I hope you have all had a wonderful week! I have been meaning to post about my other work filofax, my red pocket Butterfly for a while now and I apologise for only just getting around to doing it. Initially I had bought the Metropol pocket for this purpose as I didnt want to carry around my lovely Adelphi (see here) when I was attending meetings away from my office base, conferences, workshops or tutorials. However the fact that it was not leather annoyed me as I didnt think it looked professional enough (DH says I am such a snob). Also, the choice of raspberry was probably not the best for projecting seriousness! Anyways you will be happy to know that I have found another use for my Metropol so it wont be wasted. I will use it as an inspiration filofax and will definitely feature it at some point :-)
So back to the Butterfly filofax. This planner comes in just two colours red and pewter. I wasnt sure about the pewter so I went for the red on eBay and it was a steal at £24.99. It only came with a 2010 diary so I had to poach the one from the Metropol (I replaced the one in the Metropol with a pink week on 2 pages). I really like the raised butterfly design and actually when you order you never quite know where the butterfly motif will be placed. I was happy that mine was actually centrally positioned. It is made of Italian leather which is soft (but not as soft as the Chameleon previously described here) and I think it is a nice mix of girly and professionalism! It does not lie flat when opened but it does not close either so overall it works out ok.
The Butterfly has a nearly identical set up to my Adelphi. Here are some pics.....
Inside the front cover I keep the most recent train times for easy reference. I also have the assorted sticky notes from filofax.
This is a close up view of the sections which are
Diary (a week on 2 pages, my preferred diary format),
Notes (where I keep my log on details and some important phone numbers),
Information (which holds my travel list on to-do pages- this is extremely handy for conferences as I like to travel light and dont want to forget something like underwear or toothpaste! Trust me this has happened before. Sometimes you burn to learn),
Financial (where I jot down costs of train tickets, meals etc) and
Addresses (only important ones are kept here).
There is also a
STU index- which keeps my London Underground Map
VWX index- which holds my World Map
YZ index which holds my Map of the British Isles. I wasnt born in the UK and although I have lived here for 7 years my knowledge of geography here is still rather poor. Whenever I go somewhere new I find it on this map.
|London Underground Map|
|British Isles Map and back zipped pocket|
|Exterior width pocket|
I really love the exterior width pocket as it is so useful. I hold conference agendas here as well as maps that I have printed with directions from Google Maps. I would love to know which other filos came with this exterior pocket. Can anyone help?
|Closed back view with bits of the butterfly motif.|
So that is how I use my work/travel filofax. The pocket size makes it much more portable than the Adelphi when I am on the move. Also it means that there is usually more space in my bag to hold my iPad (described here and here). So why dont I just stick with the pocket for everything work related? Simply because I need a bigger space to write down everything about my appointments, and I have quite large handwriting. Also I jot down reminders and deadlines as well in my Adelphi and the pocket size is just too small for all of this. The Adelphi is more substantial and I guess it makes me feel more important! It is useful to have both and the set up works very well as it is quite easy to keep them both up to date! So I have never had a planner fail.
How do you use your pocket filofaxes? Is the pocket your favourite size? Have a lovely weekend :-)
Update 31/10/10 Yvotchka has posted on her pewter pocket Butterfly filofax see here.