19. 2020 Every Day Carry // Van Der Spek Personal Rings - thefoxicorn
  20. VDS 'Touch Me' Standard Ring Organizer Lay-out - VDSshop
  21. 2020 Planner Lineup: Pocket Filofax and Plumpaper - CourtsPlans
  22. 2020 Filofax Planner Flip Through - Patricia Izabela
  23. My First Filofax Malden - Shirley Joss
  • For tips on how to improve your videos, please see this post.  Also this video too Webfinds 
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07 January 2020

Free For All Tuesday - No. 466

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.

06 January 2020

What was the name of that model?

How many times have you seen questions about particular models, or other models that also have a certain size of rings or a wallet back pocket.... the list goes on!!

Well help is at hand for all of these types of questions.... FiloWiki. This is a site created and managed by our friend Robert Mayr.

On the site you will find one of the most comprehensive listings of all Filofax models that I know of.

If you have any information that you would like to contribute to FiloWiki, please contact Robert I'm sure he will welcome more input.

Add in all the old catalogues here on Philofaxy and hopefully you should be able to find an answer to most questions easily.

04 January 2020

Web Finds - Saturday 4 January 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 28 December 2019
  2. Silent Sunday
  3. Change Over Week
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 465
  5. Video Web Finds - Wednesday 1 January 2020
  6. Highlights for December 2019
  7. Free For All Friday - No. 582 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. Happy New Bujo - The Official Filofax Blog
  2. When I had to pull myself back up on my feet * on divorce and loosing family - Lime Tree Fruits
  3. Top 10 Posts of the Decade! - notesinabook
  4. Ziele / Goals - Lorelei Lee's Plan-Bar
  5. Time management Monday: Getting your planner ready for the new year - Quo Vadis Blog
  6. A Year in Review – Looking Ahead to 2020 - FranklinPlanner Talk
  7. Planner Update: Out with the Old, In with the New - The Well-Appointed Desk
  8. My 2019 Planner Set Up Review - Polkadotparadiso
  9. Your 2020 Word For The Year - Day Designer
  10. Bubbles - Happy New Year! - Lorelei Lee's Plan-Bar
  • 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
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03 January 2020

Free For All Friday - No. 582 by Anita

January is already upon us and I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas and belated happy New Year! Sadly I went back to work on the 31st December, but I feel that it's still really Christmas until the decorations come down on twelfth night.

I love this clip by Michael McIntyre:



From a planning perspective, I feel a little like this as I'm still processing what happened in the old year, and not quite committed to plans or projects for 2020. Once upon a time, I used to think that I needed to have much more in place for the 1st January, but have learnt over the years that I normally need longer to mull everything over.

Do you also take this time to consider your planning for the year, or have you already dived in and feel that you have more in place?

And as always on Fridays, please feel free to discuss anything ringbound planner related.
Have a great weekend.

02 January 2020

Highlights for December 2019

So here are the highlights for last month.

We published the following posts.

If you have any ideas for future posts we look forward to hearing your suggestions, please comment below.

General Posts:
Web Finds Posts:

You can catch up on the Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse Podcasts here:



If you are on Facebook don't forget to join the Filofax for Philofaxy Fans group.

If you have a guest post idea, please contact steve at philofaxy dot com  or if there is a topic you would like to see us cover or revisit also please contact Steve.

I hope you find this post useful, please let us know in the comments and we will do our best to do a highlights post each month.

Wishing you all the best for this January 2020.








01 January 2020

Video Web Finds - Wednesday 1 January 2020

Happy New Year, thank you for your continued support through 2019.

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. Filofax Personal Unboxing - John Rush
  2. My 2020 Planner Setup: Cloth + Paper and VDS Shop - Callie Plans
  3. Van Der Spek Sakura Flipthrough - Kamisha Lubin
  4. 2020 Planner Setup | Filofax Pocket with MySummerTouch and PeanutsPlannerCo Inserts - Ganchi_mH
  5. 2020 Planner Lineup | VanDer Spek Junior, Hobonichi, Traveler's Notebook - tiffy butter
  6. 2020 Planner | Pocket Rings | Flip Through | Moterm | Amazon Buy - CheKesha Simms
  7. Adding Rings to an A6 Appunto Trifold - Behold This
  8. 2020 Planner Set Up | Franklin Covey Compact Flip Through - Valerie Brown
  9. My 2020 Ring Planner Setup | Gillio XL Compagna - erika_ lifevlogs
  10. Set Up With Me: 2020 EDC Planner - rleplans
  11. My December 2019 Favorites - Ganchi_mH
  12. My 2020 EDC planner: Gillio pocket compagna XL - Plan With D
  13. My 2020 Planner Setup - Brandy Michelle Plans
  14. Plan With Me | Personal Filofax - Sam Kelley
  15. Mi Filofax Saffiano Peony para 2020 - Rodesita S.
  16. Come organizzo la mia agenda per il 2020! (Filofax Metropol personal e altro..) - Semplicemente Marty
  17. In Depth Flip | Filofax Malden W/ Compact (4.25 X 6.75) Inserts - introvert planner
  18. New week in my planner Filofax croc A5 - Lisenok Li
  19. Filofax Personal Chameleon システム手帳と保存用ファイル - 月村朝子
  20. Переезжаю в Filofax Malden - Plan and Play
  21. Moving to a Filofax Malden - PlanFun Repeat
  • 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