22 October 2017

Functional Planning at PlannerCon Europe

Sophia Pan contacted me this last week as she is organising a small side event at PlannerCon Europe  next weekend about 'Functional Planning' I've christened it FunCon! I will be attending!

Functional Planning Informal Meet-Up at PannerCon Europe

This is for anyone who is into functional planning – using (not decorating) a planning to assist you to manage your life (short and long term) and achieve your goals.

Date: Sunday, October 29
Time: 8:30 – 9:50 am

Location: Le Pain Quotidien (Galerie de la Reine 11, 1000 Bruxelles

Everyone will purchase whatever he or she would like at Le Pain Quotidien. There is no fee for attending this meet-up. If there is a change in meeting location, it will be announced here in the comments.

Since we don’t have a lot of time, we will only do a brief intro (name, country/countries).

After that, we will share
  1. Functional planning system that currently works for folks (8:30 – 9:20 am) and 
  2. One questions or tip for folks who are looking for strategies or suggestions to run their life more effectively and/or achieve a certain goal (9:21 – 9:40 am). 
We will take group photos (of us and our planners), exchange contact info, and wrap up from 9:41 – 9:50 am.  Folks who plan to be at the raffles should be able to make it back to the conference at 10 am.

Please bring one or more functional planner you are currently using to share with the group. We especially welcome stories/experiences of using a planner to achieve certain life goals (pass a professional exam, lose weight, manage a household, manage health challenges, financial management, etc.)

Feel free to message Sophia with questions!

21 October 2017

Web Finds - 21 October 2017

So I hope you have had a good week

So now it is time to enjoy a few 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 - 14 October 2017
  2. What types of planners belong on Philofaxy?
  3. Guest Post - Homemade Leather A5 Organiser - Paul
  4. Free For All Tuesday No. 350
  5. Web Finds - 17 October 2017
  6. Win A Rapesco Diary Punch and Support the Fight Against Breast Cancer
  7. Do you have to pay a lot of money to get a good designed organiser?
  8. Free For All Friday No. 466
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. Getting Started with 2018 Inserts - Kat's Life In Cali
  2. Black Congo Mulberry Double Binder on eBay - This Bug's Life
  3. Blog Post Tracker Personal Size Insert - MyPrettyPaperDesigns
  4. Are You Micromanaging Your Mind? - Getting Things Done
  5. Reasons for Changing Planner Systems - Tales From A Polk County Girl
  6. Free (2017+) 2018 refills with your planner! - Blog | Gillio
  7. B-day Planner Sale 50% OFF is ON + *very* important announcement about LTF printables - Lime Tree Fruits
  8. Time management Monday: Different ways to use the Space 24 week + notes planner - Quo Vadis Blog
  9. Comparing Organization Set Ups - Tales From A Polk County Girl
  10. Blog Post Tracker A5 Planner Inserts - MyPrettyPaperDesigns
  11. The Hidden Secret to an Effective Work Planner -  Giftie Etcetera
  12. Speakers' Corner Saturday - 405 - Filomaniac
  13. Rescheduled Functional Planner Stickers - MyPrettyPaperDesigns
  14. 2018 GTD Organizer and GTD Organizer are now available! - Getting Things Done
  15. The FeelGood ToolBox - Lime Tree Fruits
  16. Fairy tale forest planner - Mrs Brimbles
  17. 5 Ways To Be Productive When You’re Sick - Time Management Ninja
  18. 5 Simple Ways to Better Prepare for Your Day with a Paper Planner - Day Designer
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Please note that Web Finds next week will be completed by late on Thursday night as apposed to Friday night due to my attendance at Planner Con Europe. Posts not captured on Friday will be added to Web Finds the following week. Thanks for your understanding.

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20 October 2017

Free For All Friday No. 466

The 31st of October 2005 was the start of something that has had a very significant impact on my life in recent times. I didn't know about it then, in fact not for a couple of years after Philofaxy started with the post 'In the beginning'

Back then I had only just started a new job after nearly a year off. I was using a Filofax again for the first time in many years.

It wasn't until I bought an A5 Filofax I started to look around for other websites and came across Philofaxy almost by accident and started to read through the posts with interest.

Even today I know there are people finding us for the 'first time' How did you discover Philofaxy?

Of course it is Friday so please feel free to discuss anything Filofax or ring bound planner related. Have a great weekend.

19 October 2017

Do you have to pay a lot of money to get a good designed organiser?

I have had a particular interest now for a few years in the design of organisers.

My talk at Plannercon Europe at the end of October will be 'How to choose or design the perfect planner'.  Elements of this post are likely to appear in that talk, which is still being written at the time of the publishing of this post!

Over the years if you look through the Filofax catalogues we have in our collection, there have been numerous designs of Filofax organisers. Each design is slightly different to the others. Yes they have some common features, but in general Filofax have tried to make them as different as possible.

Occasionally I discover a design that really appeals to me because of some small detail that has been included in the design of the organiser.

So my subject for this post is the humble Filofax Fusion Personal size from 2013-2014. I've had a 'few' of these, given them away as prizes etc. I reacquired one because there was something about it that I liked.

The Personal size retailed at the time at £40, it is made in a mixture of a microfibre material with the strap closure in full grain leather. Now you might easily look past this organiser which came in Personal and A5 as just another 'non-leather' one.

It looks fairly smart, the exterior is fairly indestructible. I am sure it would survive being chucked in to a backpack, the occasional rain shower without looking any worse for wear.

Now the clever bits of the design...

Notice on the front outside cover there are two pockets that could take an i.d. pass or ticket or business card and be accessible without opening up the organiser or even undoing the strap.

On the rear cover there is a full height outside pocket, you do have to undo the strap on this one to gain access to it, but you don't have to open the organiser.

Then on the inside front cover there is a slot that can take a modern smart phone, shown here with my iPhone 6 in its cover.  The phone pocket is gusseted so it expands to easily take the phone.

And the strap closure has more then enough length it easily copes with the extra bulk of having the phone inside as well as a full set of inserts. 

Small details, but for me they make quite an inexpensive organiser a useful day to day planning/organisational tool.

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