Tuesday, 22 May 2012

in search of the perfect diary insert - Philofaxy DIY diary inserts

So the vertical W2P Filofax diary insert didn't work, the Outlook print-out had no personality, what else could I do?

What else could any Filofax-loving-obsessive-compulsive person do? Visit Philofaxy to look for answers of course!

Is it neccessary for me to explain to people what Philofaxy is? Is it possible that there any Filofax fans out there, who've stumbled upon my humble blog, and don't know about Philofaxy?

Shame on you. You have no idea what you're missing...

Anyway...
A quick search on Philofaxy resulted in my downloading and slightly tweaking their Time Management Week Per View diary insert (version 2).
I swapped the left and right pages around - which took more work that you'd think!
It's messy, but I like it.

On the right page I have plenty of room to write my appointments and the left page allows me to write tasks that must be done on a given day. These are mainly shopping lists or home-related tasks. All my work-related stuff are filed behind GTD action tabs.

I especially like the "Coming Up" section on the bottom of the left page; I have a tendency of looking only at what's on this week's page and this "coming up" section allows me to remind myself of any upcoming events in the following week that I need to keep track of.

It seems that for now I can relax in my search for the perfect diary insert. After fiddling with the printer setting and mail merge settings for what seem like an age, I managed to print out a year's worth of pages. Time will tell how these inserts will fare.

To what extent have you gone to find your perfect insert, and what are you currently using?

7 comments:

  1. I absolutely LOVE these inserts. I didn't tweek them at all, it took me forever to figure out how to print them right, but these inserts are the reason I use my A5 all the time as my main filofax. (I have a compact one in my purse that is more personal)

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  2. After denouncing the diyplanner calendars as looking dated, I've found myself printing enough of their blank W2P sheets to get me to the end of the year. Three days before Philofaxy released their nicer W2P A5 set, of course!

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  3. I have been struggling with this very issue this week, and have been looking at this very calendar option. Perhaps I'll give it a try! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. Am I missing something, but couldn't you have printed them booklet-style, starting on a different day to get the right/left swap?

    Anyway, like you, I have found the Philofaxy diaries to be absolutely fab! Glad you've found a set to work for you.

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    1. I'm not sure I understand... do you mean to start printing from the "notes" page first, so it's on the left page? But each page is dated, and I'll end up with last week's notes page next to this week's appointment page...

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  5. Ayra is there anyway way you can share your tweaked/modified version of this layout? I cant quite figure it out myself =(
    n.m.henriquez at gmail dot com

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    1. Of course there is. However I left the file at work and will have to email you on Monday.

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