I’m making a change! I’ve been using Franklin Covey Compact planner with 2 pages per day inserts for the last 20 years and it’s time for a change.
I’ve been playing around with a Personal Malden Filofax for the last four months but hadn’t committed to it until recently. With the new year approaching, I decided it was now or never. So now it is.
My new binder is a Personal Malden which is similar in size to the Franklin Covey compact. The personal Malden inserts are half an inch narrower and the binder rings are a little bit smaller. Franklin Covey paper is 6-3/4 x 4-1/4. Filofax paper is 6-3/4 x 3-3/4.
So here we go.
The inside cover has a zipper compartment and several slots for business cards. So far all I’m using it for are my receipts. I’ll probably put some odds and ends in there eventually.
If you’re not familiar with Filofax, the company gives you the option of “registering” your binder with them. You’re assigned a registration number that you write on this page in your planner. If you ever lose your planner, this page gives instructions to the finder for returning it to Filofax and then Filofax will return it to you. Pretty cool.
The first section of my planner is A-Z tabs. I’m using these as an index for information that I want to keep in my planner but that doesn’t need to have its own section.
Here’s an example. This is my list of guests for Christmas along with the menu. I also have a page in the “H” section with thoughts about the next house we purchase. And under “P” is a list of purchases we need to make. When it comes time to start saving for the next thing, we’ll look at the list and see what’s most important.
I didn’t purchase a monthly calendar for 2012 so I made one myself starting in August when I got the Malden. Nothing fancy – just something to get by until the end of the year.
Behind the December tab are my daily pages. I started out with 2 pages per day.
I’m also going to make a to-do list on plain paper each day. That’s where I’ll write appointments for the day, to-do’s and notes about my day (I journal in my planner). Journal type notes will be on the back of the page.
Next are 2013 monthly calendars. These are tabbed pages I purchased from Day Runner. In the past, I’ve used the front page of each month as my Monthly Index and the back page for my monthly to-do’s. These pages have a place for the monthly to-do’s but not the monthly index. I’ll probably type the index and then tape it onto the front page of the month.
Next are divider tabs. I made these using colored card stock. I’ll probably put stickers or something on the fronts of the dividers. My dividers include:
Diary (for the daily pages)
Business (my husband is self-employed)
Money (mostly just a record of my non-business,
non-bill spending – you know, stuff like eating out, groceries, gasoline)
I subdivided the blog section so I can turn easily to the different pages. I make notes ALL THE TIME about article ideas, tips I think of, things I need to do, etc. Having the top tabs makes it a lot easier to record all those ideas.
The address tabs were purchased from Day Timer. I have a few addresses in my iPhone but this is my main address book.
I tried putting these business cards for my husband’s remodeling business, my daughter’s photography business and my blog in the front of the binder but they made it too bulky. They fit perfect here and I have them on hand if I need to give one away.
And finally, the back of the binder has room for a notepad which I purchased from Day Timer. I hardly ever use it but it’s nice having it there.
The Malden Binder is a soft, flexible, luxurious feeling binder. I really love it except for two things. The pen loop is too small for anything but a pencil so I clip my pen to the outside of it. And the closure tab gets in my way sometimes. I usually tuck it under the pen and that works pretty well.
So that’s my new planner set-up for the end of 2012 and 2013. I’m excited to give this new planner a try.
What calendar/planner are you using for 2013? Is it ready to go?