I’m starting a series where I’ll be giving you an overview of all the notebooks and planners that I have! Wether they’re used and relied on heavily or if they’re for occasional use or not used at all at the moment, they will all be mentioned in this series so keep your eyes peeled! If you ever want to know more about a certain planner or setup, then let me know!
To kick the series off though, I’m starting with my ring planners. I have two, an A5 Filofax Lockwood and then a Personal Filofax Malden. They’re both BEAUTIFUL pieces of leather which I feel so fortunate to be able to use but both have their individual uses.
One of the best things about the ring system is that it is incredibly forgiving! If you set your planner up one way and then feel like you want to change it after a few weeks then it’s an easy switch! No tearing out of pages. Just pop the rings and off you go!
A5 Filofax Lockwood
My Lockwood is my work hero. This desk planner helps me to stay super organsied at work whilst also making me look stylish (ha!) and professional (double ha!)! I have split this organiser down into various sections – inbox, next actions, projects, brands, reference material, someday/maybe and then passwords and contacts. I used to have it set-up completely differently when I first took it to work with me, but I soon figured out what was worth keeping and what sections I was missing.
My next actions tab is my most referenced section – it’s where the long and never ending list of tasks gets housed. I feel a great sense of achievement having them in this long list as it lets me easily see all the tasks I’ve done. On the flip-side, when I’m not being too productive and I’m not working through the list as quickly as I’d like to, it can also look very daunting! It’s swings and roundabouts but personally, I love it. Those red ‘x’ make it worthwhile!
Personal Filofax Malden
My personal Filofax Malden started life out as a a bit of a dumping ground! I wanted to use it so badly and just threw a whole bunch of paper and dividers in there until I could literally fit no more! Then what did I do? Hardly ever used her! So recently I’ve switched her all about and made her more useful to my life. Now, her current set-up looks after my lists/tasks, freelance work tracker, blog, home/life projects, monthly and yearly tasks and then my snowball method.
Again, my most referenced section is lists/tasks. It’s just where my mind likes to go and where I tend to write the most! I was using a fancier method to write my lists previously, but it took too long to write out a fancy header then carefully write each task/list item. Now I’ve switched to using the same style as my work planner next action lists. It’s simple, easy and just makes my planning that bit more efficient. The simpler my planner is, the more likely I am to want to use it. Easy!
And that’s both of my ring bound systems. Like I said, if you have any questions or want to see a more in-depth setup of my planners then just let me know!
See you soon and keep your eyes peeled for the next instalment in the series!
Filofax Lockwood (A5) – Amazon UK
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