My love/hate relationship with the A5

A5 Classic left, Personal Classic right

A5 Classic left, Personal Classic right

I do indeed have a love/hate relatioship to the A5. A5 is perfect for me because:

  • Big enough to write full-size
  • I can fold A4 paper in half, punch it, fold it and put it in my A5
  • It holds a lot
  • I can put articles in the clear sheets

BUT

  • it is big
  • it is heavy

There is no getting around the fact that after carrying it around for 12 hours, it feels like a brick and I hate it.

Does anyone else have this dilemma?



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10 replies

  1. Yes, I go back and forth between A5 and Personal all the time!

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  2. I use an a5 and cart it round with me in my very large handbag. I have now been doing this for about 8/9 months and gotten used to it. However, I now also plan accordingly and arrange to not have it with me, leave it in the car, get my other half to pick it up etc if I am out for a long day or out after work and just have my pocket with me.

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  3. (Oops. You like it so you can write full size. Hm. Use thinner paper for the less important stuff?)

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  4. Hi, there. =)

    I resisted buying A5 because they felt so heavy in the store. The “Apex” went on sale on Filofax USA and I thought, “oh, maybe it’s lighter-weight!” And then I clicked and saw it was sold out. =(. Hahaha.

    Do you write small? Maybe a solution could be dividing the A5 pages into quadrants or something? Then you could carry less paper.

    Cheers. =)

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  5. I have just gone completely into a classic sized FC with 1.25″ rings (31.75mm). It may be large, it may be heavy, but I need the space. I don’t walk around with it, it goes in a tote bag from car to workspace or sits on my desk at home. There are pockets for index cards so I keep all my shopping lists on those and just tuck them in the wallet when I go. Also, I am not worried about leaving it in the car when I shop because I have no sensitive information in it. It’s 100% notes, lists and planning. I got away from the idea that I had to have all data with me all the time. It’s great to have all that room to write.

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  6. Oh yes!!
    I’ve recently moved back to just personal size due partly to this dilemma. I’d love to use A5 as my sole binder, but the weight & bulkiness is a real issue for me. It’s meant that in the past, I’ve just left my filo at home & sorely missed it. Love that I can easily fit personal size in my bag & happily carry it around all day.

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  7. I have tries A5 Malden first, but it was too heavy, then I switched to an A5 Calipso, it was better because of smaller rings, but still too heavy. I took out all the paper I didn’t need, and ended with an A5 planner without rings that I made myself! This was heaven! Not heavy at all! !! I used it for 3 weeks, and switched to … a personal franklin covey!!!!!

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  8. Oh, yeah!!!!! I really, really, really want to use an A5 (classic FC actually) because of all the pros you listed. But I get stuck on the cons you listed and those seem like deal breakers. I keep going back to the smaller size (compact FC) but I know I would be happier overall if I used the larger size. I have a LOT of stuff to keep track of and the smaller size just can’t do it.

    One thing I’ve noticed is that once I switch back to the larger size, I’m more creative. I don’t exactly know why but I suspect it has something to do with the extra space.

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  9. I love my A5 for the ability to have everything all in one place. I’ve been tempted to try a Personal size, but alas, I’m attached to my A5 and love her so! :0)

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  10. I’m the same, I’ve got a lovely teal A5 that’s absolutely perfect… but there’s no way I could carry it around all day. I’ve even had to downsize my personal pennybridge as I can’t carry that around all the time either. If only it was possible to get a lightweight A5 šŸ˜¦

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