“What’s in my filofax?” was a post voted for over on Instagram, and that is what I am going to talk to you about today.
I was given a Moleskine planner for Christmas; however, coupled with the contents of my bag, it was bulky, and meant that my shoulders ached.
This Filofax-size personal-was a promotional organiser, released to raise money for breast cancer charities. It is four or five years old, so it is a little bit battered. However, it sits nicely when opened-more so with age. However, I’m pretty sure it is no longer available to buy-you could probably get it on EBay.
I have simplified the insides a bit more; this was to reduce clutter, and to increase my productivity.
In the pockets on the left: post it notes, an emergency card (if something happens to me, this has my medical information), and an inspirational flyer from when I was at the NUJ. (It advertises Harry Evans’ talk; I find it has an inspirational quality.)
There are three sections in all: Diary, NCTJ, and Information. (The dividers aren’t a full set; I also stuck a sticker over the top of the label they came with.)
The diary is pretty self explanatory; I have a week to two pages, as they are big enough for me to write on. It also means that I can keep track of more-such as with a weekly To-Do list, reminders, etc. In terms of the diary, it helps me remember a lot: copy deadlines; Pilates appointments; when blog posts are going up; media events; talks; birthdays, etc.
I like to make things pretty; glitter makes me smile when I look at it, even if it can come across as a little bit mawkish. I also use stickers; the blog specific ones are from Dorkface on Etsy, the others from Personal Planner.
The next tab Is about my NCTJ qualification. As a JDF recipient, I keep tack of my spending here:
These are standard-sized inserts from WHSmiths. (Newsflash: standard fits personal size, and is sometimes a bit cheaper..) They don’t seem to be on the website, for some reason..
There is also an envelope wallet, in order to collate vouchers for saving:
The last tab is ‘information’; a lot of general stuff is collected under this tab-mainly lists-which keeps my brain in order.
Whsmiths was also selling a stack of notepaper (standard size); as I was seriously lacking in this respect, I had to put it on the Filofax. Plus, it adds a splash of colour. (Again, not on the website; however, you can buy individual packs of notepaper.)
Some of the lists are:
-My “media calendar”. This notes the release of books, films, when concerts or events are, etc. Perfect for stories!
-Books to read.
-Films to watch.
-Blog post ideas.
There is also a wad of extra paper for when I need to write something at the drop of a hat..
And finally; at the back:
Envy Fisher made this envelope. (Go and check out her shop!) In order to be a bit more original, I hole-punched it, and put it in the Filofax. These keep stickers readily available for me; the ones by Personal Planner and Dorkface.
My Filofax has such good benefits for me. Part of my Aspergers is that I need to plan, need to know when things are happening in advance; with this planning system, I can look at things quickly, and without having to create a fuss.
There are also some excellent Filofax blog posts; have you seen Gala Darling’s pink Filofax? She also wrote a guide as what you can put in it.