The Crazy Suburban Mom: Get a Filofax and tighten up your loose ends

Friday, December 16, 2011

Get a Filofax and tighten up your loose ends

A Filofax keeps my propensity to be a giant loose end in check.

Flat out, I'm scattered.  I thought I was unorganized for the longest time but after giving this (way too much) some thought, what it really feels like is my brain is a minutia-sieve; dribbling out the small but essential details like pasta water from a colander.

Hence my notebook obsession.   It's comforting to have a place to drop tidbits that one second are firmly planted in grey matter; the next floating near the ceiling.

Over the last few (decades) years I've logged tons of mileage on notebooks.

But I always come back to Filofax.

V2cig and filofax

In large part it's the customizableness of rings and inserts (and that I can add whatever with the punch of a hole) but there's something else I can't quite define; there are other binders with rings after all.  I think it works better for me because I want to use it.  I want to carry my Filo with me always, hold it, open it in the morning, give it it's own baby mini, and I want to discuss these things with other people who feel the same way.

Because who else would?

Filofaxes, for whatever reason and I've stopped trying to figure it out, tug at their users in a way that other binders don't. Period.  

 It's this quirky affection for the Filo that assures I make time to plan my day.   And a sheet of A5 paper assures room enough for all life's loose ends.

A5 filofax to do list

To be thorough in my post, and not leave a loose end, the sheet that's working is this one.

But here's the thing about that perfect sheet. It must have come in the Finchley because they are available on Filofax Sweden, not Filofax USA.  I'll need to pay considerable postage to keep me in to-do lists which could sound refreakingdiculous.

 Only look how great they are!

There's lots of room, a date or subject box at the top, and tons of little squares for me to color in because everyone knows that's a critical element for a to-do list.  

I use them for more then one day; anything undone I continue on the same sheet (below the washi tape).  I just redate.

And I keep the sheets between week on two pages calendar pages.

That works for me.  If I don't do it this way I don't look at the calendar pages and miss appointments.

This works for me and Mr. Malden brilliantly; I haven't missed a Doctor's appointment since starting this. Perhaps ordering to-do sheets from Sweden sounds nutty but it's not really and I have a feeling  someone who has their own love affair with a Filo going, won't think this is the least bit nutty either.


SNARLing: 12/17/11, 12:45 AM  

I use a todo sheet in between my week per page. I'm not sure what it is about that little square on the top right/top left, but i really think that is the magic box for any todo sheet. I also LOVE graph paper but I don't use it in between my weeks because it doesn't have that magic box. if i could find graph paper (preferably 4 squares per inch) with that magic box in the corner i'd be down for sure! and i'm sure when you order from sweden you order in bulk to make the postage worthwhile. and i LOVE the colouring of boxes! i'm sure you do those highlighter and ink flowers too, right? hi say whatever works GO FOR IT!

LJ 12/17/11, 1:23 AM  

It's not nutty at all. All the inserts that came with the Filofaxes from Sweden & Denmark are lovely. The paper is really nice and I love all the different formats that don't come as standard anywhere else.

Tracy Reinhardt 12/17/11, 8:11 AM  

Snarling - Its that box at the top that does it. It And the graph paper is so perfect. For some reason lines are more constricting and I never feel like drawing on lines - I don't mind drawing on graph paper. I have no idea why - but drawing on graph paper seems fine!

LJ - I love the swedish inserts, I didnt cover the tab that said calendar in swedish, I felt so continental :)

Sandra 12/17/11, 10:01 AM  

I think ordering those Swedish inserts makes perfect sense! The paper is just so much nicer than regular Filofax paper. Shipping isn't as bad as from the UK.

Great post!

terriknits 12/17/11, 5:09 PM  

I have those sheets in my A5. I can't remember where I got them, though. Are they the 342905s?

terriknits 12/17/11, 5:17 PM  

I checked my blog - I got one batch of those from FF UK (and the s/h wasn't that bad) and the other I picked up at Avalon Stationers in Vancouver, BC.

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