Back to Filofax I go…

Hi Everyone!

As yo may or may not be aware, I’ve been in the Traveler’s Notebook for about a month.  I loved it, for notes etc.  NOT for a diary or schedule planner.  I couldn’t get my brain around it!  I longingly looked to my trusty Ozzie Osterley time and time again, but thought I’d stick it out in the TN.  I couldn’t do it.  My creative juices were in full swing, I wanted tabs, dividers, today markers, laminated pages, RINGS!  The itch was too great.  I began some point the end of the week and Saturday evening saw me not on the dance floor, but laminating and cutting dividers out for my new setup.  Not much different to my usual Filofax setup either, I just tweaked it a little…  here’s my current setup that I’m working with.

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I found this little postcard in paper chase – I love it!

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Haven’t you seen this divider before?  It’s been recycled from my old stash of dividers 🙂

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On the back of the diary tab I have a “clipboard” printout, I’ve popped post it flags on.

You’ll also see my event sticker flyleaf.

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Then we have my week on two pages (printouts from Philofaxy and My Life All If One Place).  I still use the colour code system but instead of different colour frixxion pens, I’m using one black pen and highlighting with a corresponding colour (green – bills, orange – appointments, pink – reminders, yellow – social).  My today marker I made myself by cutting out photographs that I liked from the internet – the first is a Swim Deep Lyric (a local Brummie band, the song is called Honey).  The second is a coffee cup, the third is a Courteeners photo and the last one is just one that says “dream”.

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This is perhaps the main addition I have to show you today – My A-Z tabs have been remodelled into Jan-Dec & Year tabs.  Behind all tabs I’ve stuck the month to view…  like so:

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Again you’ll see I’m using the black pen and highlighters 🙂

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This is a printout from Philofaxy – the year view of 2015 so I can plan ahead if need be.

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Another recycled divider – my personal section has made a reappearance.  Behind this will eventually be a personal information section (something I’ve not got around to yet!)

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You’ll see I have 3 top tabs after my personal divider.  The first is my bills tab:

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With a postcard taped to the back of the divider.

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Then I have my Lists – christmas present list, favourite things I like etc.  Just little things that make me – me.

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Then I have my Notes section.  The song is Talk Tonight by Noel Gallagher.  I loved the Noel and Gem Archer semi version they did in 2006 :).  Notes is purely a catch all for my brain.

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Then we’re back to the side tabs, my matrix coding printout perfect for my Passwords tab.

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Passwords page.

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And finally – my travel tab – hold my maps, tube information, world time zones etc…

 

There we have it!  My setup – pretty simple, huh?

Have you tweaked your setup lately?

Lots of love

Kel

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Filofax: it just doesn’t feel right :/

My Orange Osterley is my “go-to” planner as it reminds me of happy times. I’m even going as far to say it is lucky almost. I kid you not.

When I purchased my Osterley last year I met Luke and war pretty much in the Filofax clouds. I felt invincible and amazing: constantly. Once I moved out of the Osterley, I became sad and withdrawn.

My deco is beautiful, and I love her dearly, but Ozzie is just something else, you know?

Once I popped my inserts back into Ozzie, I kid you not, in the space of a week I received 2 messages from Luke. The first time I’ve received anything from him since he left for brighter skies of Australia the beginning of November.

Anyway… For those who don’t believe in luck or coincidence etc, I’m using my smash dividers once again (it’s only fitting as I am smashing it up in 2014). I downloaded and modified Philofaxy diary week on 2 pages CC inspired layout. Keeping with the Smashbook school theme it reminds me so much of, I amended the diary font to typewriter.

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As you can see it doesn’t have any decoration or my task/to do lines at the moment. Actually I purchased some to to stamps from L2E. They’re not shipping until mid Jan so I need to get a wiggle on and draw some lines on!

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I’ve done the same with my month on 2 pages (again from Philofaxy).

Apologies for the bad quality photos, it’s really early in the morning and the suns not out properly yet! I just figured I would show you how I’m going into 2014.

How have you set up your 2014 diary?

Kel
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Filofax Setup

 

 

 

 

 

After chatting with my Best Friend Carrie tonight who was interested in how I set my planner up (the way it works for ME), I figured as I’m incredibly happy with my system I would put more information on the way I go about setting up my Month and Weekly view diary pages.

For my setup I always begin with my Month To View pages.  Then I transfer across to my Week To View, but I’ll get to that shortly!

As you may know already from a previous post briefly mentioning what is in my Filofax, I use the Philofaxy/My Life All In One Place Month To View printouts which I decorate with Washi Tape and then draw around the entire month’s boxes in a coloured pen.

Here is an example of how my page looks like before my scrawls and colour coding system takes hold of it!

 

 

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When I’ve completed my decoration, I then use my coloured Pilot Frixion Erasable Pens to mark out my colour coding system in the Notes Section on the far right hand side of the page as you can see below.

I also then fill in what I already know is happening that month, like:

Direct Debits that will leave my account that month (light green)

Holiday days I take from work or work from home or National Holiday days (light blue)

Appointments for either work or personal, e.g. customer visits, nails, hair, doctors, dentist etc (orange)

“Don’t Forget!” items such as MOT or Insurance being up, deadlines for reports or just something I need to do for a specific day that requires me to sort something out “by that date”.  I also use it for “Recognised Days”, e.g. Father’s Day, St Georges Day, Pancake Day, Halloween, Remembrance Day – but these days are not recognised as a National Holiday (pink)

Social Events or parties, nights out, date nights, meals etc, anything where I am interacting with my circle of friends or family or person of interest 😉  (purple)

Birthdays – self explanatory (dark green)

They are all plotted out on my month to view using my colour coding system as you can see below.

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At this point I would begin transferring my data over into my Week To View, but more on this shortly.

Below is an example of this month for me at a glance.  You can see that it’s been padded out with social events and appointments.  Usually, I try to put my events in the order that they will be done.  This means during the week my social events (purple) are generally at the bottom of the box because of work I can only really socialise on the evenings.  It allows for room in case anything crops up that I need to add in (a work appointment for example).  With the week to view, I do not put much detail – like times and addresses or in depth arrangements.  It’s just what’s happening, which date.

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Now then.  Once I’ve got all of my month set up to the point where I’ve inputted all of my bills, birthdays, national holidays/work holidays, social events that have been planned in advance etc… I transfer them over into my Week To View diary pages.

My week is the Standard Filofax Week To View.  Honestly, I tried using others, noteably a day per page with appointment times, but once I stopped Repping every day I found it took up too much space in my Filofax and therefore decided to try other methods.  This method works for me best.

I’ve split my pages into 2 parts, added lines and checkboxes to one part, and the part closest to the rings are left blank.

Once I’ve had fun decorating with washi tape, my colour pens doodling around the dates and highlighting the month and the days, I use the “inner section” – the part closest to the rings – to import my Month To View calendar events (sometimes using the Event Stickers I make), and also in this area, expanding on the information, such as times.  The colour coding system is still in force in this area.

I only use this area for whatever you see on the Month To View (except if there are films on TV I want to watch).

For example, you can see in light green on Monday I had a Direct Debit scheduled for my Mobile Phone Bill.  I also had dinner with my parents and then a skype chat planned (including a time) – both in purple.

You can see on Tuesday evening I had a date night with Luke at mine planned at 7pm – in purple as it was classed as a “social event”.

All of those examples are on my Month To View.

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The last section, or the “outer section” – the section with the checkboxes, are not colour coded, and they are merely daily to-do-lists for me to fill out the night before or even during the day etc.  They also aid in my working life when I need to chase an order up a week in a week or so’s time.

The Daily To-Do-List is a real close up view of things I need to accomplish that day, whether it is to change my bedding, to ensure I pop time in to pamper myself with a face mask, to remind me to water my orchids, to make sure I post something out or collect something…

One last thing…

I also use my first section of the week – the part that says “this week” usually above the Monday on the Standard UK Filofax Week To View – to record things that are going to happen over the course of the week; eg, if I’m off work on Holiday all week, it’s on there.  If my parents are abroad that week, it’s on there.  Anything that is happening that week – all week – is in that section.

I hope that’s given you an insight as to how I plan my pages out a little more, I know it sounds like a lot and a lot of time and effort go into it, but I think the most time is the initial set up – figuring out how I wanted things to look or work for me.  After that, it’s all about the maintenance and keeping things up to date as much as possible.  I spend a couple of minutes updating my Filofax every day to ensure I don’t miss anything out.

I’m not saying this is the perfect setup – if I’d have had this setup myself a mere 6 months ago it would not have worked for me in my Repping Role.  What works for one person will not work for someone else.  It all depends on how much time you want (or are able!) to take out to organise your life effectively.

I’m a very orderly person, but also very visual, so things at a glance as well as up close are important to me.  I need to see the whole picture, divided up as much as possible.  I need colour, something that attracts me to want to look at my planner often enough to want/feel inspired to complete the tasks I set myself – or even, to set myself the tasks in the first place!

How does your setup work for you?  Have you tampered with different setups and are currently in the dreaded “planner fail” area right now?

Kel

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Inside My Filofax Personal Osterley (Ozzie)

Hi Everyone!

As promised I finally took a few photo’s of what is inside my Orange Osterley.  Now, I’m not saying my setup is the best in the world, and I’m continuously tweaking it etc, but at the moment it’s sort of working for me…

Originally I did a video but I ballsed up again and again so decided I’m so much better when I don’t have a video/webcam going and I’m all flustered!

So lets get started!  When I open my Filofax, here is the first thing I see:

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In the pockets I have a few cards I hardly ever use but are there “just in case”, my free carwash vouchers (yep, I can get my car washed every month for free until May next year!), I have the little sticky note that Stefanie sent with Ozzie to remind me where he came from and how happy I was when I received him (and all of the gifts that arrived with him!).  Behind that are cards that I randomly pick up with social events on that I might go to.

The cover of the first section is taken from the “First Edition Paper – Desert Blooms” 8×8 Premium Pad” (http://www.craftydevilspapercraft.co.uk/first-edition-8-x-8-paper-pad-desert-bloom.ir?cName=card-making-paper-and-card-paper-packs) that I cut a slot for the Organiser Number and laminated.  I like this design as it has a beautiful but laid back glitter effect.

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And there is the usual Filofax Organiser page.  So bland and boring 😦

Behind the boring and necessary registration page I have made my own Personal Information Section as I thought the original Filofax one was bland and boring – of course, I’ve had to cover personal details, but here you get the idea:

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The next page shows all of my direct debits/bills each month – including my account/policy numbers, renewal dates, date my DD goes out each month and amount of the monthly bill:

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The next Tab (above) is my “Month Planner” Top Tab which card is also taken from the Desert Blooms Range.

At a glance I can see what my Month looks like (which looks pretty bland this month!)

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This was printed and taken from Ray and Steve’s collection, but I printed it from Ray’s Page direct:  (My Life All In One Place), here is the link direct to the pages I used: https://app.box.com/s/ng8zsjp3ypvn9puqnm0c (Ray, if this is something I’m my supposed to do, my apologies, please let me know straight away and I’ll take it down – I’m afraid I’m not familiar with “The Rules” of sharing other’s information! – PS, I LOVE Your Pages!)

This is what a “non decorated page” looks like:

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My next section is my Diary tab, which is a side tab and taken from the Desert Blooms Cardstock once again:

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Now, when I started out using a Filofax (1 year ago this month!) I had my Pocket Lavender Metropol and the standard week on 2 pages.  With my Sales Rep job I needed something with appointment times so moved on to 1 day per page WHSmith’s Refill’s with Appointment Times… and now that I’ve moved more into the office, I decided to play around with another layout:

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This one was taken from the Philofaxy Site – and the direct link to this insert is here – http://philofaxy.com/inserts/Personal_Week_Per_Page/2014_merged_weekperpage_plusnotes_personal_print.pdf

I downloaded the source files and tinkered with the layout as I am on a Mac and don’t have Office – I use a package called OpenOffice instead, so things never seem to look the same in OpenOffice and require re-jigging before printing.  I changed the font and a couple of bits and bobs, added some lines in…  but it was too plain and I couldn’t seem to jazz it up no matter how much I loved the layout.  I just couldn’t seem to stick with it – and so after 4 weeks of pondering how to spruce up my diary pages… I looked at my trusty original week on 2 pages that came with my planner… and here…

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You can see how within one week I’ve begun to actually have a “system” – from writing aimlessly everywhere to dividing up the page into task/to do area and note/appointment area.  I was inspired to do this after watching this video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=503eUcse67s by LovelyOrganisedLife.

After that, I found this amazing Washi-Tape –  http://www.maigocute.com/products/cat-to-do-list-funtape-washi-tape#.UhdIcxZ_Lvw – isn’t it ADORABLE?  But the height is too tall for my daily spaces :(.

What I like about this new set up is that I can have my page marker on the page and it will still show my tasks:

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The bookmarks are also made by myself and laminated – they are also taken from the Desert Blooms Cardstock!

Anyway… moving on…

My next section is my Contacts section with a side tab.  Card taken from the Desert Blooms once again:

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As my work contacts are in my Breast Cancer Campaign Filofax (with business cards also), this section is purely for personal family/friends/services (Dr, Dentist, Hairdressers, Beautician etc!).

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This section was taken from the Philofaxy website and I modified the font.  I did try removing the web blog and twitter rows but my Open Office went a bit crazy… so I’ve had to leave them in 😉 – http://www.philofaxy.com/files/PersonalAddress.pdf

Next section is my Travel Section.  As I used to be a Sales Rep on the road a lot, I needed to know the area’s I was travelling to and what area’s were en-route just in case I was passing one of my customers on the way there or back to pop in quickly.  It also helped navigate me from Kent back towards Birmingham when my in car phone charger broke and my battery drained from using the iphone sat nav app!  I’m thinking of removing this tab and replacing it with something else… but for now:

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It’s another side tab and taken from the Desert Blooms Range (yet again… see a pattern forming here?  I have loads of other pads but I keep going back to this one…!)

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I have no idea why I have the London Tube Map in here, but it reminds me of the only time I ever went to London (back in 2009 for a work course – I saw nothing of London at all!).  But you never know when you might need it!

My next section is my Expenses side tab, on cardstock taken from the First Edition Paper – Boho Chic 8 x 8 Premium Paper Pad:

 

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It’s another of those sections I set up purely for my Sales Rep Role and now I’m mostly office based, it’s not really required or used anymore.

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It’s an Australian 5 dollar note that I’ve printed out and folded up, laminated and slit the area so that I can pop receipts in.

My next area is another side tab called Reports, the card is taken from the Boho Chic range and it’s yet another redundant area that was mainly used when I was in my Sales Rep role to report on my visits to customers.

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Instead of my previous inserts, I have printed out another of the Philofaxy inserts – http://www.philofaxy.com/files/PersonalMeeting.pdf

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Again I changed the font to my own preference…

My next section is a tab that I use so often it’s scary!  It’s a side tab called Passwords, and it’s on Desert Blooms card:

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My Passwords inserts were actually just Philofaxy Address inserts but rows removed and renamed:

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I never write my actual password, just a clue as to what it is.

My final tab is a side tab by the name of Missy – really it’s just a goals section but I have a thing about naming things and I’m very visual.  So Missy is basically the better version of myself with all of my goals completed!

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In this section I have a few pages that make me – ME, my likes and my weight – just little reminders if I ever forget 😉

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I’m attempting to lose weight so this is perfect for when I need to keep a careful eye on my scales.

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My dream car… (oh and my little blue Fox Bookmark I made – to make yours, go here – http://www.lonnies.dk/2012/08/printables-foxy-bookmarks/IMG_1352

 

Things I want to change about my set up…

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Music that makes me – ME 🙂 – notice the little musical washi tape?  So cute!

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The world washi tape showing where I want to go abroad and where I’ve been (not many places unfortunately!)

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My favourite films that I enjoyed watching (for whatever reasons – nostalgia, style, storyline, etc)

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At the back of the binder I have a notebook (which was a RAK to me) covered with fabric washi tape (which is again, another RAK!) where I can jot idea’s or quotes or anything I might want to reference later on – behind it I have a postcard with surf boards on it, and when you flip to the back of the notebook to expose the bider, you see I have a couple of business cards and some much needed ibuprofen (400mg)!

I don’t use the back pen loop as it tends to bend my tabs (despite them being the same size as Filofax ones!)  so I’ve taped the pen loop down and only use the front one (which if fine by me as I’m left handed!) as it tends not to mess with my tabs at all.

Well, that’s the tour of my Filofax!  Hope you enjoyed it – any suggestions are extremely welcome 🙂

Catch you later

Kel

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