17 November 2017

Free For All Friday No. 470

I was scratching around for a theme for this weeks post and the solution suddenly came in to my head... so quick before I forget it, I have to get to my computer and get it entered... otherwise I will forget it!

So inspired by a You Tuber - Casey Neistat, who by the way has no connection what so ever to planning or organisers!

'What is your biggest challenge each day or each week that your organiser helps you with? ' 

However, it is Friday so of course you are welcome to discuss anything organiser related.

16 November 2017

Customising Philofaxy Diary Inserts

It was lovely when a few people at PlannerCon Europe showed me their organisers and how they are using the Philofaxy inserts. Or if they saw mine and asked 'Which Etsy store sells that insert you are using?' and I pointed out they are Philofaxy ones!

So here are some simple hints and tips on using our inserts and making them your own.
  1. Go to the Diary Insert page and find the insert you like the most. 
  2. Either download the Word or PDF one for the year you want if you want to use it as it is. And then print it. Or
  3. Download the source files the Word and Excel files you will need both. 
  4. Open the Excel file and set the Cell A2 to the correct start date for the particular insert you are modifying. The spreadsheet should fully update from just changing that one cell. Save the file and exit Excel
  5. Open the Word file and make what ever changes you wish to make such as font, line colour etc. Save the file. 
  6. Perform the mail merge to a new file. 
  7. In the new file you might need to insert a page break at the start of the first page to force a blank page at the beginning so that your insert is printed on the correct pages. Remember even numbered pages (2,4,6 etc) are all left hand pages, and odd numbered pages (1,3,5 etc) are all right hand pages once printed and inserted in to your organiser. So the page break is required for inserts such as week per view (week on 2 pages), month per view (month on 2 pages) etc. 
  8. To make sure your pages all have the correct margins you need to find all of the section breaks (^b ) in the new document and replace them with nothing, just leave the replace field empty. 
  9. Save your new file with a year filename assuming you are happy with the result, otherwise don't save it, go back to step 5 and re-edit your Word file and repeat the process from there until you are happy with the result. 
  10. Print out your inserts and punch them. 
Simple really!

On the Diary Insert page you will find some tutorial videos covering different versions of Word/Office that will take you through the ten steps above.

Some printing tips.
  1. Read this post for tips on printing A5 and Personal inserts.
  2. Read this post for tips on printing A6 inserts
  3. Always print your files in normal order not reverse order, some printers call the print order collation, observing what pages are being printed first you will know which order it is being printed in.
  4. Remember if you aren't using booklet print when printing A5 inserts that you have to scale the file to 71% to print direct on to A5 size paper.
  5. If you are printing on to A6 size paper you need to scale by 50%. 
Please remember you can not use our designs for commercial gain, even if you have changed them with different fonts etc. Thank you.

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15 November 2017

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 64

Planning for the end of the year. 

With the end of the year approaching there is plenty of time to prepare for the new year.

What should you be doing over the next few weeks. Join us as we discuss our year end habits and ideas.

If you have ideas for future episodes please send them to steve at philofaxy dot com

Show Notes (timings approximate)
00:00 - Introduction
01:45 - Planner month of October
03:00 - Year end
04:00 - What diary inserts are you going to use.
05:00 - Magazines
08:00 - What to do with your old diary inserts
10:00 - Rolling year?
14:00 - December the hated month!
15:15 - Using year planners
17:00 - Long term planning
20:00 - Continuity of the year
21:00 - Look back to plan forward
24:00 - Monthly page themes
27:00 - Jobs to do at the end of the year.
28:00 - Consume before buying new

Episode 64 -  Planning for the end of the year.

A direct download is also available here: Episode64.mp3

Show notes: A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf

NB: A5 is in A4 format so it can be scaled to suit A5 or A6 size. Personal is for printing direct on Personal size paper.

Presenters - Karine Tovmassian and Steve Morton
Editing and production - Steve Morton

Our Websites:
Karine: Plannerology, Karine Tovmassian (IG)
Steve: Philofaxy, Travellers Notebook Times, Mr Philofaxy (IG)
Naturally we would love to hear your feedback on the podcast. If you use iTunes please gives us your rating or reviews of the podcast.

If you want a quick link to all the podcasts remember: http://philofaxy.com/podcast/

Remember if you have liked this podcast, don't forget to like it, share it and subscribe to the podcast.

Previous Episodes:


63 - Planning For Unexpected Life Events - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
62 - Staying in two sizes of planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
61 - Staying in one size of planner. - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
60 - Functional Planning - Macro and Micro Planning - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
59 - PlannerCon Europe - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
58 - Speeding up by slowing down - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
57 - To Do Lists and Diary Pages -  A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
56 - Hints and Tips on making planner videos - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
55 - Keeping up to date - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
54 - Interview with Jennifer Powell at PlannerCon - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
53 - Conferences and Meet Ups - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
52 - The Magic of Contextualising Your Life - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
51 - Guest Interview - Rose Orchard - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
50 - Organising your significant other - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
49 - Creating the ultimate planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
48 - Getting past New Years resolutions - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
47 - How to understand being a planner newbie - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
46 - Buying and Selling 101 - A5 docx pdf Personal docx pdf
45 - A5 or A6 - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
44 - End of Year - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf


43 - Digital Planning vs Analogue Planning - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
42 - Planning vs Organising - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
41 - Short and Long Term Planning - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
40 - Good and Bad Planner Habits - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
39 - Tackling Planner Size Change - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
38 - Self-Improvement or Personal Development - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
37 - What is productivity anyway - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
36 - The Planner Community - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
35 - Wellness Planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
34 - Listeners Question - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
33 - Pens and other writing instruments - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
32 - Proper storage, care and shipping of planners, rings etc - A5 docx pdf Personal docx pdf
31 - Guest Interview - Louise Umeki - Plannercon 2017 - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
30 - Form Following Function -  A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
29 - Seasonal To Do Lists - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
28 - Making and keeping annual goals - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
27 - Organising the family - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
26 - Guest interview - Theresa Hall - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
25 - Guest interview - Ray Blake - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
24 - Defining the important things from the urgent things - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
23 - Guest interview with Rita Sedani - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
22 - Printing your own inserts - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
21 - How to derail your planning system by over thinking - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
20 - Digital devices/services and your analogue planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
19 - What To Keep In Your 'Others' Tab - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
18 - Zombie Apocalypse Preparation - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
17 - Managing Finances In Your Planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
16 - Planning for those of us who actually can't live without planning, with guest co-host Carie Harling - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
15 - Automation NirvanaA5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
14 - Work Life Balance and Your Planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
13 - GTD Productivity And Using Your Paper Planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
12 - Job Seeking and Keeping - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
11 - Planner Fail -  A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
10 - Planner Hacks - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
9 - Planner Planning - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
8 - Choosing Inserts - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
7 - How do you carry your planner - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
6 - Planners on the go - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
5 - Why would you pay more than the price of a Filofax? - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
4 - Using Your Planner To Create Permanent Habit Changes - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
3 - Getting on with two or more planners - A5 docx pdf Personal docx pdf
2 - Where to start your planning journey and why - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf
1 - What size and why....  - A5 docx pdf  Personal docx pdf

14 November 2017

Web Finds - 14 November 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. Functional Planning and Planner Set UP - The Original Designing Diva
  2. Planner Set Up in VDS ™ Planner (Functional Planning) - Katherine Shu
  3. Functional Planning: Filofax Malden Set-Up, including some Dave Ramsey budget stuff - Budgeting Planner Girl
  4. Transforming a Filofax Planner into a Traveler's Journal - Mandy van Goeije
  5. Review: Louis Vuitton Agenda PM - WhatADoll23
  6. Kalenterimania goes PlannerCon Europe 2017 - Kalenterimania
  7. Planner Con Europe | Traveler's Notebook Insert Flip Through - UglyBugPlans - Planner and Paper Crafter
  8. Filofax Pocket Malden fuchsia (as my wallet) - Eva Psarrou
  9. New Planners for 2018 (filofax and more) - Lulu W
  10. 2018 Planner Conundrum - One Fantastic Find!
  11. Filofax A5 Saffiano Refillable Gold Notebook Review | Claireabellemakes - Claireabellemakes
  12. A5 Filofax Plan with me, Nov. 13th, Ft. Sticker Bloom - Nichelle Davis
  13. Filofax Finsbury Unboxing/Review - Keekeesdaily
  • 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. 

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