12 December 2017

Free For All Tuesday No. 358

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11 December 2017

Organiser Routines

Our lives are made up of routines or workflows, I never know which is the right phrase, but I will use routines.

Our daily routines are either by design, you have worked them out, or they are just natural from early in our lives.

Think for a moment about the instant you wake up in the morning to the point you leave for work or school. A lot happens in that first hour or ninety minutes of the day. You wake up, get up, open the curtains/shutters, shower, get dressed, have breakfast and say goodbye to your partner before leaving etc.

So even your early morning routine can be different, some mornings you might have breakfast before you get showered and dressed. So nothing is fixed but somethings have to be done before other things.

Within your early morning routine there are other nested routines. Think for a moment about just getting dressed. Now obviously there are some things you have to do in a certain order! But I'm sure a lot of us dress in a similar order every day, right sock before left sock, when you put in your shirt or blouse your put your right arm in to the sleeve before the left arm in to the other sleeve?

So now turning to how you use your organiser to plan or organise your day or week. Do you have a routine that you work through so you don't miss out anything?

Again I've been subconsciously doing the same routine every week for at least the last year, possibly longer.

Each week might start empty and blank like this
But they quickly start to fill up with things to do each day.

At the beginning of the week, either late on a Sunday night or first thing on Monday morning. I set out my week and empty my thoughts on to the pages in my organiser.

I make sure I have all the appointments set out on the right days and at the right times. Some of these will have been entered before the start of the week, may be even weeks or months before when a particular trip was planned. But I have repeating appointments each week for Skype calls with friends that I don't enter in my organiser until the actual week, just in case one of my friends is away so we skip a week.

I do have to enter some of my appointments on to my electronic calendar, so that the rest of the family know what I'm doing. At the same time, I might add notes in my organiser to specific days if Alison is going to be away or has an appointment on a particular day, just in case she needs reminding.

Once I have got through the appointments for the week, I then focus on tasks for the week. I check the previous week for things that didn't get finished and transfer those to this week, if I still need to do them. I add any new tasks for the week to the appropriate section of my task list. If any of these tasks has a deadline on a specific day, I add a note to that day as well.

Now I could do my planning and organising in a different order, but I've got used to doing it in this order so I don't have to think about 'What do I do next?' and that to me is the key thing to all our daily routines. Working out the most efficient order to do things in for you will help you get more things done every day.

How do you organise your daily/weekly workflows or routines?

10 December 2017

A5 Hole Spacing - Variants

I recently had reason to further investigate the other variants of hole spacings on A5 pre-printed inserts. The type sold by Gillio and Van der Spek and other companies that sell the inserts that go under the Euro-Time brand name.

For some odd reason, which I have never understood, these 'A5' inserts aren't A5 at all, but in fact US Half Letter size, so they are taller but narrower than A5, but for now we will ignore that small but significant detail!

What I was interested in was the pre-punched holes which are 4 slots and 3 holes. They are made like this to accommodate different designs of ring mechanism.

So on the normal, conventional, 'standard' (if it is!) Filofax A5 spacing it looks something like this:

The 1st, 3rd, 4th and 6th rings are located in the middle of the slotted holes, but this doesn't matter because the 2nd and 5th rings are sat in normal size round holes. Thus stabilising where the pages sit in the vertical plane.

Another variation for A5 is the '4 ring European A5' ring mechanism, which fits something like this:

In this case the rings are at each end of the slotted holes so once again the pages are stabilised in the vertical plane.

I have seen this type of 4 ring A5 mechanism used in conference folders.

There used to be a Gillio Compact A5 Amica that used this type of mechanism too, but they were phased out some time ago.

These pages can also be used in other binders with other types of ring mechanisms. For instance the 3 ring system used in the USA for this size paper. That looks something like this:

So they are quite versatile in terms of what this sort of insert can fit. I am fairly certain that other brands of paper come with similar pre-punched holes.

The significance of why I looked in to these details will become apparent fairly soon!

09 December 2017

Web Finds - 9 December 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 - 2 December 2017
  2. Highlights for November 2017
  3. Philofaxy Meet-ups - UK - 2018
  4. Free For All Tuesday No. 357
  5. Web Finds - 5 December 2017
  6. Is it really made of leather?
  7. A5 Two Months To A Page
  8. Free for All Friday No. 473
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. Finding the Perfect Everyday Carry Planner - Polkadotparadiso
  2. Social Media #’s Planner Insert in Personal - MyPrettyPaperDesigns
  3. Custom Van Der Spek with 30mm rings & Comparisons || November Setup || How I plan!! - Art of Memories
  4. Why I, a Millennial, Write in a Paper Planner - Pret - a - Reporter
  5. 5 Reasons to Reflect On Your Year—and the One Way to Do It Right - Day Designer
  6. Time management Monday: Upsizing your planning - Quo Vadis Blog
  7. The One Page Minimalist Christmas Planner - 2017 Edition - Planner Fun
  8. Our Favorite Paper Planners - Wirecutter: Reviews for the Real World
  9. Speakers' Corner Saturday - 412 - Filomaniac
  10. Different Ways To Plan - Karen's Obsessions
  11. Social Media #’s Tracking Inserts in A5 - MyPrettyPaperDesigns
  12. How to Quit Proof Your Goals - Time Management Ninja
  13. What an Amazing end to the year! - Mrs Brimbles
  14. Christmas Filofax - My Filofax Blog
  15. FranklinPlanner Media Information - FranklinPlannerTalk
  16. Mrs Brimbles Jingle and Mingle 2017 (Craft Meet Up) - Kerrymay._.Makes
  17. Breaking Down Your Goals into Actionable Steps - Wendaful
  18. Getting Organised this Christmas - aumsome
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