22 October 2016

Web Finds - 22 October 2016

So I hope you have had a good week.

A bit of a mixed bag this week, with a huge internet outage on Friday causing mass disruption we were unable to check as many sites as usual until quite late on Friday night when things started to get back to normal.

So the blog posts the system found might not include all that have been published. However the system will capture any it missed for next week.

Here are some Philofaxy posts you might have missed this week:
  1. Web Finds - 15 October 2016
  2. Reader Under The Spotlight - Erin
  3. Filofax 1992
  4. Free For All Tuesday No. 298
  5. Web Finds - 18 October 2016
  6. My Own 'Pocket Slim'
  7. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 34 
  8. Free All Friday No 414
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. Lord Dodo's Acad-Pad review and giveaway! - She's Eclectic
  2. Filofax A5 Compact – Heritage – Quick review - Looking through a frosty window…
  3. A4 Organizer- Writing Case - Blog Vdsshop
  4. Speakers' Corner Saturday - 353 - Filomaniac
  5. Episode #23 – GTD and The Organized Mind - Getting Things Done®
  6. New Ostrich: Ciel & Rose  - Blog Vdsshop
  7. Meet the new members of the design team - Tash - Mrs Brimbles
  8. Always Take One Step Forward - Time Management Ninja
  9. The 7 Common Mistakes Killing Your Productivity - Strange & Charmed
  10. Filofax Kitchen Cupboard Project - My Filofax Blog
  11. New Webster's Pages Planners now on Blitsy! - five sixteenths blog
  12. Let’s get ready for Christmas… - Planning with Printed Portal
  13. Keeping work at work - Looking through a frosty window…
  14. The 3 Quick Tips For Feeling Productive Right Now! - Strange & Charmed
  15. Planner Pages from Bargain Shops - My Filofax Blog
  16. Make a list of to-dos for the new season - Franklin Planner Talk
  17. Planner Appeal - Tales From A Polk County Girl
  18. Meet the new design team - Hannah - Mrs Brimbles
  19. Carpe Diem Ballerina - Planner setup - Filofax is my world
  • 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.


21 October 2016

Free All Friday No 414

When ever I share one of the old Filofax catalogues a common theme to the comments is typically:
'I wish we still we able to buy those inserts these days'
Back in the 1980's and early 1990's there was a huge range of very esoteric inserts available. Some that were not obvious as to how they were supposed to be used!

During the spell when I wasn't using a Filofax and I had been using an electronic organiser the whole range changed (read as - was decimated!)

When I emerged again in 2005 and started using a Filofax again, I was surprised by how much was no longer available. I still had some unused inserts from the 1980's. So I recreated some for my own use, not for commercial use.

It was from recreating some of the old inserts I discovered Philofaxy... and the rest is history!

So do you have any specific insert needs that you have seen in the old catalogues? May be we can create an updated version of some of them.

Since it is Friday, all organiser related topics are welcome as well of course!

20 October 2016

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 34

Listeners Question.

Cara Jonkers asked in the Plannerology Facebook Group " I would love an episode on how Steve's planning habits / process has changed over the life of the podcasts.

I know you touch on it in most episodes - but the journey to get to where he is now in one podcast I think would be helpful and insightful."

So I was not prepared for this, but I hope that I answered Cara's question well enough.

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

Show Notes (timings approximate)
00:00 - Introductions
01:00 - The question....
02:30 - Have my planning habits changed?
04:30 - The changes through the year
06:30 - Getting things written down
08:00 - Time Bank
08:30 - Time Investment article in Paper Planning Magazine
09:15 - Splitting your time during the day
10:00 - Motivation
11:00 - Steve's other voluntary work (RSGB ETCC)
15:00 - Project management
16:30 - Dual calendars for Home and Work
17:30 - Going over to one organiser instead of two, the arrival of the A5 Heritage
19:20 - A6 Time Management Inserts
20:00 - What am I using/looking at on a regular basis?
21:00 - Not always carrying my planner away from home!
22:00 - Carrying an A5 all the time
23:00 - Try and pick your size wisely
25:00 - 2017 inserts ready
25:30 - Contextualising tasks and how I use my inserts
27:00 - Regular reviews
28:00 - Podcast workflow
29:00 - Final thoughts

Episode 34 - Listeners Question.

A direct download is also available here: Episode34.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.

Previous Episodes:

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

19 October 2016

My Own 'Pocket Slim'

Tim recently provided us with two posts about the new Lockwood Pocket Slim and about how he started using it.

Well I have my own version of this size/format.  First of all let me describe this beauty for you. 

It is a very dark pebbly leather, almost black as you can see from the photographs below.  

With the organiser open in the front inside cover there are four vertical card slots with a vertical slip pocket behind them.

The rings are 11mm Krause rings, which click nice and tightly shut.

In the inside back cover there are two vertical slip pockets and a full leather pen loop which is quite generous in size, it will take my Uniball Vision Elite pens with no difficulty at all.

Looking down from above you will notice it has a full width back pocket too, which will take extra documents and notes as well.

Unlike the Filofax Lockwood Pocket Slim this has a clasp to hold it closed. The style of the clasp is similar to that used on other brands of organisers.

Overall a very nice organiser, one slight issue.... there is no makers name on it at all. I've been over it with a magnifying glass to try and spot any clues as to the name of the maker. 

The person that sold it to me via Adspot, did not know the make either, but we agreed a very reasonable price for it! 

What will I use it for? Good question, notes I think and for carrying other documents and loose papers and reward cards which I hate cluttering up my compact wallet. 

Yes I'm getting used to using smaller ring organisers.... how about you? 

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