A Month in my Filofax

It’s officially been a full month of using my A5 Filofax Finsbury planner! Now that I have “settled in” to using this planner, I am excited to share some photos and updates on how it’s going.

Filofax A5 – Finsbury (Forest Green)

While setting up my planner I took major inspiration from Jen at Pretty Neat Living as well as Toni from A Bowl Full Of Lemons. I loved how both of them set up their respective Filofax planners so I incorporated their ideas with some of my own.

When you open up my planner on the inside left flap you will see my Franklin Covey pen (affiliate link), which I have had and used since probably 2012 – I LOVE it. In the zip pocket I keep some emergency cash. I usually keep my business card in the mesh ID pocket, but for privacy reasons I took it out for these photos. In the slotted pockets I keep an old set of Martha Stewart for Avery collection reposition-able tabs which I use to mark the month I am currently on. Finally, in the large pocket I keep a book of sticky notes.

In the back pocket I keep my Erin Condren perpetual calendar to keep track of birthdays.

In the coming months I may add some more personal and decorative touches, but only something very minimal.

Resting on top of my calendar pages is a clear zip pocket from Filofax. Here I keep my colour coding markers and highlighters. I use this pocket frequently, and it adds bulk when writing so I do not clip it into the rings. As my everyday writing pen i use Filofax’s erasable rose gold pen. This was a Christmas gift from my sister and I absolutely love it! The ink has a grey tone to it, so it appears somewhere between pencil and pen, and the eraser function truly does work.

In another clear slip pocket from Filofax I keep my monthly Yoga schedule, this one is the new February schedule from Yoga With Adreiene, check her out she is great for all levels!

Monthly & Weekly Pages

For monthly planning I used the Month on Two Pages inserts from Filofax. I use colour coding throughout (more about what I use in previous post). Down the left hand column I decided to track my daily yoga!

For daily planning I use Day on a Page inserts from Filofax. Down the left I use the timed columns to map out my days, and the right hand side for my to-do list.

So far, so good!

I am loving this system so far. A good sign to me is that I continue to use this planner everyday. The systems I have in place right now are both simple and functional, which proves to be the right balance at this time in my life. I will share how this planner evolves with me in the coming months. Happy planning!

Currently Loving: Erin Condren Life Planner

Erin Condren Life Planner in Modern Plaid with Gold Coil

Bright and Cheery

My favourite thing about the Erin Condren product line is their use of colour! I love the vivid colour schemes, playful fonts and stickers.

For 2020, I decided to customize my planner, the cover is Modern Plaid with a Gold Coil. The inside of my planner is a Horizontal layout.

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The Fun Stuff: Accessories

One of the many joys of planning is embellishing your planner with pens, markers, washi and stickers! Here are a few I love to use in my planner:

Highlighters: Mildliners by Zebra (affiliate link)

Markers: Paper Mate Flairs (affiliate link)

Sticker Binder: Krissyanne Designs x Michaels

I love this pencil case so much! It is so unique and sold by a small business on Etsy. The case has an area where you can display pins, a “secret” zip pocket to hold washi tape, and of course, an ample storage for all of your pens & highlighters.

Pencil Case: ZiZi and Me

If you are looking for a fun, cheery and not so expensive (cheaper than Filofax) option, then Erin Condren could be for you! They also have many different products in their range including Teacher Planners and Wedding Planners. Visiting their website alone is always a fun scroll!