10 December 2016

Web Finds - 10 December 2016

So I hope you have had a good week.

So now it is time to enjoy a great collection of 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 - 3 December 2016
  2. Reader Under The Spotlight - Lydia
  3. Highlights for November 2016
  4. Free For All Tuesday No. 305
  5. Web Finds - 6 December 2016
  6. Reader Questions: Keeping track of so many things?...
  7. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 41
  8. Free for All Friday No 421
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. How I organize my daily plan - Blog - PlanCademy
  2. Filofax Illustrated Diary Refill Pack – review - The Organizeaholic
  3. All I want for Christmas…a gift guide for planner addicts - The Delightful Planner
  4. 7 Steps for Taking Control of 2017 - Time Management Ninja
  5. Karácsonyi ajándékötletek filofaxosoknak - FilofaxNi!
  6. Planning for Christmas & New Year {FREEBIE} - House of Lotte
  7. Speakers' Corner Saturday - 360 - Filomaniac
  8. Time management Monday: Work preparations for holidays time off - Quo Vadis Blog
  9. Tervezés Pocket filofaxban - FilofaxNi!
  10. My current main planner setup (2016 December) - personal size Filofax Malden - Blog - PlanCademy
  11. Le mie abitudini // Inserto per agenda gratuito #2 - My Last Eureka
  12. Carpe Diem Review - Karen's Obsessions
  13. A planner full of red! - Mrs Brimbles
  14. Your Christmas Gift List - Free Printable - Plannerholics
  15. The 3 Planning Perspectives - FranklinPlannerTalk
  16. Welcome Back! - Life with my Planners
  17. Printables, more printables AND a *very* important announcement! - Lime Tree Fruits
  18. In praise of the last minute - Getting Things Done®
  19. What To Do When Your Planner Isn’t Working For You // #8 of Blogmas ’16 - Life of Kitty
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  • We can not guarantee people will read your posts, but we know there is a higher chance of people reading your posts and returning to read other posts if you make them interesting with pictures and good hints and tips. Do not forget to give your posts a title... 
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We are on the look out for more people to take part in Reader Under the Spotlight. If you would like to appear in this feature then please contact Steve : philofaxy at gmail dot com  Thank you.


09 December 2016

Free for All Friday No 421 by Nan

Do you use your organizer to record historic events? We've certainty had plenty of those in 2016.

Since it's Friday, all other ring-bound organizer discussion is welcome.

08 December 2016

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 41

Short and Long Term Planning

How do you begin to plan for Christmas? Major holidays?

What is the difference between long term and short term planning? 

This week, the gruesome twosome discuss how to manage the holidays and the end of the year while remaining organised and calm.

If you have ideas for future episodes please send them to steve at philofaxy dot com

Show Notes (timings approximate)
00:00 - Introductions
02:00 - Planning for epic events
03:00 - Don't Panic
03:30 - Using your planner to plan for Christmas
05:00 - Put in key dates to highlight dead lines for long term planning
07:45 - Start checking the weather ahead of the holiday that might impact on travel arrangements
09:30 - Note down grocery store opening hours
10:45 - Check and up date your lists and information pages.
13:00 - Emergency numbers for the utility companies
14:00 - Short term plans are the detailed tasks
16:30 - Build in contingency time
18:00 - Contact your visitors ahead of time
20:00 - Being in-control will reduce the stress
23:00 - Use undated daily inserts to enhance the detail you need for these busy days.
  • A5 - Day Per Page (Undated) - .doc .pdf
  • Personal on Personal - Day Planner (Undated) - .doc .pdf
  • Personal on A5 - Day Planner (Undated) .docx .pdf
24:00 - Plan things out in advance
26:00 - Record the details in advance to allow for postage or delivery
29:00 - Write everything down it will reduce your stress levels

Episode 41 - Short and Long Term Planning

A direct download is also available here: Episode41.mp3

Show notes: A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf

NB: A5 is in A4 format so it can be scaled to suit A5 or A6 size. Personal is for printing direct on Personal size paper.

Presenters - Karine Tovmassian and Steve Morton
Editing and production - Steve Morton

Our Websites:
Karine: Plannerology, Karine Tovmassian (IG)
Steve: Philofaxy, Travellers Notebook Times, Mr Philofaxy (IG)

Naturally we would love to hear your feedback on the podcast. If you use iTunes please gives us your rating or reviews of the podcast.

If you want a quick link to all the podcasts remember: http://philofaxy.com/podcast/

Previous Episodes:

40 - Good and Bad Planner Habits - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
39 - Tackling Planner Size Change - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
38 - Self-Improvement or Personal Development - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
37 - What is productivity anyway - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
36 - The Planner Community - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
35 - Wellness Planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
34 - Listeners Question - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
33 - Pens and other writing instruments - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
32 - Proper storage, care and shipping of planners, rings etc - A5 docx pdf Personal docx pdf
31 - Guest Interview - Louise Umeki - Plannercon 2017 - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
30 - Form Following Function -  A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
29 - Seasonal To Do Lists - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
28 - Making and keeping annual goals - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
27 - Organising the family - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
26 - Guest interview - Theresa Hall - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
25 - Guest interview - Ray Blake - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
24 - Defining the important things from the urgent things - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
23 - Guest interview with Rita Sedani - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
22 - Printing your own inserts - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
21 - How to derail your planning system by over thinking - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
20 - Digital devices/services and your analogue planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
19 - What To Keep In Your 'Others' Tab - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
18 - Zombie Apocalypse Preparation - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
17 - Managing Finances In Your Planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
16 - Planning for those of us who actually can't live without planning, with guest co-host Carie Harling - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
15 - Automation NirvanaA5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
14 - Work Life Balance and Your Planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
13 - GTD Productivity And Using Your Paper Planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
12 - Job Seeking and Keeping - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
11 - Planner Fail -  A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
10 - Planner Hacks - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
9 - Planner Planning - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
8 - Choosing Inserts - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
7 - How do you carry your planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
6 - Planners on the go - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
5 - Why would you pay more than the price of a Filofax? - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
4 - Using Your Planner To Create Permanent Habit Changes - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
3 - Getting on with two or more planners - A5 docx pdf Personal docx pdf
2 - Where to start your planning journey and why - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
1 - What size and why....  - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf

07 December 2016

Reader Questions: Keeping track of so many things?

We sometimes receive emails in the Philofaxy in-box that are a little bit more than a simple question that could go in to a FFAF or FFAT post as a comment. 

As you can imagine someone with a similar question is going to struggle to find the relevant comment several weeks or months later. 

So I thought this message from Paul was suitable for a post in its own right. 

Hi everyone

I’m Paul from Sydney & have been a Filofax user on and off for decades.

For the past year, I have been using my Personal size with Filofax One Day on Two Pages Calendar, in which the right hand page is a ToDo list.

I keep a MasterList in which I dump everything from my head onto, and then pick tasks from the list & write them on the RH side pages under “Priorities”.

This has served me well during this time and is not overwhelming to look at.  I have now found myself in a position to care for a family member at their home and I live at my home with my family.

With this comes extra pressure, responsibilities and tasks and I feel that my current system will not handle it all for the following reasons. I have these areas in my life that need tracking:

  • Work (I work for myself),
  • the person I am caring for (chores inside & outside the house, grocery shopping, chemist, online medical purchases, house bills, etc),
  • my personal life (chores similar to those in the last brackets),
  • my partner,
  • family,
  • friends, etc.

How do I keep track of it all in a paper based system so I can easily see what priorities need doing? I tried the following GTD system but it is so labour intensive:

Projects Page:
- eg. Christmas PRJ_XMS001   (just a code made up to identify this project)
  1. Buy Cards   @Shops    (showing that Task #1 is on the @Shops context page)

- @Shops (context page)
 Buy cards PRJ_XMS001/1     (Referencing back to the Christmas project/ Task#1)

As you can see, this is far too time consuming, so I feel like going back to OmniFocus which will handle it, but I don’t want a computerised system as I am trying to get away from technology

  1. Back in the 1980s how did professionals using the Filofax system keep track of multiple projects?
  2. Does anyone here have or know of a system that is Not labour intensive?
  3. Will the book “ ‘A’ Time” or “Start Time Forward” by James Noon answer this?

Is this at all possible on paper?

Hope the help that I receive will help others as well.

Best Regards,

So people can we help Paul, pop your suggestions in to the comments below and even if you only know of part solutions I'm sure they will be helpful. 
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