19 October 2017

Do you have to pay a lot of money to get a good designed organiser?

I have had a particular interest now for a few years in the design of organisers.

My talk at Plannercon Europe at the end of October will be 'How to choose or design the perfect planner'.  Elements of this post are likely to appear in that talk, which is still being written at the time of the publishing of this post!

Over the years if you look through the Filofax catalogues we have in our collection, there have been numerous designs of Filofax organisers. Each design is slightly different to the others. Yes they have some common features, but in general Filofax have tried to make them as different as possible.

Occasionally I discover a design that really appeals to me because of some small detail that has been included in the design of the organiser.

So my subject for this post is the humble Filofax Fusion Personal size from 2013-2014. I've had a 'few' of these, given them away as prizes etc. I reacquired one because there was something about it that I liked.

The Personal size retailed at the time at £40, it is made in a mixture of a microfibre material with the strap closure in full grain leather. Now you might easily look past this organiser which came in Personal and A5 as just another 'non-leather' one.

It looks fairly smart, the exterior is fairly indestructible. I am sure it would survive being chucked in to a backpack, the occasional rain shower without looking any worse for wear.

Now the clever bits of the design...

Notice on the front outside cover there are two pockets that could take an i.d. pass or ticket or business card and be accessible without opening up the organiser or even undoing the strap.

On the rear cover there is a full height outside pocket, you do have to undo the strap on this one to gain access to it, but you don't have to open the organiser.

Then on the inside front cover there is a slot that can take a modern smart phone, shown here with my iPhone 6 in its cover.  The phone pocket is gusseted so it expands to easily take the phone.

And the strap closure has more then enough length it easily copes with the extra bulk of having the phone inside as well as a full set of inserts. 

Small details, but for me they make quite an inexpensive organiser a useful day to day planning/organisational tool.

18 October 2017

Win A Rapesco Diary Punch and Support the Fight Against Breast Cancer.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Rapesco the company that make great paper punches are supporting The Pink Ribbon Foundation with a percentage of their sales on all Pink products being donated.

Philofaxy have been a long time supporter of cancer awareness charities so it is wonderful to help in what ever way we can to further that support.

You can win one of ten punches being made available by commenting on this post here on Philofaxy, please include your Twitter user name.

Please include your Twitter Username and follow: Pink Ribbon Foundation as well as Rapesco on Twitter and ten lucky winners will be selected at random by Rapesco by the end of October.

Thank you to Rapesco UK for their support.

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17 October 2017

Web Finds - 17 October 2017

So I hope you have had a good weekend.

So now it is time to enjoy a great collection of blog posts and videos from around the internet.

Meanwhile here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Franklin Covey Classic Flip Through- set up - The Functional Happy Planner
  2. Fall Planner Set Up Pt 2|Goals & Project Planning|Momentum Planner - Antonisha Plans
  3. Making Personal Planner Dashboards from Happy Planner Page Protectors - Kendra Bork
  4. Compact Franklin Covey Flip Through- Set Up - The Functional Happy Planner
  5. Functional Planning: Quarterly/Monthly Review and Plan With Me - Kendra Bork
  6. Using The Constraints of Your Planner To Your Benefit - Antonisha Plans
  7. Review and Setup of my new Van Der Spek Custom Planner - Kendra Bork
  8. Planner Flip Through - LOVEEXTRAATTENTION
  9. Filofax Saffiano Compact Zip Flip Through / Set Up using printables - Happy Mommy
  10. Oh! A new Filofax? Yes.... - Little angel
  11. Woche im Filofax gestalten #01 | TaNa - TaNa
  12. Filofax Pocket Planner *PWM* Pumpkin Spice Life - Robin's Nest
  13. Plan With Me | Filofax Malden - mommymilitia
  14. Filofax Wochendeko KW 40 - Timelapse - starflower_plans
  15. [Filofax-Timelapse] KW 42/17: The Secret Of The Forest - YasminLowe
  16. Filofax Wochendekoration KW 42 - ZierPapier
  17. Filofax Wochendeko KW 41 | 2017 | planningcat - planningcat_
  18. Wochendeko KW 41 - Filofax Original Navy - Nixxes
  • For tips on how to improve your videos, please see this post.  Also this video too Webfinds 
  • Your Filofax/Organiser Videos could appear in this list, just contact philofaxy at gmail dot com to be added to our monitoring list. 

Free For All Tuesday No. 350

So what questions or discussion points have you got for us today?

It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or a more experienced user of organisers, we want to hear your thoughts, questions, opinions etc.

Make today the one day you post a comment or a question.

It is Tuesday after all so fire away.
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