Friday, 7 September 2012

All change on the Filofax front .... again

During the summer I have been using my beautiful Aston pocket Filofax successfully.  However, as the school holidays draw to a close, I realise the pocket size paper just won’t hold enough information for after school clubs and groups, along with scout and rugby activities for the whole family. 

I also realised that I need to keep a few print-outs with me and I struggle to fit these into the pocket size.  As I have an aversion to the Personal size paper and I like to print onto A4 paper returning to A5 was an easy decision.  However the weight and the size of an A5 Filofax in my current handbag was impossible.  What is a woman to do?  Buy a new handbag of course!  Then my gorgeous sister mentioned that she really liked the Chestnut Cuban A5 (she currently had a Chocolate Cuban A5) so with little persuasion, we had a swap around and I am now the proud owner of a beautiful Chocolate Cuban A5 Filofax. 

I love it’s beautiful smooth leather finish (I’m one of those unfortunate souls that really doesn’t like the finish to the Malden).  I also like my Filofax binders to have stiff covers (I often write on my knee) but with the flexibility to lie flat.  The Cuban ticks all those boxes.  With it’s 25mm rings, I hoping to keep it slimline and therefore not too heavy. 

So here are some of the obligatory photos for my fellow Filofax fans:-

Inside the front cover I keep stamps, a solitary cheque, an envelope, a paper clip, some post-it notes, my sister’s business cards and my business cards. 

I then have an A5 Week on 2 Pages print-out of my Google calendars which are synced to my IPhone, Outlook on my PC, my husbands IPhone and DS1’s Android phone.  There are also small rows where I’ve added birthdays, menu planning and tasks.  This picture also shows my home-made floating Today marker with a Weekly To Do list on the front. 

I have created my own dividers from birthday cards and used the Avery Note tabs (cut in half).  At the moment, I prefer the use of top tabs.  I have purposely kept the contents to a minimum so it keeps the weight down. 

If you would like me to write a blog post on how I link my IPhone, Outlook and Filofax across multiple internet calendars, please write a comment below and I can go into further details. 

I’m also using a variety of multi-pens for colour coding each family member.  Again, if you would like more information, ask a question in the comments form below and I will endeavour to answer in a further blog post. 

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  1. I'd be interested in how you incorporate your holistic therapy into the planner - I currently have a full time PAYE job and am also a Reiki and Karuna Reiki Master/Teacher - and would like to develop a practice in my very limited time (loads of voluntary roles! - or was that mug?).?

  2. Hi Discabel

    Thank you for reading my blog and leaving a comment.

    I too have a 'day' job along with my holistic business. As I share my treatment room with someone else, we have a shared Google calendar. On my phone I can view not only all the calendars in my Filofax but also treatment room bookings so we don't double book. However, in Outlook I show only my treatment room bookings and these are a separate colour (purple). Luckily my 'day' job is regular hours so I don't need to add these to my planner. Voluntary holistic work is also colour coded purple with any personal voluntary work coded pink for personal activities.

    My planner can look a little colourful and complicated at time however, it works for me. It's taken some time to develop but its currently working for all of us. I hope this has helped and you sound like a similar mug to me ;)

    I hope I've answered your queries, but if you have any further queries give me a shout and I'll try and clarify further.

  3. Great post! How do you link your iPhone to your Google calendar?

  4. Great post! How do you link your iPhone to your Google calendar?

  5. Thank you Noemi, I'm hoping to write another blog post later this week detailing how to link your IPhone to your Google calendar