Firstly I must apologise for this post being posted on a Sunday when it’s clearly meant to be a Friday post. Last week just flew past. I spent all day Friday thinking it was only Thursday, and yesterday – once I had convinced myself it wasn’t Friday – I was away all day buying some pictures from a gallery and got back much later than expected however, here goes with Filofax Friday Sunday
I thought today I would show you how I have set up my Siena Filofax which I use to organise my personal life. I’ve been using the Siena for about 7 months now and still love it. As you can see it’s stuffed full of bits and pieces that I know I will need and I also put everything in the front that I need to remember to use such as vouchers, tax disc to go on my horse box, cheque book etc. In the card section I keep the cards like loyalty point cards and behind that I keep any gift cards that I have so that they’re always with me. Then I have my sticky tags and post it notes which I can’t live without and a plastic wallet where I can stuff receipts etc.
The first part of the main section of my Filofax has all the information which they provide with the diaries. I haven’t completed the personal info for this Filofax for some reason but normally there I would have my name address and contact numbers so that if I lose it, whoever finds it could contact me to let me know they had found it. I don’t put any more information in that section. I also have the registration section completed so that it could also be returned to Filofax if it was found.
I then have my ‘Diary’ section. I’m using the ‘Week on Two Pages’ (WOTP) layout and that works well for me. At the beginning of every month I have a month per page sheet which lets me see at a glance what’s happening that month. As you can see I haven’t got as far as April yet. I have a sticky tag at the top of each month per page so that I can easily find the month I’m looking for.
Then comes my WOTP diary. This is a personal diary but if I have any work related stuff to do at weekends, it goes in here too so that I know not to make personal plans for that time. Each week, between the two pages, I have a ‘To Do’ sheet with all the things I have to achieve that week. This system seems to work well for me. I keep spare ‘To Do’ pages in the ‘Projects’ section.
The next section is ‘Notes’ and this is where anything and everything gets written down; ideas for blog posts, books I want to read, films I want to see, financial calculations, shopping lists, ideas for presents – absolutely anything! The biggest problem is working out what it all means at the end of the day!
The last section that I have is my A-Z. In this section I keep a list of addresses as people often ask if I have such and such a person’s address or occasionally, when I’m out, I may want to send someone something so it’s useful to have their address available. Behind the address sheet I have passwords. Now I know that sounds dangerous as you’re not supposed to write them down and especially store them in something which could get lost but they’re not full passwords. I have a plain sheet of paper and on it I write the name of the website, the email that I use for that account and then a letter or number which reminds me of the password. It works for me – honest.
Finally I have the business card holder at the very back and in the back pocket I keep a pile of DodoPad stickers which I thought I would use but I don’t however, they are cute and they may come in handy at some point.
I try to use Cotton Cream paper for everything but I couldn’t get it for the ‘Month per Page’ dairy pages so… if anyone from Filofax is reading this…MORE COTTON CREAM PLEASE!!
I use both fountain pen and pencil to write in my Filofax. The pen I use is my gorgeous turquoise Waterman ‘Ici et La’ and the pencil is a Waterman Hemisphere. I bought that pencil specifically so that the gold plated trim would match the gold rings of the Siena and I have now found the matching fountain pen so…
That’s about it. If anyone has any suggestions to make to improve on my set-up I would love to hear them. I would also love to hear how everyone else sets their daily use Filofax up so please feel free to comment at the end.
Until the next time,