Monday, 29 August 2016

Recipe Organiser

I found this old Cooking Plans binder at the Charity Shop. For 25p I wanted the inside pages rather than the tatty outer cover.

They will do just nicely in my Recipe organiser.

The paper is very thick and both sides are lined so I could use this paper in another A5 if I wished.

It will certainly neaten  up some of my entries.

Happy Planning

Thought catching, Brain Dumping, Capturing or Action Accumulating

When is the best time for capturing those thoughts and ideas which would help in life organisation and productivity? For me it could be any time but there are times when inspiration and creativity are sparked while doing routine or repetitive tasks. My mind wanders and ponders at these times. This idea for a post came while doing the ironing so, with trusty pocket Malden on the kitchen work surface, I ironed and jotted. 

The following are my thoughts on the best times for thought catching, brain dumping, capturing and action accumulating.

1. when stoking the cat
2. before sleep
3. during sleep - dream catcher needed here :)
4. while ironing
5. while sitting on the loo

I shall log any more fruitful, inspirational times in my Filofax and add to this list. Blog reader contributions would be most welcome.

Happy Planning

Friday, 26 August 2016

Using up old Filofax diary pages

These pesky diary pages keep arriving with each Filofax I purchase - (note to self - stop buying them then). I can't throw them away but can I utilise them? Would they be useful for another year? One answer is here. I've tried a different way below.

My thought was to re-number the days. Simple eh? The celebrations' notes and moon phases would be wrong but I don't take much notice of those anyway unless a windy day and a full moon occur on the same day - then beware! I have 2 lots of 2016 diary pages to use up - I wonder whether these re-numbered recycled diary pages will do for 2018 and 2019 or shall I just use the pages as note paper?

Happy planning

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Do I decorate my Filofax?

Being more of a functional planner rather than a decorative one means my organiser looks rather boring. I have made a slight attempt to remedy this situation by adding a minimal autumnal look to my main planner. The ochre Malden lends itself really well to this season and I made a simple attempt at a fly leaf/dashboard and ring protector in seasonal colours.

On the back of the dashboard I stuck a cutting from a magazine. My place for stickers is on the facing page, marking off the months.

September is on its way and my monthly pages are just a list of dates with one line for writing. I'm rather wonky on this page!

A leafy notelet was stuck on my September divider and I may swap my black Pilot pen for an orange one. My goodness, I used Washi tape!

Notes are already in place about things to do in this month. The yellow note is from last year and my recurring monthly 'to dos' will eventually be written up in 'best'.

My dingle dangle is an ear-ring from my DD and is one which features a leaf which I thought was quite Autumnal. The feather isn't though!

Right, that's my decorating done for a while. Now back to the planning, organisation, lists, projects and Filofax hugging.

Happy planning

Monday, 15 August 2016

Holiday planner for visitors

My original idea for a Holiday planner was for it to be a place to organise our family holidays but this year we haven't been anywhere. However we have had visitors for a fortnight and the planner came in very handy for our staycation at home with our guests.

My sections were:-

Travel Information - when our guests were arriving, their journey over (which took 2 days and involved them staying in 2 different countries to break up their journey) and information on where they were staying prior to arriving here. I also had contact details.

Itinery - here I noted various places we could visit from our home base.

Diary Section - in here was a countdown of things that had to be done before our visitors arrived 

and notes about what was happening.

I added more detail with a more detailed log of each day.

This Holiday Planner helped with both the organisation of the visit and is now a record of the visit itself.

It's next job is to help with our holiday abroad later on in the year. I've already made some notes and looked up flight prices. The cat stays home, though.

Happy Planning

Sunday, 24 July 2016

My Filofax Collection

My planner collection is growing and I need to make sure that I am getting optimum use out of all my Filofaxes. I love collecting the different styles and colours and for variety I swap and change around with their contents as my planning and organising evolves. No one system stays the same for long as I find my way to planning efficiency. Life changes and so plans change - using my Filofaxes keeps my ideas fresh and more creative. 

Here is a list of all my planners and their current uses. There is only one that lies empty at the moment and that is because I need to match its colour with its use - the fluro-pink is so bright and cheerful and is crying out for fun and frivolity to be stored inside. Perhaps it could be a party planner - but we don't have parties here. Maybe it could be a fashion planner but I'm afraid I'm not into fashion, just wearing what I want to wear and not what fashion houses dictate. A Bucket list planner could be a good idea mapping out plans to put my wish lists into action - but I don't have a bucket list as I am content with what I have. I'll just have to keep thinking. Meanwhile here is my list as it stands at the moment.

1. Red Piazza personal
Christmas planner

2. Lime Piazza personal
Monthly, weekly insert storage from 2016

3. Black Finsbury A4
Home binder

4. Fuchsia Original A5
Ebay binder

5. Lilac Piazza personal
Monthly insert storage from 2015

6. Red Pennybridge pocket
Wallet and shopping planner

7. Ochre Malden personal
Daily diary

8. Dark Aqua Original A5
Hobbies binder

9. Ochre Malden pocket
Bullet Journal / Brain Dump

10. Ochre Malden mini
Weight loss recorder

11. Lavender Original A5
Recipe binder

12. Fluro-pink Original A5
Just there to be admired at the moment :)

13. Pear Original personal
2017 Diary for forward planning

14. Blue Active personal
Travel and Holiday planner, journal and diary

15. Burgundy Classic Cross personal
Paper storage

My main 'families' are the Maldens and the Originals. The Maldens to me are the workhorses that take handling in their stride, are comforting to touch and satisfying to use. The Originals are exciting and colourful and they to me are the eye candy of my planning empire being so simply stylish.

Happy Planning

PS I may use my Fluro-pink as a project planner. Now that could be exciting and fun!

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Filofax Finking Friday 5

Perhaps I should use a different Filofax for each season,
or maybe one for each month,
or perhaps different ones for different celebrations such as Easter, Halloween or Christmas.

Seasons -
Spring - Pear
Summer - Red
Autumn - Brown
Winter - White? Now I don't think Filofax do a white, do they. Perhaps an ice blue?

I'll keep thinking.

Happy Planning