Planning: What’s in my (new) Filofax?

Planning is something that’s important to me;”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.

On opening…

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.)

Have to have tabs!

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.

Can you see the scheduled blog posts for this week?

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.



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  1. March 26, 2018 / 2:54 pm

    This just convinced me even more that I nééd a filofax! I am so chaotic that this probably will help me a lot. Glad it helps you!
    x Angel

  2. March 26, 2018 / 4:56 pm

    I love Dorkface’s stickers.
    This looks perfect for organising, you’ve personalised it so well. I think I’d actually prefer something like this to a bullet journal.

  3. March 27, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    Hi, I was lister I got the radio and they say that they were having a comeback. I used to love mine, maybe I should get one again.

  4. Creative Nails
    March 27, 2018 / 7:19 pm

    This looks so useful! I usually just have a notepad on me but this looks great. I love that you add stickers and glitter, it makes it all that more personal to you and looks so pretty too!

  5. March 27, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    Loved this post! Definitely need to get myself a Filofax to keep track of everything.

  6. March 27, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    you are so organized! I love how you organize everything, I always look to see how people keep themselves organized, since I have my own bullet journal. Great post Lydia xxx

  7. March 27, 2018 / 7:43 pm

    As a fellow Filofax enthusiast, I loved reading this! I have a personal size Domino, and I use it for so many different things! And I love the week on two pages format too. Great post. 🙂 x

  8. Lupe
    March 27, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    You’re so organized! I cant keep up my planner, let alone something like this with so many different parts to it. I’m happy its working for you, this makes me want to get far more organized for my next college term.

  9. March 27, 2018 / 8:47 pm

    I love seeing other people’s notebooks lol it’s so inspiring 😀

  10. March 27, 2018 / 11:50 pm

    This reminds me so much of my bullet journal, it’s my all time favorite hobby, great post✨

  11. March 28, 2018 / 12:02 am

    Nice! I think I need one of these as well. I’m constantly trying to figure out a way to organize.

  12. March 31, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    Really like the idea of a media calendar! Thank you!

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