Planner Fail & Filofaxes

So, believe it or not, I think I’m in PLANNER FAIL!!! GASP!!!  I know that several of my Filofax friends on Philofaxy and other places have experienced the same thing.  I started really thinking about the fact that I’m in planner fail yesterday after I filmed my Filofax Organization Tote video.  I have spent so much time buying stickers, tape, inserts, dividers, and other stuff, that I have actually neglected my Filofax and really have no idea what I’m really using it for.  I watch Filofax videos quite a bit, and I am always on Instagram and Flickr looking at everyone else’s set up.  But I really don’t give much thought to my own set up and how it should be so that it really works for me.  I looked at my calendar and found out that I don’t really have a clue what I really want to use it for.  I write down random things that when I look back make no sense.  I desperately want to use my Filofaxes, which should be evident by the amount of them I own and keep buying…So, I thought about a post on Imysworld that I read a while back about the Filofax Circle of Life.  I thought, well, that’s a good place to start.  According to the ever-wise Imy, there are five stages to this circle of life:  (1) Baby Filofaxer, (2) Young Filofaxer, (3) Middle Age Filofaxer, (4) Mid-life Filofax Crisis, and (5) Mature Filofaxer.  So, I looked again at these stages to see where I stood in the Filofax Circle of Life.  I have decided that I am somewhere in a mix of Middle Age Filofaxer to Mid-life Filofax Crisis.  Why did I pick these?  Let me explain…I genuinely LOVE Filofaxes, I really do.  Even with all the ring issues and other Filofax problems, I really do love the Filofax lines and the binders and accessories.  And I love to be organized, but it seems that recently I’m so disorganized I don’t know what to do.  I’ve owned two (very expensive) Franklin Covey binders and several other cheaper binders in my time, and none really compare to the love I have for Filofaxes, but alas, I still can’t seem to find my groove with them.  I enjoy blogging about them and making videos and such and I love having one with me all the time.  But I can’t seem to find my true reason for using one.  I’m no longer in the administrative position I had at my job (really long story that I won’t get in to) so I don’t have appointments.  I never think to write down the fun things or not so fun things that happen in life randomly in my binder.  I keep buying journaling cards, sticky notes, washi tape, stickers, and the like to decorate and use in my binder, but I can’t seem to find the perfect way to use them.  I also keep buying Filofaxes, and if you are a Filofaxer, you know this is not a cheap hobby.  I have over 20.  Yep, over 20 Filofaxes.  Do I use them all?  Nope.  But I have managed to sell a few, but that only funded other Filofax purchases.  So what’s a girl to do?

I’ve decided that I’m going to sit for a few days and “research” exactly what I need a Filofax for.  Appointments? Family stuff? Journaling? What?  As I always do, I’ll be present on YouTube, blogs, Philofaxy, Facebook, Flickr, etc. looking at everyone else’s setups, uses, and Filofaxes, but I’m going to sort of sit and see…How do these folks use theirs and what do I really need mine for?  I’m hoping to also put a few ideas down on paper and brainstorm to see what I really need a Filofax for and what I like and don’t like to use them for and what I like and don’t like to keep inside mine.  I’m hoping I get a jolt of inspiration that leads me to a whole new way of Filofaxing, and if that happens, I’ll definitely share here and on YouTube!  Thanks for listening and if any of you are in planner fail, I can totally sympathize!  Happy Filofaxing!