20 February 2017

Giveaway for the Plannerology Event at PlannerCon USA

Are you going to be at PlannerCon USA in March?

If you are, I am giving away a paid for ticket to the Plannerology event as a gift from Philofaxy to one lucky person.
'Why would you do that Steve?
If you listen back to the podcasts over the last year you might have detected that slowly but surely Karine has been working on helping me make better use of my own planner. 

I am eternally grateful to Karine for her patience in nudging me in the right direction!

I'm sure there are others in our community who could benefit from her tutorials and skills. The Plannerology event will be a fairly exclusive event with only 15 tickets available. So the lucky winner will be one of the few not the many.

So how can you win this ticket I have on offer?
In less than 250 words tell me how you believe your planning skills would benefit from attending this Plannerology event.
You can supply photos of your current planner to back up your text as evidence, but this isn't a requirement. 
Email your submission to steve at philofaxy dot com before the closing date and label your entry Plannerology Ticket

Some rules...
1. Obviously you must be attending PlannerCon USA already, sadly I can't make it.  The Plannerology event will take place on 11 March in the evening.
2. We reserve the right to request confirmation from you that you have a ticket to PlannerCon USA
3. No cash alternatives are available.
4. The competition will close at 23:30 (11:30pm - Paris time) on Sunday evening 26th February 2017
5. The winner will be informed via email the following day and details will be forwarded to Karine.
6. The judges decision is final

I linked to Karine's post below in Webfinds last week, but here it is again in full below....

Good luck. 

Greetings Plannerologists!

I am planning on having a VIP First-Class Lifestyle session at PlannerCon with a select few individuals. Space is limited to 15 people only! One person (that's one in 15 people) will have a chance to win a $200 Plannerology gift certificate to gain a planning session with me, either in person if you are local to the VA/DC area or via Skype.

Get your tickets here. This is an OFFICIAL Plannerology event.

There WILL be rare planners to sniff and pet!

After the success of setting up Plannerology in 2016, I've gotten a lot of private messages thanking me for inspiring members to create the lifestyle they have always dreamt of having. It's one thing to dream about living the life you want and another to actually define it and live it. In detail, crating order from chaos. This calls for creating all the first-class lifestyle space you can and removing all other obstacles. Living a first-class lifestyle takes courage and an open mind. There must be a willingness to accept more than one way of getting to the same destination.

That's why I decided to offer up this historic, (yes, I said historic) event. The first annual PlannerCon in San Francisco is already breaking multiple "first" moments with the sheer size and scale of the event along with the quality speakers (*ahem*) and vendors.

The magic that is created at Plannerology allows for small and permanent habit changes, allowing us to ease into our desired lifestyle with grace. Nothing is forced. We develop personal mission statements and yes, we will be doing activities to discover this elusive creature at the VIP session.

I have a slew of take aways for attendees, which by the way is limited to 15 people!! Any more than 15 and we lose the magic. One attendee is guaranteed to walk away with a $200.00 Plannerology Gift Certificate (that's a one in 15 chance of winning), for private session with me after PlannerCon.

Because the First-Class lifestyle is a mindset. we will work on setting the groundwork for that. How? Bring your planner, your pen and yourself to this special event being held on the 9th floor of the Grand Hyatt Hotel on PlannerCon eve! We will have a 1.5-hour guided session, away from the craziness, in a quiet setting where we can take our time and give ourselves a chance to breathe in what is important.

In this VIP Planning Session, you will be able to :

  1. Develop a Personal Mission Statement 
  2. Defining goals that align with your purpose in life 
  3. Ground yourself in your purpose or reigniting your passion for your purpose 
  4. Use your planner as a playbook for your life 
  5. Start taking control of all the moving bits around you 
  6. Make choices that push you forward in your goal success 
  7. Curate (edit) the parts of your life that don't serve you anymore 
  8. Learn to establish routines to enhance your wellbeing 
  9. Start creating a life purpose altogether yours
We will have classical music, a private, ambient and intimate setting. What better way to start off PlannerCon than a private, VIP session?! I welcome you to join me in leaving white space behind. Let's start filling the pages together.

Get your tickets here

19 February 2017

Sunday Start Monthly Inserts

A few weeks ago I showed you all how you can create Sunday start weekly inserts. Today I'm going to dive in and show you to how to create Sunday Start Monthly inserts.

The process is similar, if anything slightly easier. Whilst I'm only covering Monthly inserts, the same principles will apply to changing any monthly calendar including the ones at the top of some of our weekly inserts.

Fortunately the change is only in the Word source document, you do not need to change anything in the Excel source document.

So starting with a conventional Monday Start Month on One Page:

In the Word source file if you toggle the preview in the mail merge tool you will see the merge fields as shown below:

To change this to Sunday Start you obviously need to move the header days across by one column and move Sunday to the start of the week.

You then need to move the merge fields for Sunday across to the start column but shifted down the table by a week. As follows:

Toggling the mail merge preview gives you the final result:

Once again can I emphasise that we have no intention of providing Sunday Start inserts in addition to Monday start ones at present. So if you really want Sunday Start inserts it is time to learn how to do the mail merge etc to be able to create your own inserts.

To help you get started, here are the source files I created for the screen shots above:

Sunday Start Month on One Page - Word Source file, Excel Source file.

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18 February 2017

Web Finds - 18 February 2017

So I hope you have had a good week

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

Here are some Philofaxy posts you might have missed this week:
  1. Web Finds - 11 February 2017
  2. Reader Under The Spotlight - Leila
  3. Van der Spek Meet Up - June 2017
  4. PlannerCon Europe 2017
  5. Free For All Tuesday - No 315
  6. Web Finds - 14 February 2017
  7. The Great Organiser Hole Spacing Conspiracy Revisited
  8. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 50
  9. Free For All Friday - no. 431 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. Nuovi divisori per la Filofax pocket Siena  - A little trip in Flavia's world
  2. My planner collection - Sharondippity
  3. VIP First-Class Lifestyle Session at PlannerCon March 11-12 - Plannerology
  4. Special croco Junior - Blog Vdsshop
  5. February 2017 | Issue 4… “Someday…” - Paper Planning Magazine
  6. VDS planners and me - Blog - PlanCademy
  7. Speakers' Corner Saturday - 370 - Filomaniac
  8. GTD and Attention - Getting Things Done®
  9. Control that Washi tape - My Filofax Blog
  10. Pocket Wedding Planner - The Organizeaholic
  11. Wish List - Life with my Planners
  12. The 6 Essential Steps To Successful Goal Setting - Cupcakes and Cadenzas
  • 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

We are on the look out for more people to take part in Reader Under the Spotlight. If you would like to appear in this feature then please contact Steve : philofaxy at gmail dot com  Thank you.

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17 February 2017

Free For All Friday - no. 431 by Anita

I have owned quite a few Filofaxes over the years, but tend to keep a pretty small collection as I usually sell one if I purchase a new one. This has enabled me to try out a good variety and I've realised that my preference is for older models in red, brown or black colour. I think that partly I like the layout and design of the vintage ones, but it's occurred to me recently that I also prefer owning something with a bit of character. It also needs to be in a darker colour, so that it doesn't show wear and tear so easily. As a recovering perfectionist, I can absolutely understand why someone would want to keep their binder in pristine condition by keeping it in a pouch, but for me personally trying to keep things like new just caused me stress. I think that nowadays I probably enjoy using them more as I'm not worried about damaging or marking them with use.

Do you keep your binders in a pouch, or do they get shoved into bags (like mine)?

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