The Crazy Suburban Mom: The black Filofax Ruler...

Friday, July 5, 2013

The black Filofax Ruler...

...Is not something I'm awfully fond of.  That it has inches as well as metric has kept it in my Filofaxes  through the years but I don't need to measure things all that much and the solid color hides the page underneath.   I know that's a little thing but it bugs me daily.

Last week cut apart one of the year overview pages, netting me small monthly views for the rest of the year, taped them to a spare ruler and it filled a need for me.  If you don't have a lot of pages in your Filofax finding this calendar view probably isn't a huge problem but I have 30 mm rings in my Malden and a bazillion  random pages...  It makes looking for one specific page kind of a pain.

BeFunky Orton on iPhone

I'm happy with the result.  The WO2P inserts (with lines) work well for me  but I think they could be a bit better in the overview department.   Do you know what I mean?  I  wish there was a a better way to see where I am in the month when I'm looking at a specific day.


The Olympic Line burst Edition had weekly sheets with tiny numbers (representing the days of the month) running across the top of the WO1P sheets and I loved that.  The standard inserts have a small standard square calendar but the one running across the top is easier for me to know where I am with a quick glance.

I miss it.

This morning I thought of something else I could do. 

BeFunky Orton on iPhone

I punched and cut-to-size a piece of graph paper and taped it to the other side of the ruler.

BeFunky Cooling on iPhone

I numbered the squares, bottom up, and now I have a graph to track weight loss.  

BeFunky Orton on iPhone

If I was good at referring to sections I've made it would be easy to have a weight loss section but I fail at that.  This lets me track pounds lost and see it multiple times throughout the day; reminding me of my goal constantly.  

It's not a perfect solution in either case, and it still blocks the page below, but both sides add something useful to me and that goes along way towards mitigating the pet peeves I have with the black ruler.


Carole Anne Carr 7/5/13, 8:52 AM  

You're braver than I am, I give up and return to a diary and then look wistfully at the filofax from time to time...

Austin Linda 7/5/13, 9:16 AM  

And I thought I was the only one crazy irritated by those black rulers! Good ideas!

Tracy Reinhardt 7/5/13, 9:34 AM  

Carole, theres just something about filofaxes....

Austin Linda - Nope not just you. I think a lot of people are bugged by them :)

Songbird68 7/5/13, 10:30 AM  

Many, many people are irritated by those black rulers. Almost every Filofax video I see, they mention that they prefer clear or frosted, because it allows a clear view. I don't know why Filofax insists on continuing to make them.

Kudos on a very creative idea to make yours functional!

Tracy Reinhardt 7/5/13, 11:15 AM  

Songbird, I don't know why they continue with them either. I think they should make all transparent rulers in 2 versions - inches and cm. Then there'd be no reason for opaque rulers - I'd rather have a clear metric ruler then one that I can't see through just because it has inches 7/5/13, 11:42 AM  

I'm not crazy about those rulers either.

mstraat 7/5/13, 7:21 PM  

Frosted would be more likely as the more transparent plastic is, the more brittle it is. That's why CD "jewel cases" break so easily. If Filofax made all clear rulers, we would all have to complain how easily they broke.

Aimless Allee 7/9/13, 11:53 PM  

Well this is inspiring! I just threw some stickers on mine. Now I'm thinking I need to revisit that and come up with something that is actually useful.

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