Thursday, 11 October 2012

My diary

Ok, so it's not a Filo post! But it should hopefully be interesting.

I love reading other people's stationery blogs, especially when they post how they're using their tools to organise their life. Most people seem to use a Filofax but as per my previous post you guys know that currently, I don't!

Instead, I use this beauty:

It's from Paperchase, and was a birthday present from my gorgeous sister!

During the holidays, it didn't get much use... I think this was my busiest day...

However, take a look at the last three weeks, in which I've done freshers and started year three of my Psychology degree (eek!)

Phew! It's been hectic here! As you can see, there's not a massive amount of space in my diary for writing things down each day. So I have to use post it notes stuck on the divider to make sure I can see clearly where I'm going and at what time! The first 'checked' page shows my little key for my diary, I stuck to that about a week... The trouble is, the pens I used to colour code it with don't fit in my pencil case and I can't carry them round with me!

I suppose the biggest advantage of this diary is I have an in-built to do list on the checkered side of the page. The biggest disadvantage is that I'm used to using day per page diaries and the day slots are just so damn tiny! It is however pretty and I've got space at the back to write up a detailed blow by blow account of my (for this semester) three assignments and one exam. It also has address pages and a zip pocket at the back. It's very practical!

I'm hoping this will become a weekly slot, but who knows!

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Having a major Filo-fail...

Not posted a lot because a) my new uni house that I moved into two weeks ago doesn't have internet yet and b) I've majorly crashed and burned as a Filofax user recently.

I have three filofaxes. My pocket Domino is working alright as a nail varnish catalogue, but it's just a bit... meh. I've got some more paper for it from Paperchase but I don't feel wowed by it. It's just a bit of clutter really at the moment.

My personal Finsbury is currently languishing on my desk at uni (yes, I didn't even bring it home with me for the long weekend I'm back, shameful!) as I just don't have a proper use for it right now. I write all my appointments and uni work in my academic diary. I don't keep a track of anything else really, having had bad experiences with trying to track 'every day' things like food intake in the past. I have my stamps in it but it's a damn expensive stamp holder!

My A4 Metropol is currently the biggest fail and bothering me the most if I'm honest. I imagined before I went back to uni that I'd take it with me to all my lectures, make notes in it, write important assignments, put handouts in it, keep a track of readings etc. but I've only had three lectures so far and already it's been left at home! For the last two years, my lectures have been in one big hall with chairs that have a desk attached - thus an A4 filo would've been the perfect solution when space is limited. However this year all my lectures are in 'proper' (American style) lecture halls where I have a wide bench in front of me to lean on - wide, but narrower than A4 so the oversized Metropol juts off the front and bangs into the head of the person sitting in front. Hence I've just been using an A4 paper pad and slotting any handouts into it before transferring to a file for future reference. Notes are then typed up and filed away. So, no need really for an A4 filofax...

Sigh. Sorely tempted to try and sell it on ebay. Opinions?