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Filofaxes Are Not Cool

I have a bit of a confession to make.

I don’t like Filofaxes

I know! I blogged about how amazing mine was, and how it was going to help me get myself organised back in July. And it worked! For a while. But then I was bought an iPad for my birthday and started using that in place of the Filofax. In fact, it was only when I started seeing the hashtag “#filofaxclub” appearing from quite a few bloggers on Twitter that I remembered that I had a Filofax, and that I hadn’t used it in about 2 months.

I reorganised my tiny little room this week and found 3 half used Moleskine diaries, so perhaps its not because of the iPad that I’ve not been using the paper diary of a Filofax!

These are the apps I’ve been using in place of a Filofax (or any other type of diary of course!)

The built in calendar and contacts apps – they sync with my computer via MobileMe over the air. What else can I say about these apps – if you’ve got an iPhone or iPad, you’ve probably used them at some point.

Finding the 2do app was brilliant. I only bought it last week, but its really helped with my to-do lists. It also syncs with MobileMe (although you pay a bit extra for that) but it finally means I can use the to-do’s bit in iCal properly.

Plain Text is exactly what is says – a plain text app that is a blank page to type on. It syncs all its files to Dropbox, which is a free service and I can then edit the files on my computer. (Dropbox is also useful to get images from my iPhone and iPad quickly)

Hopefully this combination will keep me organised this year! How do you stay organised?

Organising Myself

I’ve loved Filofaxes since I was a little girl. Who didn’t have a Fun Fax at some point? I loved filling out all the different sections, and for some reason ended up with a bit of an obsession with address books – I’d buy maybe 3 new address books each year (or more) and spend a happy evening copying over all the information that I needed – and deciding who to leave out.

Of course, since I have my iPhone, I don’t need to keep a physical address book, but I find it so much easier to write events and stuff down in a real diary rather than on my iPhone. I can add in little random notes and scribble down to do’s each day (and then feel ashamed if they’re not ticked off quickly)

It seems that having a Filofax is quite a popular thing at the moment – it feels like (almost) everyone is turning away from Moleskines, and turning to an organiser that allows the user to choose how they set it up. (See how Kirsty at Belle Fantaisie and Gala Darling have theirs). This article from the Telegraph goes into a bit more detail as well.

I chose a pocket sized Metropol in Raspberry (oddly, I bought this on the same day Gala published her article saying she had bought the bigger version!). Personally, I’ve got mine like this:

Things I need to get to quickly – my debit and credit cards, business cards, my lift pass and my bus ticket each day.

I have plastic wallets for my timesheet, a zipped one to keep little things safe, and a card holder.

I’ve taken out most of the information sheets because I can Google anything I need.
When I bought my Filofax, it came with a July 10 – Dec 11 calendar, so I took out all of the 2011 stuff for now. The address tabs are gone, with just the numbered ones left, labeled with various things.

I chose the sticky notes pack, and am looking for the mirror (because I’m that vain) to go in. I keep my passport tucked in the back – it’s my only ID, and you never know when you’ll be whisked off somewhere (a girl can dream!)

The Filofax is perfect for the obsessive planner type like myself, as it let’s you see a whole week (for example) at once. It works in any situation that the iPhone wont (obviously not underwater, because the paper would get soggy, but then the phone would explode if I did that anyway). I can scribble, note, doodle – things I can’t do on my phone easily. I can pencil things in and write what didn’t happen.

My Filofax was only £21
, and I’ve probably spent another £15 on extras, but its nice to know that if this one starts to look a bit battered, I can easily buy a new one, or if I need more bits of it, its easily refillable (Paperchase is right by my office, which is always a danger!)

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