i love everything about September – but, sartorial matters aside, it's the back-to-school stationery that gets me every season.
confession: i've always been a pen and paper person. for me, there's something unique and invaluable about the habit of writing things down, and crossing items off a list.
i've been a loyal Moleskiner for some time, and i had been using their weekly notebook as a planner for years. however, recently it started to feel a bit too limiting in terms of space and layout. i wanted a more fluid layout and more customized, adaptable features. so after doing some research into the planner options out there, i got a Filofax.
i combined the Filofax inserts with the artful agenda refills from Kate Spade:
- monthly calendar at a glance
- week on 2 pages
- notes (for capturing ideas, thoughts, sketches)
- budget (wishlists, financial planning goals, etc)
- goals + projects
- birthdays + important dates
form + function: i've been using mine for a little over a month now, and it's fantastic. the six-ring binder allows for adding or subtracting inserts/sections as needed, and the leather folio design gives me just enough space to stash important receipts, business cards, and other necessary papers all in one place.
leather + paper quality: i really like that the leather is thick, sturdily stitched, and nice to look at. good quality paper as well. best of all, i am noticeably more organized and more productive with this new planner system after only 5 weeks.
the verdict? my Filofax has become an indispensable everyday essential. if you're looking for a more 'agile' planner with excellent customizable features, i'd highly recommend it. yes, it is pricier than your typical bookbound or spiral-notebook organizer, but the innumerable benefits of a well organized life make it very much worth it.
P.S. Maja also wrote about her Filofax recently, and Angela at paper lovestory has some lovely posts about all things stationery.
do you use a digital or analog planner? what's your method for staying organized?