As I like to say, “I’m an A5 girl all the way.” I tried the Personal size twice. The first Filofax I purchased was a Panama on clearance at a stationary store in SoCal. I love the cotton cream, but the Panama was too precious to carry around. The size is too restrictive when I use my calendar to track my family’s schedule. In fact, I have been using a separate monthly calendar for a while now. Even the A5 gets crowded when I track my family’s activities and appointments along with my work. The separate calendar works nicely in conjunction with my A5 because when I don’t feel like hauling my A5 to a particular event, I can just bring the monthly calendar…and if I want to bring both, it doesn’t make it too bulky.
However, I have been tempted by the cotton cream lately. Since my A5 is a reference binder in many ways, I could use it more as a desk planner if I wanted. I decided to give the Personal size one more try. Maybe if I use a piece of notepaper in between the first and second half of my week on 2 pages, I could fit in “to-dos” that I like to see.
Here was my attempt:
I added only events and time-specific to-dos on the weekly pages, while other to-dos went on the notepaper. I used my monthly calendar to pull events, but I only included kids’ events if they affected my schedule or were particularly noteworthy.
I’m not sure I am comfortable with this layout, but I’m going to try it for two weeks to see if it grows on me. The paper is definitely appealing. I still feel restricted by the box size, especially given writing near the rings. I will transfer it over to my other Personal Filofax, however, which is the more practical Orchid Aston. I can see the advantage of being able to carry the personal around, and I would continue with my separate monthly calendar.