23 October 2017

Which Paper?

We all use a variety of paper in our planners and notebooks, no matter if they are bound or ring bound organisers.

The quality of the paper is important to us, this might be because you want to archive your notes, or if you are fountain pen user you want to ensure that what you write in your preferred brand and colour of ink looks sharp and not blurred, that the paper isn't like blotting paper and the ink soaks through the pages to the other side.

The choice of paper and ink is sometimes a difficult one, if the paper doesn't absorb the ink another problem can occur, the ink can be smudged if it doesn't dry quickly enough and it just sits on the surface of the paper rather than adhering to the paper.

However, let us think for a moment that you have found the perfect paper, the perfect ink in a colour of your choice, a pen that is a delight to use, it is. The perfect weight in your fingers and it is a delight to use. It allows you to transfer those thoughts and ideas to paper and after a writing session you can sit back and relax as you review you page of writing.

Going back to your choice of paper, one thing I want to discuss is do you choose plain paper, lined paper, quadrille (squared), or dot grid paper?

Each one has its merits, it's good and bad points. Some types seem to be more popular than others. For instance here in France or at least in my local stores most notepads are nearly always quadrille format, it is quite difficult to buy lined or plain paper pads or notebooks, they do exist, but not available in the same sort of quantities as the quadrille ones! I will be adding lined and plain paper varieties to my 'Bring back from UK' list!!

I was quite pleased when Helen Fennel one of our readers sent me the Writing Guide page to try out. I printed it out and put it behind my Filofax plain page and instantly I have visible lines to guide me across the page. I remember these sort of lined sheets from old letter writing pads, I am not sure if they still sell these or not, but they are very useful.

So me being me, I have adapted the idea and produced some similar writing guide pages in A4, A5 as well as the Personal size.
Filofax of course sell plain paper and lined paper in all sizes. But if you want some dot grid pages you can print your own fairly easily.

Dot-grid format is very useful for doing drawings and sketches, but. You can easily use the dots to help you keep your writing from deviating from a straight line. Another advantage I have found, if you need to scan or copy your pages the dots are often ignored by the scanner, so the copy appears with just your writing and drawing and no dots.

Ray has come to our assistance with some dot-grid formatted files which we can use. Look here for Personal size and here for A4/A5 size

So what is your preferred format?

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.
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