22 June 2015

Keeping Organised | Filofax

Filofax Notebook
For the longest time I have had a little bit of an obsession with stationary. I distinctly remember that time of year when right before school restarted in September me and my brother and sister would all go shopping with mum to buy a new pencil case, pens and pencils; I loved it! I was that child who had about twenty different scented gel pens and a variety of different shaped rubbers and pencil sharpeners. 

Of course being more grown up these days (ahem) I have somewhat refined my stationary choices yet I feel as though there is still room for a little bit of fun, or indeed quirkiness. I have found that through juggling both university, my job and my blog that I have needed to find a way to keep myself more organised; pretty stationary really isn't just for show folks as it is vital I find for keeping me on track, or at least as best as it can, as even I can still be easily distracted.

Filofax Notebook
Whilst I am a huge advocate of my planners I have recently being using something a little less bulky which I have found to make quite a nice change to how I organise myself week to week. The Filofax Notebook* is a brand new concept to me and is one that I'm thoroughly enjoying using. Of course a notebook of any description is nothing new however this one is quite unique in that it has a few features which makes it much more user friendly.

First and foremost it has the ability to lie perfectly flat which I have to say was something I had never really been bothered about before, yet now I have experienced it for myself I feel as though I will find it hard to use anything other than something like this again; it makes such a difference when you're right writing in it. For one there is no bump to write over as you head towards the end of the page on the left hand side which for me is great, I sure hope you know what I am referring to there or that point may be a little bit lost on you; maybe I am just a bit too picky who knows.

The second concept is in some way similar to the traditional Filofax in that you can remove the pages in and out of the notebook without having to physically tear them out. As you can see in both the images above and below the edges of the paper within it are not sealed where they attach into the notebook itself, this makes them easily removable as you literally lift them out and slot them back into your desired place. I really like this feature as it means you can write where ever you like within the notebook on a whim and then organise it properly at a later date; this is something I really appreciate as I like my notes to be in order.
Filofax Notebook
This very feature also applies to the four dividers in the back as you can just as easily move those too which has made planning my blog posts as well as a mystery project that I am working on at the moment effortless, especially when I have had last minute ideas when working on something completely different. The paper within the Filofax Notebook is of a really nice quality too, it is really nice to write on and is not scratchy in the slightest which is often a bug bear of mine. On more than one occasion I have had to physically feel the paper in notebooks before I buy them because I really don't like how some can feel when I am writing in them. You see I am pretty passionate about my stationary and always look for something that I know will be of relatively good quality.

The Filofax Notebook is priced at £12.99 for the A5 size and £9.99 for the pocket size. Whilst initially this may seem perhaps more than one would like to spend I feel as though you will get your money's worth, especially because you can buy refills for this which is really handy as you won't have to go out and buy another notebook in itself. Both sizes come in six colours which offers more flexibility and personal choice, it is nice to venture outside the standard black and red shades.

Upon writing this post today I didn't quite intend this to be a sole review of this product, it was genuinely going to be somewhat of an overview of the current things I am using to help me be more organised yet I honestly have been so impressed with this that I just felt the need to write a lot about it. As you can see despite this post moving away from the norm of beauty it truly is never far from my mind; I have already made a rather long and expensive list of skincare items that I want to research further.

How do you keep organised? I keep reading about online calendars and keeping notes on my mobile phone yet I have to say I don't think that you can beat a pen and paper; I am most certainly old school when it comes to things like this.
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21 comments

  1. I love using my planner to keep me organised :)


    emily xx


    emilycouture95.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. Me too, I also really like this new Notebook concept too, it's super handy! :)

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  3. I always carry around a notebook, I find it really helps!

    Jenna // Beauty And The Style

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  4. Me too Jenna, even if it is just a simple small one for my handbag.

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  5. I just bought a nice new organiser from Paperchase to create a content calendar in for my blog and help me organise my time better. Now there's a sale on at Paperchase and it's taking every bone in my body to not go in and buy all the things!! XD x

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  6. This looks really nice. I've often found that notepads work a lot better for me than planners ever do!

    Love Hayley,

    Water Painted Dreams

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  7. I usually have a notepad in my bag somewhere, though nothing as nice as this x

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  8. I really love the look of this - i've been tempted to invest in an organiser for a while now, and Filofax definitely seem to be the best. I'm reaching a point where I definitely need something to help organise everything I have going on!

    Antonia x | Fifi and the Diamonds

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  9. This is such a cute Filofax! I have been tempted to invest in one of these for awhile now, as all my planners and lists are scattered in different notebooks. x

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  10. danniella josephine23 June 2015 at 17:47

    I've already told you this, but you've really made me want a Filofax! I've been using pen and paper to keep myself organised with my blog, and I think it has helped me so much compared to electronic ways of organising :)

    Dannie x

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  11. My friend just bought a filofax and now I really want one! They're amazing!

    hellomissjordan.com xx

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  12. You're officially my stationary enabler. I've been using a four subject notebook more of late to stay organized with notes, but you're limited because you can't move the pages. This is perfect. I just love the way the leather looks. And since it's refillable, you can have it all year round. It's such a good investment. Looking forward to seeing what else you're using to stay organised, and keeping my eye out for this mystery project of yours ;) x

    Ornella || euhnella

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  13. I always miss the sale in Paperchase Cat, although, maybe that is a blessing in disguise as I would just got a little bit crazy! I don't think you can beat physically writing stuff down can you.

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  14. I have been through so many notebooks Hayley. I like how you can use a planner every year, you simply just buy a refill which I guess makes them worthy of investment etc. Notebooks are super handy for taking out with you though, I generally don't mind if they get a bit bashed around.

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  15. This is a really nice one I must admit, although I'm quite happy with a 99p one at times so long as the paper is nice.

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  16. I am a huge fan of Filofax so I can wholeheartedly recommend them Antonia.

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  17. At times I have often found that the case, I sometimes struggle with using a planner and a planner alone if that makes sense. I tend to have a few things on the go.

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  18. It really can't Annabel, we are so old school! :)

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  19. I think if you keep on using things like this then they are worth investing in, particularly the actual planners themselves as they tend to be more expensive.

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  20. They are super handy! :)

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  21. The concept of this is really good, especially if you don't want something as bulky as a planner type organiser. Oh sorry, this isn't leather, although it is a 'leather look', sorry if that was a bit misleading. The project will be a little while yet (I think) but I'm working on it. Thank you Ornella! :)

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