Filofax or diary

Hi all, how many of you prefer a Filofax or a seperate diary? I have a mini Filofax but am wondering whether to go back to a slimline diary to save space in my bag but then I'd end up having a seperate address book aswell which is a bind.

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Filofax vs Diary

I misplaced my slimline diary sometime last month and was lost without it, especially as I have used one since 1982. Somewhere in the house was a Filofax type binder so I got a set of daytimer pages and started using that. Not the same. The space allocated per date on the daytimer week on two pages is about the same as a slimline, but you cannot keep the thing in your jacket pocket and it certainly isn't as neat and tidy. My slimline turned up and I was relieved. I keep the filofax binder for notes and to do lists but now I am carrying too much. I think I will ditch it because those little strips of paper with all those holes down the side are kind of neat but it really is all too fussy. Occasionally I fear it looks too much like a bible. Some years ago I had a great system when my filofax usage evolved to simply a jotter for notes on the fly and a slim filofax binder to hold the notes in. Alas the jotter was lost and with no replacement available I gravitated toward 5"x3" cards for notes using a leather jotter a client company gave me. A lot of high powered people and world leaders use 5"x3" cards discreetly. They don't lug around bulky filofaxes with flags and bits of papaer hanging out of them. If you must use a filofax go page per day for tasking and keep it on your desk.
A new slimline diary has already been ordered for 09. One is always on my Christmas wish list and during the holidays it has almost become a tradition to sneak away and transfer information from the old into the new. A very therapeutic exercise!
As for addresses the mobile phone (Blackberry in my case) is best. I have over 1,750 contained in mine and the technolgy makes them searchable. Alas I cannot use the digital diary because I am fully wedded to a slimline. The advantages of a slimline are that you can whip it out of your pocket and make various notations (and not just dates) using a fountain pen and all with great flourish. Also the various pages of information are useful when solving debates over certain trivia or discussing the location of the latest war!! Long live the slimline. Best time management tool ever.

Bert--Is your Slimline a Personal or A5?

I suspect it's a personal because you mention whipping it out of your pocket, but not sure. I haven't seen a slimline A5 and don't know if it's pocketable.

Thanks

It is a hardback leather

It is a hardback leather bound slimline diary. Like the kind made by Letts. About six and a half inches long and three and a quarter inches wide. Week on two pages format with a ribbon to mark the page. Fits perfectly in an inside jacket pocket.

Diary/Filofax

Hi, this is very interesting. I like slimline diaries because they are less bulky than a Filofax but last year I decided to try the mini size Filofax which is the smallest size. However, I find that now I have filled it up with paper it is still bulky in my handbag, unless I get a bigger bag which I don’t really want to do.

I find the Filofax so convenient though as I can have all my numbers, addresses, appointments and information in one place. I also use it for my financial information and can get to what I need at the flip of a page. The downside is the bulkiness and having every bit of information on me every day which I don’t always need. However, when I used a slimline diary and had an address book at home you could guarantee that I’d need an address when I hadn’t got it on me.

I do store phone numbers in my mobile but do like a back up on paper just incase as I don’t fully trust electronic stuff for keeping information. An example of this was the other week when a workman was in my home and needed a colleagues phone number but couldn’t get it because his mobile had gone flat and he hadn’t got it written down anywhere. This can also be the same for addresses don’t you find?

Any ideas on a system that involves using a slimline diary and it still being convenient. I find that even if I got one that would fit in all my addresses (which I doubt there is one) I would then have to transfer the whole lot over to a new diary every year, with the Filofax you only update the diary every year and the information stays put. Another downside to the Filofax though is that the inserts and notepaper for it ain’t cheap. But just for the record, this is what I keep in my Filofax:

Diary
Phone numbers and addresses
Financial information, including bank account, money going in and out etc
Curtain measurements for my flat
Birthdays
All relevant numbers, ie card numbers so that I can access them instantly
Special dates I need to refer to

And the list goes on……..

So for 2009 I don’t know whether to buy the Filofax inserts or get another slimline but how can I keep all this information on me?

Filofax

Hi, this is very interesting. I like slimline diaries because they are less bulky than a Filofax but last year I decided to try the mini size Filofax which is the smallest size. However, I find that now I have filled it up with paper it is still bulky in my handbag, unless I get a bigger bag which I don’t really want to do.

I find the Filofax so convenient though as I can have all my numbers, addresses, appointments and information in one place. I also use it for my financial information and can get to what I need at the flip of a page. The downside is the bulkiness and having every bit of information on me every day which I don’t always need. However, when I used a slimline diary and had an address book at home you could guarantee that I’d need an address when I hadn’t got it on me.

I do store phone numbers in my mobile but do like a back up on paper just incase as I don’t fully trust electronic stuff for keeping information. An example of this was the other week when a workman was in my home and needed a colleagues phone number but couldn’t get it because his mobile had gone flat and he hadn’t got it written down anywhere. This can also be the same for addresses don’t you find?

Any ideas on a system that involves using a slimline diary and it still being convenient. I find that even if I got one that would fit in all my addresses (which I doubt there is one) I would then have to transfer the whole lot over to a new diary every year, with the Filofax you only update the diary every year and the information stays put. Another downside to the Filofax though is that the inserts and notepaper for it ain’t cheap. But just for the record, this is what I keep in my Filofax:

Diary
Phone numbers and addresses
Financial information, including bank account, money going in and out etc
Curtain measurements for my flat
Birthdays
All relevant numbers, ie card numbers so that I can access them instantly
Special dates I need to refer to

And the list goes on……..

So for 2009 I don’t know whether to buy the Filofax inserts or get another slimline but how can I keep all this information on me?

Their are various versions

Their are various versions of slimline diries. I like the ones with lots of pages at the back for notes. There I can keep little details like measurements, books to read, who wants what for christmas etc... and important numbers in code.

Be careful what you carry around though. You do not need to have all your personal info with you as your identity could be stolen. I keep my bank balance in code under the date in the slimline (I write wih a fine point!) but you can always adapt the few blank address pages slimlines inevitably contain. Other financial info belongs at the desk and not on your person. The only way not to lose all your info is not to carry all your info.

Addresses and telephone numbers I have on the Blackberry and keep it synced with the desktop PC. Its the same database I have used since 1992 and it has migrated platforms several times.
I'm aware Filofax has an address software program that allows you to type and print..and then insert in one of their binders with an electronic back up.
For addresses you also could try a separate slimline address book. Addresses and numbers change from time to time. People drift and businesses come and go so its good to cull once in a while using a new address book keeping everything neat; my wife keeps her contacts ths way.

Slimlines are either free from friendly businesses or credit card companies or cost under $15.00 from the bookstore. Much more economical than all those expensive inserts, many of which go unused.
As I say look for a slimline with plenty of note pages. A map is useful as is a wine vintage chart. You can always paste a printed list of important things over the obligatory slimline page that has all the useless 800 numbers!

Its always fun to look at a slimline at year end with it dog eared pages and all those notes and jottings. And then to get a fresh one with clen sheets of paper to strt all over again! Just like a new year at school used to be!!

Diary and fobster

I've tried many things but what works best for my personal planning is a smallish diary and a fobster. (My work insists on Outlook for all staff & I don't take work home).

This year my diary is a pocket moleskine but next year I'm thinking of a $2 basic little pocket diary. While the fobster is 10 business card sized cards with phone numbers & other reference information.

Either a Filofax or a diary is fine. However, I agree with some of the other posters that it's a bad idea to carry all your information with you.

I used to carry tons of info with me then I did a simple information audit. Each time I used a page in my filofax-style binder (as I had then) I would put a mark on the top of the page. I put a tick for when I was away from home and used the page, and a cross for when I was at home.
At the end of a month or so I collected up all the pages with marks at the top. And I was very surprised with how few pages I collected and how many pages of what I thought was "terribly important information" had no marks at all.

After that I decided that if I hadn't needed it in over a month, or had only used it at home, that if I did need it when I was away from home I'd take the risk and wait to get the information from home.

So far there's only be one time I can remember in the last few years that I didn't have a piece of information I needed. And yes, waiting for it didn't matter.