18 February 2018

Future Podcast Topics - Update

We have been steadily producing podcasts this last couple of years.

We are taking a slight pause in our busy schedules at the moment to come up with some new topics.

With more than sixty episodes to listen to there are plenty of topics that I hope you will enjoy.

As always we are interested to hear what you would like to hear us discuss.  Even if you would like us to revisit a topic and may be cover it from a slightly different angle we would be more than happy to do that. 

None of our recordings are scripted as such, we have a rough idea of some of the things we want to include but generally they are done straight 'off the cuff', it is a very relaxed style and I hope you enjoy listening to each episode. 

If you haven't discovered the Podcast yet, you can listen on line to each one using a variety of methods: 
I am in the process of setting up a new podcast feed so that iTunes holds more podcasts in the feed than it currently does. This will take a few weeks to set up but hopefully it will give a better service once set up.

So what topics would you like us to discuss in the coming weeks? Please leave a comment down below or email steve at philofaxy dot com. 

17 February 2018

Web Finds - 17 February 2018

So I hope you have had a good week

So now it is time to enjoy a few blog posts from around the internet,  so grab a drink and make yourself comfortable for our weekly round-up.

Here are some Philofaxy posts you might have missed this week:
  1. Web Finds - 10 February 2018
  2. Experienced User - Kendra
  3. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Plannerverse - Episode 69
  4. Free For All Tuesday - No. 367
  5. Web Finds - 13 February 2018
  6. Can you identify this Filofax personal organiser?
  7. Using Outlook in conjunction with your organiser
  8. Free For All Friday No. 483 by Anita
So here are the latest Filofax and other brand blog posts from around the Internet. Don't forget to leave a comment on the posts you enjoyed reading, all bloggers enjoy getting comments.
  1. 2 Winners of the VDS Dream Planner Contest! - Blog Vdsshop
  2. Using a ring binder for budgeting – Part 5 - This Bug's Life
  3. A special surprise for all the contestants of the VDS Dream Planner Contest - Blog Vdsshop
  4. Changing a Lose/Win Mentality to a Win/Win Mentality - FranklinPlannerTalk
  5. Using a ring planner to track your reading – Part 1 - This Bug's Life
  6. How to use Franklin Covey planner inserts - Olga plans!
  7. February 2018 Issue 9 Letter From the Editor - Paper Planning Magazine
  8. Using a ring planner to track your reading – Part 2 - This Bug's Life
  9. Take Care of the Big Things and the Little Things Will Fit Into Place - Time Management Ninja
  10. Time management Monday: The planner drought is coming - Quo Vadis Blog
  11. How to Have Nothing To Do - Karine Tovmassian - Paper Planning Magazine
  12. Filofax spotted in the wild: Soft Domino in Duck Egg Mint, personal size - This Bug's Life
  13. February 2018 Planner Setup - Kimberly Hysler Blog
  14. 6 Planning Hacks That Make Sure Things Get Accomplished - Day Designer
  15. Using a ring planner to track your reading – Part 3 - This Bug's Life
  16. Speakers‘ Corner Saturday - 422 - Filomaniac
  17. Happy Chinese Newyear! -8% discount sitewide  -Blog | Gillio
  18. Take Back Control Of Your Mindset With These Four Tips - Day Designer
  19. Using a ring planner to track your reading – Part 4 - This Bug's Life
  20. GTD and Information Overload - Getting Things Done
  21. Time Management Ninja Podcast #11 – Ten Reasons Why Confidence Leads to Success - Time Management Ninja 
  22. Using a ring planner to track your reading – Part 5 - This Bug's Life
  23. Oops, did it again! Tan/honey/camel colored, vintage Franklin... - Olga plans!
  24. EPISODE #38 – The Power of Outcome Thinking - Getting Things Done
  25. Using a ring organiser to plan your garden – Part 1 - This Bug's Life
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16 February 2018

Free For All Friday No. 483 by Anita

I admit that I'm not a great fan of winter and was diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder some years ago. Thankfully I'm able to keep most of the symptoms at bay through using a light lamp, getting outside and exercise etc. However, one main symptom that can affect my planning is lack of energy. Due to this, I've learnt that winter isn't a suitable time of year for me to start big projects or take on too much. Some times it's frustrating as I want to get on with things, but I know that it can be too easy for me to feel overwhelmed when I'm tired. Therefore, each autumn I look at my projects list and consider any tweaks that I need to make, e.g. postponing until the spring, or breaking something down further to make it easier to manage.

Do you do something similar in the winter, or for other health reasons?

Of course, since it's Friday, all ring-bound planner conversation is welcome!
Have a great weekend.

15 February 2018

Using Outlook in conjunction with your organiser

Microsoft Outlook has been around since the late 1990's, I think the earliest version I ever used was Outlook 97 which came with Office 97.

Outlook is intended to do the following:
  • Email
  • Calendars
  • Tasks
  • Contacts
  • Notes
How well it does all of these functions is a matter of opinion! I'm sure we have all had to deal with Outlook in our work life at some point. The last time I seriously used it was nearly 8 years ago and then it was the Windows version! I have the latest version on my Mac, but I've honestly not tried to use it.

In the past I've used it to create simple diary inserts! This was before Ray and I got together to do our magic. 

Looking at the list above it does seem to copy a lot of the functions you might be using your organiser for? I'm not going to try and convert you all in to abandoning your paper organisers.... hell no!!

However, I'm sure some people are almost forced in to using Outlook or a similar set up at work, but you still want to use your paper organiser/planner. Can you blend the two together? 

I watched this recent video by Joshua LaPorte, I know a lot of you follow his videos and they are excellent at exploring how we use our organisers.

If you haven't watched his latest video, please take time to do so. 

After watching this and thinking about how Josh is now blending Outlook with his Van der Spek organiser, it created this image in my head of Outlook being a fast moving Motorway / Freeway / Autoroute / Autobahn (use the appropriate phrase for your country!). With his organiser being the service stations along the route where he stops to collect his thoughts together at regular intervals.

The advantage of this way of using the two systems of course means his colleagues are kept in contact with his schedule and his other tasks and notes can come in and out electronically.

However, Josh sets aside times in his busy schedule to gather together his thoughts, tasks, appointments and brings them together in his paper organiser to keep himself focused. Some of us refer to these times as 'Planner planning', it is something we have mentioned on the podcast several times.

Planner Planning is something I do either late on a Sunday evening after I have finished my regular scheduled conference call on a Sunday evening or after I've had my breakfast on a Monday morning.

It is then I gather together any outstanding tasks and transfer them forward in to the current week. I also scan through the paper diary and the electronic calendar to make sure they are roughly in sync with each other.

It is normally new events on the electronic calendar that I need to make a note of on my paper diary insert and trip planner.

Then during the week I add things to my pages as they crop up or as I think of things that need doing.

I don't find this way of working too stressful or inconvenient, I feel in control and I'm less likely to overlook something or miss an appointment that way.

What about you?