My A5 Grey Malden is now set up to serve me well in 2013

Seeing as it is a new year, I spent quite some time on New Year’s Day setting up my Filofax for this year – believe me, this is the best way I know to spend the first day of the year. I usually cannot stick to a diary for more than six months. Mostly through boredom but mainly because my system gets on top of me. I am a Filofax over-stuffer with a job that requires very detailed organization.

So……

I am using my A5 Malden in Grey.

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In the generous front zippered pocket I have two spare pens,two highlighters and a spare USB stick. I will probably put some Post Its in there if I need them but am trying to avoid the dreaded overstuffing. I could take out one pen and one highlighter too, for that matter.

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On the zip pull I have a little cat charm – mainly because I like it and have never found anything to use it for. It is a mobile phone charm given to me by a very dear friend but I have never had a phone that could fit it.

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In the slots inside front cover  I have papers I need to work through, a business card and a Christmas present card from a secret friend. I think I know who it is, I just have to do some research and that is there to remind me.

At the front I have a clear zippered envelope. This will be for notes, receipts, vouchers and small scraps of paper I need to keep and sort out later.

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Behind that is 6 months of Burde (a Swedish brand) WOTP with vertical format. I like these because they are divided into very clear time slots so this suits me perfectly. I have to have my scheduling puzzle perfectly in order. I can highlight lunch-times and times between appointments where I need to include travelling time. I walk between 10000 and 25000 steps a day in my job and that takes quite a long time away from my job. They are designed to fit the rings of just about every ringbound planner there is.

Behind that is 3 months of WOTP horizontal format for daily to-dos. I can divide my chores and to dos evenly over the week. Behind that are about ten pages of notepaper for anything that can’t go into the weekly diary.

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Behind that are 4 world maps. My clients travel a lot and need to be quite knowledgeable about where countries lie and how close other countries are. I sometimes ask them to list the 54 countries in Africa and then once they have done their list I give them the map to double check. Same goes for Eastern Europe.

After that go business cards in a business card sleeve.

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Behind that are clear plastic envelopes containing

  • discussion topics for my students. Some with accompanying articles.
  • my own lists, goals, resolutions, longterm shopping list, to do’s. I have photos and lists of clothes I need for example or beauty products I want to buy so if I am in town with time to spare I can go and look at them and decide.
  • Speeches I am working on
  • Our Union Collective agreement and our local agreement
  • Attendance Registers and needs analyses questionnaires.

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I also have a set of Post-Its which I may or may not put at the front.

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Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

6 thoughts

  1. I just love your Grey Malden. I have one in the Personal size.Not sure if I’ll use it this year though.

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