- I don't like writing on pages with rings. It's awkward, especially on the verso.
- I felt I could lose the pages, as if they would rip out with use or go astray during storage. I'm rough on material objects and I was unsettled by the fragility of the system.
- I don't like the idea of being tied to the Filofax as a long-term wallet. I DO like using it as my wallet right NOW, but I'm a serial monogamist with my wallets and foresee a break-up in our future. I've been wracking my brain devising a way to split things into easily reassembled components, components that could live in different environments as a unit.
To that end, I stripped the innards of the FF, pulling all calendar and planning pages, leaving only index cards and two inconsequential tabbed categories.
The index cards are the most important part of my Filo. They are THE reason why I carry a pocket-sized ring binder. I've tried numerous index-card-carrying methods, and I like this the best. They are easily accessible and protected during travel. I write on them all the time - in the car, standing in line at stores, etc. I just move the tab each time I use a card so I can always flip right to an empty one.
I put my beautiful, Japanese planner pages in storage - *sob* - and finally bought one of those AT-A-GLANCE Recycled Weekly Planner, 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 Inches, Black, 2011 (70-035-05).
I've wanted one for years but thought it was too small but, now that I can restrain myself from writing with a paintbrush, it serves my purposes perfectly. I LOVE it. Adore the rounded corners, unlined blocks of space, and spiral binding. Gosh. Gush. It slips right into the front of my filo and slips out, too, for ease of writing. [Note - I carry four or five post-its stuck to a credit card; also, I started utilizing an idea I recently came across of inserting a tarot card in a plastic sleeve ].
The weekly calendar fits into the billfold of another wallet I already have. If (when) I switch wallets, I might use the Oxford At-Hand Notecard Case, referred to in an earlier post. Or I might have to buy a LEATHER Filofax as my new wallet. Have to.
I'm still using my Moleskine Plain Cahier Journal Kraft Pocket: set of 3 Plain Journals to plan each day and I'm LOVING IT. They are just like me - messy, dirty, colorful, flexible, ambitious and near tears, yet very functional and effective. I can change the layout daily, as I please. The At-A-Glance weekly planner keeps me on track. It's just like my husband - clean, tidy, and conveying only what's necessary.
Now I just stick the cahier in the billfold. I got tired of messing around with the clip I used to use to hold it against the inside back cover. So what if it sticks out a little? And do you like the teeny little re-placeable tab in the cahier? I love those Avery tabs, they are so durable and useful. I bought mine at Office Max.
In addition to this all-in-one wallet/weekly planner/daily planner/index card holder/pen holder/pencil holder, I carry a PaperBlanks notebook.
It is so beautiful, the picture doesn't really do it justice. Here's a close-up:
It's what I use when I want to write AT LENGTH, and without a keyboard. My Varsity disposal fountain pen is a joy to use on the heavy pages - bleed-thru is negligible. I'm hankering for the Varsity Disposable Fountain Pen Assorted Ink 7-Pack Pouch. Some other month.
So this, plus my phone and lip balm, is what I put in my purse before I leave the house, and take out of it when I return.
With these few items, I'm good to go, ready to respond to any phone call or email. More importantly, I'm primed for some alone time at a cafe.
P.S. Here's how I store my index cards and my abandoned Filofax inserts. I bought mine at Office Depot. It's just like this one at Amazon - Globe-Weis Fiberboard Index Card Storage Box - but a different color. FF pages are at the back of the box, after the first tab. I have partially-used one-day-per-page inserts, two types of one-week-per-page, one one-week-per-two-pages, and two types of one-month-per-two-pages... all abandoned!! The gray-blue, goldenrod, and gray tabs came with the Urban FF but were so dreary I yanked them immediately. Most of the index cards in this box are blank, just a few at the front are written on.
Here it is closed:
That's all for today's "Report on Office Supplies in Excruciatingly Painful Detail". Thank you, and good night.