As much as I’d love to be the kind of modern woman who can organize her entire life in her iPhone, I just can’t do it. I like my organization old-school: a classic day planner is my lifeline to my schedule, to-do lists, notes, and overall sanity. If I don’t physically write things down, they’re good as forgotten, and I like having everything in one convenient and portable place (otherwise, I’ll just scratch notes on old receipts and drink napkins and lose them forever in the detritus at the bottom of my handbag).
After trying many planners over the years, I found that the best options for me are customizable binder systems with a variety of separately-purchased inserts. This way I can buy exactly what I need, skip the extras I don’t — lookin’ at you, address book pages — and create my own tabs to build an organization system that’s perfect for me.
I typically purchase planners between July and August — at 31 I still miss back-to-school shopping and this time of year always feels like a fresh start — and this year I invested in a leather Filofax A5 Personal Organizer in Patent Nude. Now my organization game feels all grown up and fancy.
Filofax offers a range of binder sizes, from pocket-sized to portfolios. I went with the A5 because I have a lot of junk to keep track of; I wanted to have plenty of room for scheduling and writing, and also let it double as a bullet journal.
The quality leather binder is durable and the perfect size to carry around in a tote bag or backpack. I stash a few business cards in the credit card slot, keep a pretty Rifle Paper notebook in the pocket for all my wedding notes, and clip important things I don’t want to forget right to the front with a giant gold paperclip; i.e. bank deposits, bills that are due, and flower/supply lists.
I really like the Filofax Personal Lined Week On 2 Pages Diary Inserts: there’s plenty of room to schedule your days and jot down notes, and it’s really convenient to have the entire week at a glance. I use the Filofax To Do List sheets to manage tasks, and already bought an extra pack so I don’t run out. (There are few things I love in life as much as to-do lists.)