12 Jun 2014

my current binder set-up

I moved back into my Smythson halfway through the second term and it has taken me this long to figure out how to organise everything I need. Now that it is set-up properly, I thought I'd do a tour for you all :)


Upon opening it, you'll be greeted with a transparent flyleaf full of page markers. These page markers will be used during study when I encounter something I want to refer back to in a textbook or I may integrate them into my notes if there is something I need to go over again. There are also some dot stickers used to denote certain events in my diary.


Towards the front, I have important things I may need to refer back to from time to time. For example, the above is a page of quotes a doctor I once shadowed said to me before I commenced medical school. He was a brilliant doctor and definitely inspired me to want to do this course.


I also have some bus timetables - but they are only a rough guide as I find that buses can be ten minutes early or ten minutes late depending on the previous bus, traffic, etc. I tend to use a live bus arrivals app on my phone instead now and I check that before I leave the house. Because it takes me eight to ten minutes to walk to the bus stop; sometimes, I'll get there and the bus will be due to arrive way later than when I had tracked it at home. Annoying but that's London transport for you.


I am using a Filofax week-on-two-pages diary at the moment and it is of the white variety. I did consider splashing out for a competitor's diary but I didn't get round to it before 2014 arrived. I'm not as annoyed with the quality of the pages as I was the last time I used them back in 2010 but that may be because I've been using pens that aren't as absorbent (and thus, don't show through as much).


At the end of the diary pages is a list of books I've read so far this year. I'm a bit embarrassed about my list so far - but I've been so busy that reading is slower than it was last year and I barely find time to exercise as it is. To me, exercising is a priority over reading. Also, I've found it easy to start books but not so easy to finish them this year - maybe I'm just not reading the right books that draw me in and force me to keep reading?


I then have a load of to-do lists and within this is a survey record. I am still doing surveys and have opted to only do ones from 'invite-only' sites as their pay to survey time ratio is very good. Please don't ask me which sites these are - I'm not 100% that I am allowed to say and I'm sure you'll find some just by doing a simple Google search. Sorry!


Finally, right at the back are some note pages where I jot down random things or plan future events. Anything and everything may be written here.

I've really cut down on the things I have in my binder now and I feel that the stuff I have in it is enough for my day-to-day life. I only carry around what is necessary and if I find I haven't used something in it for a while, I'll take it out.

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  1. I loved the quotes given to you by the doctor. Very good advice. :)

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    1. He was a very wise consultant :) I hope I can be half as good a doctor as he was (he has since retired) x

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  2. Hello from a fellow paper-fanatic. I found your site after long failed searches for my absolute favorite journal, which has been discontinued. It is by Paperblanks, but none of their current versions hold a candle to the discontinued journal. I have looked everywhere, but I wonder if you could lend me a moment of your expertise. Assuming I'll never be able to find a supply of my fav, I need to find a similar replacement. Here is a link to the one I love: http://tinyurl.com/pao9og6 The stab-stitching is crucial, as well as the character of the paper. How would you go about finding a similar replacement?

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    1. Hi Casey, unfortunately, I have no idea. I guess my only advice would be to keep searching? Maybe you could ask on Twitter as someone might know of a suitable alternative that would appeal to you. Sorry I'm not much help x

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  3. Where did you get that cute pink marker/bookmark thing from? I love your set up.

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    1. Hi! A friend kindly gifted it to me :) x

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    2. It's ridiculously cute! :D

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  4. Hello! ^^ I love your blog (it's so nice to find fellow notebook/journal collectors online) <3

    May I ask how you put the inserts (quotes you found on Google/nice pictures) in your binder? I was wondering how you made the holes match the size needed (it seems exactly the same as the other pages of the binder). I'm afraid if I use a hole punch on stuff I wanna put on mine, it would be uneven or the hole might be too loose and my insert would sort be out of place? Could you share a tip on how you do it please? :D

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    1. Hi Shelly, I use a Filofax hole punch x

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