13 December 2017

Hole Punches

Whilst I was at PlannerCon Europe, someone asked me the difficult question of
'How many hole punches or paper punches do you own then Steve?'
I wasn't able to give the lady and answer, because I honestly didn't know, quite a few... which isn't really an accurate count really!  Like most things connected with Philofaxy, I started with one and they sort of multiplied!

So the number is actually nine, I've excluded some of our general office 2 hole punches because they don't get used for organisers.

So breaking them down in to the different types. In the next photo we have the Staples Arc punch at the top of the photo, and the Filofax/Miracle Bind punch, these two punch 'slits' in to the paper rather than holes. I mainly use the Staples Arc one for my William Hannah disc bound notebooks. I print my own inserts for these then punch them myself.

I don't have any of the Filofax notebooks so the other punch is rather under used at the moment!

Then we come to these four. The top one is a standard A4 4 hole punch 80-80-80mm spacing which I just bought in a local supermarket for my A4 Filofax.

The next one is the 'ME MY' adjustable punch, I bought this one to use with Deskfax although I've since take three of the punch blocks out. We will look at this one in a bit more detail in a moment.

The next black one is my KWTrio this one has preset adjustments for A5, Personal, A6, Pocket/Mini and gets used quite a bit.

Lastly my Filofax A5 punch, I bought this one back in about 2005 when I bought my first A5 Finsbury, at that time I wasn't aware of other punches at all. I just needed something for the A5 I had just bought.

Then we have two Rapesco punches the old model and the new one, the new one as you might recall has a paper guide and you can punch A5 with it as well as Pocket, Personal and A6. I also used this one for punching my business cards!

And lastly in the collection a Filofax Pocket size punch.

Close up of the Filofax pocket punch, I marked it for punching the three holes in my business cards!

So going back to this punch. It is quite large and heavy and it comes with 6 punch blocks that can be spaced using the approximate measurements on the base.

Turning it around you can see the thumb screws that tighten the punch blocks in position. There is a central position as well, I used this to measure from so I can check that the blocks are not just the correct spacing but also the central on the base.

It can be a bit tricky to set up initially or to change, but once you have got a reference to work from it is fairly easy after that because you can take the base off and move the blocks until you can see through the holes in your reference and align it that way.

Adding punch blocks can be a bit fiddly too the first time you do it, but you just undo the thumb screw on the back and turn the block over side ways, push the lever down partially and the block pops out the front.

Ask I tend to create all my own inserts these days have the right hole punch is essential.

12 December 2017

Web Finds - 12 December 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. Planner Update : TUL, Pocket Croc, & Gillio Croco! - Mady L
  2. Filofax unboxing! - journalingmylife
  3. December Planner Set up | HOLIDAY + CHRISTMAS PLANNER 2017 - Haley Cairo
  4. Disc-bound versus ring-bound - Graham Rhind
  5. Agenda Organizadora Day Timer Soft-Flex: cómo la uso - Rode Sarmiento
  6. Franklin Covey walk through and set up December 3, 2017 - GiGi'S Planner Peace
  7. Updated Gillio Flip Through | Shiny Croco Eye Grey Medium Compagna - Planandglam_xo
  8. Vlogmas Day 3 | Planner Update and Haul | Gillio Planner - Lindsey Harbison
  9. Planner Update : TUL, Pocket Croc, & Gillio Croco! - Mady L
  10. Gillio Amica Holiday 2017 Personal Ringed Planner Setup - DoodleDeeDesigns
  11. Functional Plan with me | Monthly Spread | INKWELL PRESS PLANNER | Functional planning - Marriage & Motherhood
  12. PLANNER FLIP & CHAT: Intro + My Nov/Dec '17 Setup » Functional Planning » Artsy Alyce - Artsy Alyce
  13. Girlboss Functional Planning - Negotiating Your Commitments | Kendra Bork - Kendra Bork
  14. PLAN WITH ME | A5 / Large kikki.K Planner | December 11-17| 'Star Wars' - ms.paperlover
  15. Filofax pocket Set up - Phie Silva
  16. Christmas Planner (FRENCH) - Apex Filofax - Sprintpaper by Emmashell - Marie-Hélène Lachaud
  • 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. 
My Week Posts
  1. Plan With Me – Sweet Christmas - Sam Alderson

Free For All Tuesday No. 358

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.

11 December 2017

Organiser Routines

Our lives are made up of routines or workflows, I never know which is the right phrase, but I will use routines.

Our daily routines are either by design, you have worked them out, or they are just natural from early in our lives.

Think for a moment about the instant you wake up in the morning to the point you leave for work or school. A lot happens in that first hour or ninety minutes of the day. You wake up, get up, open the curtains/shutters, shower, get dressed, have breakfast and say goodbye to your partner before leaving etc.

So even your early morning routine can be different, some mornings you might have breakfast before you get showered and dressed. So nothing is fixed but somethings have to be done before other things.

Within your early morning routine there are other nested routines. Think for a moment about just getting dressed. Now obviously there are some things you have to do in a certain order! But I'm sure a lot of us dress in a similar order every day, right sock before left sock, when you put in your shirt or blouse your put your right arm in to the sleeve before the left arm in to the other sleeve?

So now turning to how you use your organiser to plan or organise your day or week. Do you have a routine that you work through so you don't miss out anything?

Again I've been subconsciously doing the same routine every week for at least the last year, possibly longer.

Each week might start empty and blank like this
But they quickly start to fill up with things to do each day.

At the beginning of the week, either late on a Sunday night or first thing on Monday morning. I set out my week and empty my thoughts on to the pages in my organiser.

I make sure I have all the appointments set out on the right days and at the right times. Some of these will have been entered before the start of the week, may be even weeks or months before when a particular trip was planned. But I have repeating appointments each week for Skype calls with friends that I don't enter in my organiser until the actual week, just in case one of my friends is away so we skip a week.

I do have to enter some of my appointments on to my electronic calendar, so that the rest of the family know what I'm doing. At the same time, I might add notes in my organiser to specific days if Alison is going to be away or has an appointment on a particular day, just in case she needs reminding.

Once I have got through the appointments for the week, I then focus on tasks for the week. I check the previous week for things that didn't get finished and transfer those to this week, if I still need to do them. I add any new tasks for the week to the appropriate section of my task list. If any of these tasks has a deadline on a specific day, I add a note to that day as well.

Now I could do my planning and organising in a different order, but I've got used to doing it in this order so I don't have to think about 'What do I do next?' and that to me is the key thing to all our daily routines. Working out the most efficient order to do things in for you will help you get more things done every day.

How do you organise your daily/weekly workflows or routines?
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