Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The Filofax: the perfect way to keep organised

In an age when more advanced mobile telephones can hold a diary and store a database of contacts, why should one use a paper-based system like a Filofax? Good question. Yet enthusiasts for the Filofax appreciate the way it combines both form and function. It looks great and it’s better at the task than anything else.

Its leather outside is attractive, its paper inside lets you scribble notes without needing to do any double clicking, and the thing does not crash. It has space to store some stamps and lets you store thoughts and to-do lists without the hassle on typing on a numeric keypad or with a tedious stylus. Conversely, the mobile phone diary has an in-built design flaw: it is impractical to check the diary, or jot down a new phone number, when the phone is to the ear. With a Filofax, one can hold the phone to the left ear, hold a fountain pen in the right hand, and have the Filofax on the lap or on a table. It provides a much more civilised experience.

For most, the “personal”-sized Filofax is best because it will easily fit in the pocket of a Barbour and in your briefcase. Bigger sizes are fine but less portable. Also, have a look at the extra inserts that are available such as the London street map and tube map.


At 11:16 am, Blogger Perry de Havilland said...

More importantly, a Filofax will not have its data unexpectedly get 'corrupted' (unless you drop it in a river, of course).

At 10:27 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice content, but I find that the form fails to tally with the function in this case. You can be saved by the company you keep: Perry is man of taste with his own wordpress installation, registered domain and expensive French theme. You should exchange notes.

At 7:16 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had Filofax pages for over 10 years that I have kept. I have no, none, nada electronic data that has last that long. I have people write thier name and adress in my Filofax which gives it a person touch. I never have to worry about bring or forgeting a charger when I travel and no adaptors when I go to europe.

At 3:30 am, Anonymous NL said...

You mention using a fountain pen with your Filofax: do you find that the paper holds the ink well? I've had bad experiences with organizer leafs, which tend to be much thinner than normal pages.

At 3:58 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait to own my first Filofax!! I am so tired of using my phone as a diary/notebook. It is so much easier on the eyes to look at everything on paper than it is on a mobile screen and having to click and drag around to get a decent full view. The Heritage story on the official website is actually quite interesting.

At 11:09 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm nearly certain the average age of the discerning gentlemen, posting within this thread is 40. I myself am a 28 yr old gent.

The complaints about the multi-purpose mobile device, is absurd. If you brought a high end, quality device. You would have none of the problems posted within this thread. You would most probably improve your fuctionality, integrating and using to it's fullest capacity the 'smart' phone's intelligent functions.

Improving your fuctionality, while having a device that incorperates many other functions; the most savvy of which; 'mobile' Internet access. Were gentlemen not trend setters, so leave your 80's retro organizer at home.

I'm not going to be crass and suggest devices, look online or go into a phone shop and ask what they recommend.


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