8 Cool Filofax or Day Planner Ideas

Things can get unorganized very rapidly. A once; fantastic, crisp, new day planner, schedule or system can soon become a disastrous mess imposing itself on your life. Okay well maybe it’s not that bad but you don’t have to wait for the new year with it’s new diary for that special, “I’m going to take this world: it’s mine!” attitude. Nor do you have to wait for spring to do some spring cleaning.
If you’re falling behind a little on your to-do lists and self management, maybe it’s time to give your day planner, or what ever system you feel has become cluttered, a wee make over. Throw out no longer needed notes and receipts that you’ve jammed in there, re-decorate, reorganize and make it fresh again!

Today I did this with my Filofax. Now it’s back to looking like the edible sandwich that I feel in love with.


Here are are 7 things that I have done to my planner that are really handy

#1 A clear slip at the front for frequent change of image.
Just like my computer and cellphone images, I get bored of them and change them almost as often as my underwear. Being able to change that first page so easily means I can freshen up my planner as often as I want! I can now keep multiple images in the slip too, just waiting for their chance to get on my cover 🙂


#2 A place to go when I need a pick-me-up.
Many filo fax owners have a page for some quotes and cheerful musings. I have done this but have also put in a page specifically for the darker days when “Shine like the stars!” really isn’t going to cut it. thus far I have only found one and placed a musing of my own. My filofax is always on me so it’s the perfect place to have a place.
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#3 A scheduled for my ideal morning and night routine
I wrote out my ideal morning and night routines in the most efficient order and manner. If we prep before bed our mornings are easier and the better our morning routine the more productive we usually are: adding to the whole point of keeping an organizer!

#4 A list to check my bag is organised.
There are certain things you don’t want to be caught without. Panadol or Aspirin if you get a sudden migraine, a notebook for when inspiration strikes, your water bottle, pocket knife, spare phone battery or scarf (you wouldn’t believe how fantastic these things can be in some situations eg. injuries and make-shift belts or dog leads)
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#5 A dashboard!
Using a piece of watercolor card I made a dashboard for key things that need urgent or prolonged attention but may not have particular time slots. Using small post-it type sticky tabs, which I stuck to a clear plastic insert, I can write on a keyword then stick it onto the dashboard and remove it when it is no longer needed.
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#6 A collection of symbols that are quick to draw.
I was looking for a good calender for my phone that had cool symbols like my tablet for daily scheduling. Unfortunately the only one I like so far is way too small to read but it did give me the idea to add the feature to my planner. I went on the hunt for lots of little easy to draw pictures and jotted them down on a page to use a reference. I can, of course, make them up as I go along but I have already found this quite useful.

#7 Note organization
I write a lot of notes as I go through my day, and at random times I need to recall some of these notes. So I used the file separators that came with this filo fax for that. I have one for books I want to read so when I can’t recall the title at the library I have that list ready and one for movies when I am stuck picking a movie at the video store. I have one for music to check out and ones for project and research ideas.

#8 A clear slip for misc. items
some of the things I like to keep on me don’t have to be lose at the bottom of my bag. So I made a slot for things like, loose note paper, postage stamps, emergency phone top up and stickers for keeping my Filofax looking edible.


If you have any cool ideas to share about your day planners or organizational systems, please let me know in the comments because sharing is caring 😀

Time Management For Creative People

The thing I find most challenging about being productive as an artist is finding, and not easily losing, the time to immerse myself in the cosmos of stimulating things in a directed enough way to draw from. I am sure it will be the same for many whether it is the latest found TV series and movies, subjects you want to dive into or places and activities you want to experience, there never seems to be enough time in the day. Especially when life starts calling with it’s responsibilities and obligations.
So what can we do?
Well first of all, Since time wasted is time you will never get back, it is important to spend it wisely! Remember that somethings that are urgent are not necessarily important, so make sure you put the right things on your priority list. If you allow people to, they will delegate enough tasks to you that you will spend all your time building their dreams and not your own. It’s OK not to answer your phone or not check your emails until the end of the day.

The most useful thing I have found is the use of a day planner and they don’t have to be boring! from travelers notebooks to Filofax hobbyists there are planners and ways of organizing time for everyone to use. The key word there is “use!”.

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It allows us to track our time to; get that “to do” list done, complete goals, remember important dates, and even guilt trip yourself into getting more done when you look back at what you know you could have done yesterday but didn’t. It enables you to find that time to scout cool art on Pinterest, watch those seasons of doctor who and read or even write that book you’ve been wanting to and even have the time to work in your sketchbook!

However, scheduling is not enough by itself. A better term for time management is self management. Self management is built on good habits, the habit of getting up early, the habit of getting things done on your list and the habit of staying on top of your time. Which is where eye catching and visually stimulating planners like these come in! If you Love your planner you will be more likely to open it up and look inside at the days date, thus becoming more aware of your plans and be able to see if you are using your time wisely rather than wasteful. My best advice for this is to make it as gorgeous as you can and carry it on you at ALL times! And whether it’s a rainbow candy colored Filofax or a soulful Midori travelers notebook, when you find what suits you you’ll also find yourself being far more productive!

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I have no rights to these photo’s today I found them all on google images! 😉