04 December 2016

Reader Under The Spotlight - Lydia

Today I would like to introduce you to Lydia

Hi, I'm Lydia, and I'm a lifestyle blogger over at mademoisellewomen.wordpress.com.

1. When did you buy your first organiser and what was it?

This was about maybe four years ago, having started out as a blogger, and the envy at people's Filofax blog post. Really-Gala Darling and Oberjean. On a limited budget, it was a personal size promotional Breast cancer organiser. (I can't recall the name. Too long ago!)

2. Out of the organisers you own which is your current favourite (Style and Size)?

I'm currently using my red metropol, in personal size. I had a bit of a debate over on my blog about that...

3. How many Filofax or other brands of organisers do you own?

Two. As I've already mentioned. But your first Filofax always has a special place...

4. What do you use your organisers for?

Various things usually, but since this year has been winding down, I have tried to minimise the content. There's a diary, meeting notes, university details, a film list, passwords, places to visit list, bucket list, column list and details, book history, phone numbers, blog post lists, random questions for interviews, PR partnerships, job application tracker, Christmas gifts, addresses, and a spare notebook. It's a mess, really.

5. How many sections do you have in your organiser and what is each section used for?

I don't currently have any..

6. If you could design your own Filofax what would it feature?

Medicine pills pocket, an optional left or right pen loop, paper that doesn't bleed, a pocket for sequins, and a diary.

7. What's your favourite Filofax tip or hack?

I don't really have one...

8. Have you ever attended a Philofaxy meet-up? if not do you intend to one day?

I hadn't known about this before. But I would love to!

9. What was the last movie you watched?

The Colony with Emma Watson.

10. What was the last book you read?

Elizabeth is missing by Emma Healy.

Thank you for letting me take part!

Thank you Lydia.

As you know we are always looking for new people to appear in our 'Reader Under Spotlight 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. Thank you.

03 December 2016

Web Finds - 3 December 2016

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 - 26 November 2016
  2. Reader Under The Spotlight - Thomas
  3. A date for your diary - Sunday 11 December 2016
  4. Free For All Tuesday No. 304
  5. Web Finds - 29 November 2016
  6. Philofaxy Meet Up - London - November 2016
  7. The New Van der Spek Touch Me Range Has Arrived!
  8. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 40
  9. Free For All Friday No 420 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. Christmas planning in a Filofax - Queen of Yarnia, Stuff & Things
  2. When Productivity Meets What Matters Most - FranklinPlannerTalk
  3. Il planner......Gillio Medium Mia Cara - La Bottega di Melany
  4. Etsy Feature #4 - Karen's Obsessions
  5. Time management Monday: Why use a paper planner? Part 3: Productivity and Goals - Quo Vadis Blog
  6. Filofax: a how to guide. - Mademoiselle
  7. Confessions of A Plannerholic: Top 10 Stocking Fillers for Book Lovers and Plannerholics.  - The Stationery Geekette
  8. Filofax Clipbook és A5-ös (L) méretű filofax összehasonlítása - FilofaxNi!
  9. Ask The Desk: B6, 8126 Long, Swivodex, Filofax Refills, Frixion for recipes - The Well-Appointed Desk
  10. November Etsy Haul - Karen's Obsessions
  11. The first ring binder? It’s 2000 years old! - This Bug's Life
  12. Plan. Celebrate. Repeat. - Paper Planning Magazine
  13. Christmas Planner Setup - @carladetaboada
  14. December 2016 To-Do Checklist - FranklinPlannerTalk
  15. Planner Productivity: Effective Working Methods - The Stationery Geekette
  16. My Christmas Planner Set Up - Mrs Brimbles
  17. Van Der Spek Janet Leather pen case – after 2 years - This Bug's Life
  18. Etsy Feature #5 - Karen's Obsessions
  19. When you truly know what you should be doing - Getting Things Done®
  20. Health & Fitness Planner Set Up - It's Bluetiger...
  • 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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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.


02 December 2016

Free For All Friday No 420 by Laurie

For more than a year now I've been using my A5 Boston Filofax for everything: monthly and weekly planning, personal and work. I absolutely love this binder and I never want to give it up. But I've been struggling to plan my busy weeks in the A5 pages. So for 2017 I have decided to bust out of my binder into a bound planner book with a larger page size for my weekly planning.

I hear you: If I need more planning space, why not just use daily pages in my binder? Unfotunately I have to plan with a week view, it's the only way I function. Actually there are several reasons why I'm happy about changing out to a bound weekly planner: I can get a larger page size for planning, and my beautiful binder (with all my monthly, future-planning, holidays and birthdays planning, and all my work stuff) can stay at home where I don't have to worry about it getting damaged, lost or stolen. Win-win!

I've seen many other people do the same: they use their Filofax (whichever size) for everything except planning, and use a book with a larger page size for planning. Or, more commonly now, they use an app for planning and use their Filofax for other things.

Do you plan outside your Filofax?

And as always on Fridays, feel free to discuss/ ask anything ring-binder related!

01 December 2016

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 40

Good and Bad Planner Habits

This week Kim Kiyabu asked Karine and Steve to discuss a list of good and bad planning habits.

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

Show Notes (timings approximate)
00:00 - Introductions
01:50 - Bad planner habit no. 1 - Not using it at all
03:00 - Trying to remember everything
03:30 - Carry your planner and have it handy
04:00 - Make sure your notes make sense
05:00 - Focus on what you need when travelling
06:30 - Don't be too restrictive on scheduling
07:30 - Plan out your day before you go to sleep the night before
09:45 - Don't overfill your planner
11:40 - How many spare pages do you have stored in your desk
13:00 - Collect all of your things together in one place
13:30 - Use A-Z index dividers to sort inserts
14:30 - Make lists of the inserts you have 'in stock'
18:00 - Don't take a planner from one place to another when travelling and not using it
20:30 - Don't tear out pages out of your planner
21:00 - Don't open your rings with your fingers ONLY use the tabs
22:00 - Be consistent in using your planner
24:00 - Cross reference/index the information in your planner
26:00 - Use context for notes
28:00 - Use your planner to balance out your week

Episode 40 - Good and Bad Planner Habits

A direct download is also available here: Episode40.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: Plannerology, Karine 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/

Previous Episodes:

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
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