As most of you will know by now, my main Filofax in use was The Affair by Temperley for Filofax (until it's unfortunate demise, sob sob). The Affair isn't strictly a personal size Filofax, nor is it an A5 although the size does appear to be so - but more like a Compact-cum-A5 Flex.
Anyway, having used this for round about two months now, I've found it more of a relief than the Personal Finchley I had been using before. Yes, the rings are smaller, yes there are slots for Flex notebooks but I find the smaller rings liberating!
It's very tempting to cram a Filofax's rings to as full as possible - to lug around a whole 365 days' worth of diary pages, a whole load of blank lined inserts in case you needed to jot something down and also a load of reference sheets loaded with information you deem important and necessary to daily function. But do you really need those pages? The only reference pages I carry are the ones of my medical information such as my GP, his telephone number and my UCAS information - which is actually now defunct as my UCAS cycle has now ended and so I will be removing this in the next few weeks.
And did I really need the next 365 days in my Filofax? As it turns out, no, I didn't really - all I needed was really about three or four months from the current date in there. Any dates that came up after that could be written on a small post-it as these were few and far between for me. Obviously, I know this won't work for everyone but for me, this was another way to cut down what was in my rings in my Affair.
Finally, thoes blank pieces of paper. With a Flex notebook slot, I really didn't need these. I found that I usually used the blank paper for my 'Thriving on Less' minimalism project but this could all be moved to my Flex notebook instead.
Because I lightened the load of my Filofax considerably with the weight mainly dependant on what thickness Flex notebook I had in the Flex slot, I found that the weight of my bag also decreased; not to mention the fact that this helps me on my quest to be a minimalist. Next up - my bedroom and study area!
But now that I no longer have the Affair, I have to look for an alternative and at the moment, that is the Compact Osterley. And because the inserts are of the personal size, I don't have to invest in any new ones, winner! I'm also hoping that new Compact sized Filofaxes will be released in the near future
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Next step? To downsize even further to a Slimline!
Nahhh, just kidding. Downsizing into a compact was hard enough for me! (And it only made me even thirstier for a Compact but none of the current ones do it for me, unfortunately.)