My Filofax is my baby, I’d seriously be a hot mess without it and my life would be a shambles.
Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating. But my life would certainly be more disorganised and I’d probably go a little crazy in trying to remember the things I had planned!
Everyone has their own personal ways of setting up their diaries or planners, from a weekly overview for keeping track of tasks and appointments, to daily planners to organise lists, goals, prioritises. I consider myself a little more of a control freak and like to indulge in the daily planner scheme – I like to keep track of daily appointments on one page, as well as a daily to-do list and a reminder of my monthly goals also to keep me motivated and moving forward.
♥ On the opening page, I keep a zip-lock wallet of family pictures and swap them around routinely. I love the warm feel this gives to my Filofax and these pictures never fail to keep me motivated and remind me (daily) what I’m fighting for.
♥ I’m a visual person, so I like to see the whole week laid out ahead. I don’t make detailed plans or to-do lists on the weekly pages, but its always good to see whats coming up at a quick glance. This gets used more for planning things and for noting down plans with friends, university assignment deadline dates, appointments, etc.
♥ I keep a coloured sheet with monthly goals on the notes side of the weekly over-view page. I switch up the colour of the paper every month to keep me on my toes but I find it triggers my subconscious memory to keep working on these goals each time I look at my weekly overview page (which is usually more than once daily). I found this is a great way to keep myself inspired.
♥ I purchased these custom dividers from Etsy last year and they are brilliant. As much as I like to keep things looking clean and cohesive, there are some things that I just can’t keep in any particular format so these custom dividers came in so handy for that. I tend to scribble down ideas and in-depth creative plans for lifestyle/portrait shoots in the projects section. This can range from simple ideas from location, props, places to get material, or to people to contact for a shoot. The notes section ends up being a mishmash of non sentimental bits and bobs that don’t necessarily have a set time or day to be completed, like ideas for blog posts, motivational quotes or books, etc, and its become an easy way to clear my head.
♥ You might have noted that I write down my goals everywhere! Its true. My filofax even has its own little ‘goal’ section dedicated to goals themselves. I got this these little prints from Etsy and they are designed especially for goal breakdowns, and include a bucket list, a goal overview, a goal planning page and a yearly and monthly tracker. I don’t delve into this section often, but I have found it so helpful for writing things down that spring to mind every now and again that I want to achieve in the next 1-5 years. I then breakdown these goals into monthly chunks and stick them on my weekly layout page to remind me of what Im trying to achieve as seen here —->
♥ I have found this meal planning section unbelievably helpful in helping me not only broaden my pallet when it comes to trying new foods, but also I’ve found it stops me from getting ‘stuck in a rut’ with the same old meals. One of the biggest things I dealt with in the beginning stages of anorexia recovery after discharge from hospital last summer, was meal planning. No matter how hard I tried at times, I could not get myself to eat any other foods other than the ones I considered “safe”. I went through I terrible time of being so frustrated with myself and my disease and also went through a period of not knowing what to buy at the supermarket (so used to buy everything and anything and it used to go to waste!). Now I sit down with cookery books or devise my own meals each Sunday and come up with 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners depending on what I have got going on that week, and I write down the ingredients that I’m going to need for each of those meals/recipes. Not only has this pulled me out of that disordered ‘rut‘ but it has saved me so much time, frustration (and money!).
♥ Last but not least – the ‘everything zip-lock wallet’ at the back, where pens and sticky notes get thrown in. One of my pet hates is never being able to find a pen, so having one in the back of my Filofax is essential to my sanity! Also, these coloured tabs are brilliant for marking important “ah-ha!” moment in pages in personal development books! I love referring back to material from authors that make me see life and the world in a completely different way.