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Filofax Girl For Life

October 20, 2010

Well, it’s October. That means, for university students at least, that life seems bleak and crazy, confusing and stressful. You’ve become forgetful, wound up, psychotic even. It certainly doesn’t help that on top of the endless avalanche of assignments, midterms, lectures and readings there is another impending avalanche – of snow – that is descending at a rapid clip.

It’s enough to make any girl cry herself to sleep! Not that I have..or anything..

Now would be a really good time to look at that article on stress-busters and pick me ups. Or the one on how to survive exam season, parts 1 and 2.

But what I want to talk about today is the thing that’s saving my life throughout this hectic time: MY FILOFAX. I have the Mode organizer in pink/green. And I love it.

Here she is, in all her glory:

Wow.

Sometimes I just take it out and look at it. Because I think it’s beautiful.

Our relationship is perfect: I am physically attracted to it and feel very strongly about its personality. Sigh. True love.

Maybe you don’t get it. I don’t reaaally blame you, it’s hard to know what this type of love feels like. Which is why I want to tell you 3 reasons I love this thing.

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Three Reasons I Love My Filofax

1. It consolidates all my crazy.

Grocery lists, books-to-read lists (right up there with groceries, obviously), homework, important dates all the way until next Christmas, to-do lists, study plans, my Mom’s Kili itinerary, my blood donor reminder card, articles I loved and printed out, my wallet, sticky notes, a calculator, notes-to-self, affirmations, quotes, reminders..

There’s a lot of stuff in there. To be honest though, I wish I used it more! I’d love to have more lists in there, but right now I don’t have enough paper.. so I make my lists on other papers and slip them into the pockets. It works well enough, but the point is – I could exploit this thing even more! More paper! More crazy! More compact! I never have to remember anything except: “Bring your Filofax with you” and I’m good.

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2. It’s prettttyyyy.

One thing I love about Filofaxes in general is that they’re all so adorable! I can’t tell you how much time I spent on the Filofax website before buying mine, just looking at all the features and colour combinations available. If you wanted to, you could get one made of ostrich! (Although, why would you want to..?)

They’re not too bulky, they come in a variety of sizes, they’re cute and fun and in every colour of the rainbow. Mine is bright pink with bright green (bright bright bright I love bright colours!!), in the Personal size. Personal is the most common size, I’m told, probably because it’s very handy. Anything smaller and my huge writing would take up the whole page. Anything bigger and I wouldn’t be able to carry it absolutely everywhere! :)

The red Domino was featured in the movie 27 Dresses, if a movie sighting means anything to you. (I think it’s kinda cool!)

Besides, just look at this pretty thing! I can’t take my eyes off it sometimes.. :)

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3. It is amazingly customizable.

One of my favourite parts of shopping for my Filofax in the first place was reading the lists of all the goodies that come with each organizer. It seems endless: world maps, address book inserts, calculators, mirrors, plastic envelopes, sticky notes, to-do lists, notepaper.. so exciting. And if something doesn’t automatically come with the planner you choose, you can just add it into your order. They make it dangerously easy.

And all this pre-shipping customization is nothing compared to what you can do with it once you’ve gotten it into your hot little paws. I have sections for quotes, books I want to read, and affirmations. My front pocket is for important articles, notes-to-self and anything pretty I find lying around. Behind the front pocket is a long-term to do list..

Etc, etc! I have all my grocery lists tucked inside, receipts fit easily, I can even slip change into the pockets, I can fit a pen and a highlighter inside. It’s perfect for me.

:D = big smile demonstrating my love for this thing.

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However..

..obviously this particular system can’t work for everyone. As I mentioned in this post about getting organized for school, there are tons of different methods you can try: anything from wall calendars to scribbled to-do lists. I just wanted to give my personal account of the system that works for me!

Also, I’d like to add: I am in no way endorsed by Filofax to say this stuff. The idea of that is simply ridiculous to me: as if Filofax would know who I was!! But I’ve gotten weird comments asking stuff like that before, so I just wanted to clear it all up beforehand. No people, this post is simply (dorkily) because I have a relationship with my personal organizer.  Someone has to be this dorky in real life, and it’s me. You’re welcome.

Anyone else geek out about stationary/organizers/awesome stuff like that?? I’m looking at you Isabelle..back me up here! Let me know!

 

ALL MY LOVE & STUFF

XOXO

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. October 21, 2010 12:04 AM

    I am addicted my my Blackberry. My family jokingly calls it a Crack-berry. I used to use a day planner that allowed me to plan every hour of my life but I always forgot to take it places and never had it when I needed it (like at the grocery store, when someone asked me to tutor their kid and I didn’t know my schedule). So last May when I was able to upgrade my phone, my mother convinced me to not be cheap and spring for the Blackberry. And, can you imagine, she was right? I love it. I can still plan every hour of my day. I can make lists. AND I CAN INTEGRATE THEM! Plus, if I wanted to know my boyfriend’s schedule or my best friend’s, I could integrate theirs too. It has all my contacts listed, with their Facebook pictures next to their names. Plus I have my email addresses set up on it. And I have an internet browser. Oh, and one of my favorite applications: Word To Go. I can save Word files on my Blackberry. Which is awesome, because I save my syllabi on there, so I have them with me wherever I am. No more getting to the library, only to realize I forgot my syllabus in my room. Not to mention, my Blackberry is PURPLE!

    Well, now that I’ve written a novel about my love for my Blackberry… your Filofax is super duper pretty.

    • October 21, 2010 10:08 AM

      Ooh that’s such a good system too! I know a lot of people who rely on their smartphones (my mom, for one) as their personal organizer. I really like the integration of that system, like you mentioned, and the whole idea of complete synchronization. Unfortunately, I just can’t use technology as my life line! For some reason, it always crashes on me, or doesn’t do *quite* what I want it to do, or doubles up my contacts or deletes events or somehow glitches! But I have complete respect for people who can make it work for them, you guys rock. For some reason I just live in the Dark Ages still and I love just writing things down :) Maybe if I got an iPhone it would work for me better (because I have a Mac) but we’ll see! Thanks for your input though, I loved hearing about your adorable purple Blackberry!! Yay for organization!

  2. October 21, 2010 12:15 AM

    Looks handy ^.^ I need to get something like that. My current planner is not working for me at all, so I end up using (and losing) a bazillion little sticky notes instead.

    • October 21, 2010 10:08 AM

      Ah no! That’s what I try to avoid, because I’ve definitely been there.. :)

  3. Isabelle permalink
    October 21, 2010 7:34 PM

    I love my Filofax! I’ve been doing a lot of traveling lately, and it’s been so handy to store all of my necessary documents, like boarding cards, passport, etc. And I have all of my cards and money in those zippered zippy bags that I can just remove and pop into my clutch for a night out. If I were to buy one in the future though, I wouldn’t get a leather one, because I already have pen marks all over it, which is probably inevitable… :)

    • October 22, 2010 11:11 AM

      Ooh! That’s such a good idea about transferring so easily to a clutch for the night! Good one, I will have to try that very soon. As for the material – all I can say is that mine doesn’t have any marks on it, but it’s vinyl so it probably won’t last as long as your leather one anyways, with or without the pen marks! :)

  4. October 22, 2010 2:52 PM

    I recently decided to go back to pen and paper and I feel just like you do! I love mine, it’s gorgeous and always in my handbag. I like the flexibillity, the fact that I can add and remove stuff anytime, I have anything I need in one place (schedules, grocery lists, contacts, maps, etc etc!).
    By the way, your filo is soooo pretty, I’m jealous!

    • October 22, 2010 6:53 PM

      Oh I’d love to see yours too! And I agree about the flexibility, it’s so useful. :)

  5. Jotje permalink
    November 12, 2010 11:38 AM

    Of course you have a personal relationship with your Filofax! Have a look at http://www.philofaxy.com, a blog community of “dorky” people addicted and obsessed with their filofax. We understand …. ;-)

    • November 12, 2010 12:04 PM

      Haha! Thanks, I’m glad there’s a place for me after all :) I’ll be sure to check it out!

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