Monthly Archives: September 2017

September 2017 in my Mini Filofax planner

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September is my favorite month. It’s my emotional equivalent of  Spring cleaning and always feels like a fresh start. Maybe in other places the weather is a little cooler with glimpses of Fall already, but it still feels very summery here to me.

This month we moved, did our first-ever storm running, and very nearly finished listening to the Ready Player One audio book (we’ve been listening to it when we are in the car together). I continued to focus on paring down stuff I don’t need, breaking the chains with my cell phone, and downsizing my work planner.

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Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful rest of your weekend! 🙂


Previous months:

August 2017
July 2017

How small is a Mini Filofax planner?

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I’m happy to say that I hear from folks who have just recently received their first-ever Mini planner. I also hear from people who are looking to get one and haven’t seen one in person.

I remember when I purchased my first one, the dimensions of course tell you the size, although when you receive the delightfully shrunken tiny mini planner and see it for yourself for the very first time, it’s quite irresistible. But I digress…

Here are some side-by-side examples of a few everyday items that might help give you a feel for the size of the Mini planner size.

First up, side by side with a US dollar bill:

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Next, the ever-popular Sharpie marker:

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Now with a gigantic iPhone 6 Plus:

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For contrast, here’s the much smaller Blackberry Q10 phone:

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And this is a 3″x5″ index card. Surprisingly, this photo seems to skew the scale. If you look closely at where the planner is resting on the surface, you can see slightly better that the index card is taller than the mini.

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I hope this is useful and thank you for reading! 🙂

 

 

 

 

Hanging Up – new blog series

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I’ve decided that the zombie plague that has been feared for decades is already upon us, and the virus is called Smartphone.

Earlier this year, I wrote about breaking up with my smartphone.

I’ve carried on with this endeavor (it’s much harder than it sounds), and although the smartphone is still in use, I am significantly more intentional about how and why I use it.  I’m actually working toward transitioning to a phone-only phone, and will offload the smartphone features to my iPad. More on that another time.

Part of unplugging from the gravitational pull of smartphones, laptops, etc. is reconnecting with other tactile platforms like paper books or paper planners. We can appreciate both digital stuff and paper stuff. Sometimes it’s a nice comfort to enjoy the paper stuff when you shut off the digital stuff, for example.

The name Hanging Up chosen for this series is not solely for its connotation with the telephone, but is also a nod to the movie of the same name. The movie stars Meg Ryan, Lisa Kudrow, and Diane Keaton. Diane Keaton is a real-life user of Filofaxes (various articles have stated she uses multiples). Also, in this movie, Meg Ryan can be seen several times with her character’s planner (my memory is that is a black, personal-size and that it’s quite stuffed). So this all ties in nicely to this blog which is primarily about planners and planning.

Anyway,  since it turns out I am not the only person feeling the zombie smartphone plague, there are many people sharing their experiences and really good info about it.  In this new Hanging Up series, I would like to share some of these finds and especially to hear from others as well.

Today’s share is a TED Talk (did you know these started in 1984? I did not!).  This is Anastasia Dedyukhina presenting “Could you live without a smartphone?

 

I hope you enjoy, and thank you for reading. 🙂

 

Downsizing my work planner!

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I had been thinking about this for a while, and didn’t want to rush into anything since I rely on my planners so much. The last thing I needed was to choose to hastily and possibly make a planner size swap even more chaotic than usual! I suspect once you cross the brink of chaos, there is no further differentiation between a little chaos and maximum chaos.

But it’s official now, and so the binder migration and downsizing chaos process has begun. At this stage, it feels a lot like living out of two suitcases. Sometimes I need to get my hands on something, so first thought is “which one is it in right now” followed by “I know it’s in there somewhere!”

It’s actually rather fun and all worth it because I really like the new smaller setup – it’s the Franklin (Covey) Planner Compact size. I must say it’s a magical size. The sheets are 4.25″ x 6.75″ which is very similar to the Personal Filofax size, although are each wider by half an inch. I really like the extra page space this gives you when your binder is open.

Since the pockets and compartments inside the Compact are smaller, several of the things I had previously stuffed inside last work binder don’t fit as nicely.  There’s some folding, yamming, and stuffing going on. As well as questioning if it’s really necessary for that thing to be yammed and crammed there. The Magic 8-Ball shaker-thingie keeps coming up with the answer YES MOST DEFINITELY and I can’t fight that because I didn’t know what to do with said item in the first place and that is exactly how it ended up in that pocket. But I am not ready to deal with that yet and so the hoarding continues. The great “in theory” advice you always hear about getting rid of things before you move was clearly made up by someone who has never moved.

The system should remain much the same as my faithful work system.

I do intend to do another update post and a few snaps when the process is further along.

For the remainder of this year, I have hand-drawn some weekly pages in the vertical format, much like my hacked format in the last work binder. I like to do this before making or buying new sheets because it gives me time to sort out what really works for me – format, placement, spacing, etc.

I am also using two sheets per day (also handwritten for now) for prioritizing my work day instead of just the spiral notebook because I am currently working from home and not zipping all over an office throughout the day. Since it’s up to me right now to manage my own priorities and tasks, the daily sheets with appointment times is helping me focus on how I am spending my time all day long. I’ve purchased a 2-pages-per-day from Franklin Planner for 2018. The spiral is still in use much like before for voice-mails and the other things that come up during a day. I still prefer using the spiral for certain things like that – it works well with my memory.

Thank you for reading! 🙂

 

Rolling out in prep for Hurricane Irma

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We are leaving early tomorrow morning due to Irma. The storm is just too vast and strong with too much uncertainty. We feel more comfortable to just go a bit further away.

It is likely we might be without Internet access so if anyone sends a message or a comment, please know that is the reason for any delayed reply. We have also put both of our online shops on Hold/Away mode for now.

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone.

Heather & Kelly