Friday, 10 January 2014

My ‘more compact than an A5 filofax’ planner..

..has turned into a bulky, more or less the same weight as an A5 filofax planner.

However, all is not lost.

It started when I was worried about damaging the cover of my Plannerisms planner. I decided I needed something to protect it day to day as I tend to chuck my planners around a bit. I had seen on philofaxy that this planner doesn’t quite fit the Filofax flex cover as it is slightly too tall to fit into the slip pocket.

Nevertheless, the cover itself is tall enough to fit the planner inside. This meant I could attach it with a piece of elastic in a Midori type way. It appears to be pretty secure.

This solution means that I now have a number of pockets to keep other daily items. The only rule I have given myself is that all essential items are kept within the planner itself, meaning if I want to carry it out of the house without feeling like I am lugging around a brick I can take it out of the cover and know I have everything I need inside.  All the things that are kept in the cover pockets are non-essential items that I am not going to need out of the house.

In the card pockets I have my credit card (I only have it for internet purchases so it doesn’t ever leave the house), stamps,a few sheets of a mini note pad and stickers (see my puppy -he is so adorable).

The larger pocket below contains a couple of small note cards.

The larger side pockets contain:

Vouchers that I don’t want to keep in my wallet as they are for places I would need to make a special journey to.

2    A small reference notebook that I used pre ‘bullet journal’ days. I haven’t decided what I want to do about this yet. I may go through it and see if there is anything to copy over before shelving it.

3       A pen loop (really just so that it doesn't get lost), paperwork I need to process and a memory stick that I have attached to a clip

I have put the Plannerisms elastic over the back to keep it out of the way as I use a smash band to keep the whole thing closed and store my pens.

Here is a comparison with my A5 Malden filofax, showing the planner with and without the flex cover.

So there you go I have my portable office that I can use at home and a more streamlined version I can take out and about.