Throughout all the madness in this crazy world of ours, I somehow managed to lighten my load and ease my mind with what most people today would consider a basic form of 20th century insignificance – the Filofax! Yes, the dying, archaic organiser that was once so popular particularly with professional middle class yuppies. I, on the other hand, being a non-believer in labels, just happen to love stationary of any description. The only predicament is that I am also a lover of gadgets and all manner of technology.
For the past 10 years, however, I have been joyfully happy organising my life utilising my “i” gadgets and I must admit to my greed as I use many of the enticing apps that are available, whether free or at a price. At present these awesome apps are blowing out my 64GB mobile! My favourite app at the moment is ‘One Note’ by Microsoft and if you are anything like me, you could spend an entire day just ‘organising’! It is brilliantly therapeutic – until of course you realise that you’ve spent an entire day ‘planning’ and not actually ‘doing’ anything! You’ll now have to play catch up knowing that you have made a complete hash of your well-intended task of ‘organising’ your life in the hope that you could become maybe a little more productive! Well, I guess there’s always tomorrow, but for today the question is, could we be better organised using gadgets or a Filofax?
Coincidentally, on a recent search of YouTube I came across a very interesting lady who has the same passion for stationary, paper diaries and organisers as I do! I had just finished watching a tutorial on HTML and coding as I had been painfully trying to find the ‘How to’ add Twitter and Facebook code to the bottom of my post, when this video auto started! I was about to quit, but found her shy fortitude intriguing. Alexis aka Miss Trenchcoat’s subject was Instagram and I found her to be mighty well informed and funny! Of course being ‘Inspector Clouseau’ in disguise I decided to follow up and checkout her website to investigate further. Her site is clear and to the point, nicely laid out and easy to follow! She had everything in place on her site that I have been trying to set up on my own. Did it bother me that she is a young thing who seems to know it all? NO, not at all! I totally love any woman who knows it all. But it wasn’t just the layout of her site that thrilled me, but the content.
On the right side-panel there was an image that grabbed my attention – it was a picture of a beautiful gold / pink personal organiser. I fell in love and decided that I had to have one of my own. I suddenly felt the urge to write and scribble, I became nostalgic and it sent me back 10 years to the days when all I ever used to organise my day and chaotic life was a Filofax or ten! Ownership was a must, though I was unsure of the make of Alexis’. I myself opted for the Filofax Limited Edition Saffiano Personal Organiser and I can tell you that I haven’t stopped writing and scribbling since. I take it everywhere, far safer in the bathroom, and I am so glad to have been reunited with such a beautiful piece of 20th century stationary!
Conclusion: Personally I feel you can’t have one without the other though with a Filofax note taking is more immediate, you can rip off paper and share with others and above all you don’t require a working ‘network’ to access notes and diaries.
Facts – Did you know that:
- The origins of Filofax go back to the 1st World War?
- The Filofax is a UK-based company which was founded in London in 1921
- The original design was created by a company in Philadelphia
- The name is an abbreviation of the phrase “file of facts”
- In 1987 the company had a retail network of 1250 outlets in the UK
- In 2014 Filofax and Charles Letts & Co become one entity under a new company name, FLB Group Ltd.