Save the date!

Wonderful guys & gals: take out your planners, your favourite writing gear (and some financial paper to start saving up for it!):

FILOFAX & GILLIO MEETUP WEEKEND

in ANTWERP, BELGIUM

from Friday, November 29th ’till Sunday, December 1st.

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I’m still in the middle of all of the arrangements, but we will be entertaining ourselves with following activities:

Friday: evening dinner in the wonderful center of Antwerp, some drinks and sightseeing, AND some special guests…!

Saturday: put on your most comfy shoes for some serious SHOPPING throughout Antwerp & Wijnegem Shopping Center (home of… GOLDPEN by Gillio, of course!)

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Lunch & dinner I’m still organising… Depending on how many of you are joining us 🙂

There will be plenty of time to talk, eat and drink, get to know eachother and exchange ideas!

On Sunday, shops are closed here (yes, I know, absolutely terrible!) but depending on the people that are still here on Sunday, I have some activities planned you will read more about in future posts! (Arrangement still to be made…)

If all else fails, there will be plenty of time to discover the city of Antwerp, the harbour, the old center, the wonderful museums, etc.

Hotel arrangements: there are plenty of small hotels and B&B’s in Antwerp, but in my experience, good value for money is IBIS Antwerpen Centrum, where you can stay two nights as from €130. If you share a room that would only be about €65 for each person… A bargain, right? 😉

Transport: Antwerp Central Station is easiest by train; if you are flying in, you can fly to Brussels (Zaventem), Charleroi, and even Eindhoven (the Netherlands) which is only an hour from Antwerp. Check what the cheapest flights are, and let me know, I might be able to pick you up at the airport!

 

Now. Who’s with me?

 

 

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To Do lists vs. Ta Da lists

There has been quite some conversation going on in the new ‘Filo Focus’ group, and amongst other things we were talking about ‘hacks’ to keep your attention on your tasks and projects. I’m a classic case of non-DX’ed ADD (which gets A LOT better with taking omega 3-6-9 capsules… but only IF I DON’T FORGET TAKING THEM :p) so my life is based on To Do lists. If I don’t write it down, it doesn’t get done. The Post-It industry has profited a lot from my purchases over the last couple of years.

But, as I discovered many of you have experienced, I sometimes just can’t seem to start. I’ll be at home with a looong to do list but I get anxious at seeing all of those unfinished tasks (sometimes several pages, if I go all GTD and clear my hear on paper) and I just get, well, overwhelmed. At the end of the day I won’t have anything done.

At work, this happens to me too, sometimes. Luckily I have short deadlines (I work SO good under deadlines) and I get everything done just fine, but beginning, or planning my day, seems to be a struggle over and over again. I had two weeks off from work, at home with my son, and used that time to think things through before going back to work tomorrow.

So! I had to think of solutions. I started by analysing my problem. It all comes down to:

– being overwhelmed when seeing a large list of tasks, and not starting anything

– having the attention span of a mosquito

– feeling inadequate when I haven’t crossed EVERYTHING off in the evening, aka setting too high standards for myself

– loosing track of time

What have I tried the last week? Writing Ta Da lists next to my To Do lists.

Ta Da lists are a concept I use from the Flylady system. It’s a list of accomplishments. It really gets me motivated to see my Ta Da list in the evening and being happy with everything I’ve done. I still use my master To Do lists (in my A5 for work and in my Personal for, well, personal :p) but I write a task on my Ta Da list everytimes it is finished.

I started doing that at work a couple of weeks ago, on my Time Management inserts in my A5 Gillio planner: I write down what I’ve done, on what day, and what category it belongs to. That way I can see what project takes up most of my time.

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That was working out great, so I’m now making Ta Da lists in my Filofax at home as well.

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I also use a timer set to 15 minutes, because if I enter the bathroom to do some laundry, you can be sure I will discover something else that grabs my attention either on the way to the bathroom, or inside the bathroom. Like the shoe rack in the hall that could use some organisation or my ever growing stock of cosmetics that need re-arranging. The timer reminds me I was actually there for something else 😉

I can afterwards put this Ta Da list next to my master To Do list and cross off what has been done. The satisfaction of filling this little post-it is great, it encourages me not to leave it empty, and I try not to overthink: if I did it, it goes on the list. Not debating with myself over ‘is that really an accomplishment, taking out the trash?’. Yes. It goes on the list.

And I keep them in my planner for some days because I like how it reminds me I’m on track 🙂

Does anybody have other hacks to share?

Damn you, Gillio! ;-) More stuff to review (1)

The ever so kind people at Gillio must, by now, know my weakness for whatever beautiful leather goods hold their name. I live way to close to Wijnegem Shopping Center and they make their displays so beautifully attractive, it’s a surprise I haven’t taken out an extra mortgage out on my appartment to empty their stock!

Luckily, they are a big bunch of enablers (takes one to know one…) and they provided me with a lovely selection of OTHER leather goods (not planners) to review.

I promise to make a YT video as well, but for now I’m still in holiday, its 32° in here and my son does NOT want to sit inside and watch mommy make video’s, he wants to go outside, to the beach, the playground and the pool. Who can blame him.

So! Enabling, chapter 459.

Three wonderful products in my possesion to review today.

First of all: a small key pouch.

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I am a classic case of ADD sometimes, I have the attention span of a mosquito and I put my stuff in super obvious places which I then immediately forget. I couldn’t find my EDC items in the morning if it could save my life. On more then one occasion have I locked myself out of my appartment because my keys were AGAIN left on the inside of the door.

I decided to keep a spare set of keys in my purse-of-the-moment. I just have to protect myself against my own stupidity sometimes.

But keeping keys in your purse inclines they may cause damage to your other stuff in there – the screen of your phone, or -god forbid!- the beautiful leather planner(s) you keep in there.

This pretty little thing (going on the wishlist!!) will keep my keys from scratching anything, while making them super easy to find in the Mary Poppins-style bags I carry around.

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Next (all beautifully boxed and protected by either cloth or a dustbag, depending on the item) is…

The wallet!

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Now, I carry a pocket Gillio planner as a wallet, but this baby is trying to lure me over to the dark side. I’m just a big fan of the croco, but this wallet obviously comes in different colours, both in Croco and Epoca leather. It has a beautifully classic, almost minimalistic design, that focusses on portability and practicality. I think it is beautiful and would love to get one in pink croco! Going on the wishlist… Oh dear.

On the inside, you will find ten card slots (more than I need!) and two seperate compartments for paper money and receipts. This is what’s interesting for me: the two big compartments. I like to keep grocery cash seperate from shopping cash. This would do the trick!

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It also has a very large coin pocket, which closes with a popper button. It’s big enough to hold credit cards as well – I usually keep my coins in a seperate coin purse so I might keep my most used credit cards in here, for example.

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And, last but certainly not least… Tom knows me too well. Saving up for this baby!

The large wallet…

Why, oh why, dear Tom, did you give me the grey croco one. Why. You KNOW that that is my weakness. Sigh.

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This large wallet is roughly the same size as my Vuitton zippy wallet, although this one is more ‘slim’ in size. Not too big or bulky at all.

There is an easy-access compartment in front of the wallet – perfect for your parking ticket or something else you would need to take out frequently.

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On the inside, you will find a zipped coin compartment in the middle of the wallet, and 4 credit card slots on either side, as well as a full-length compartment on either side.IMG_0456  IMG_0459

It is a true piece of beauty and like the other items, is available in different kinds of leather and different colours.

Still to come: HANDBAGS! PURSES! BAGS!

Go bury your credit cards, ladies…

 

 

Filofax Deco in Ivory

Beginning of this year, I stepped into Goldpen here in Wijnegem Shopping Center with my mom and asked the nice man there (aka Tom of Gillio) if they sold Deco’s. He totally lured me over to the dark side and Gillio-mania began, but I still wanted the Deco to serve as my diary, journal and on-the-go planner.

Last week, the wonderful Nati Zou sent me her personal sized Deco in Ivory after I’d been looking for one for quite a while. Here are some up close & personal (pun intended) pictures of the newest addition to my collection… I’m becoming quite the collector, although I’ve always screamed being a one-planner-girl… I guess that’s the influence Philofaxy-people are having on me! 🙂

As I still had the Croco Grey Compagna (before sending it out to the winner of my giveaway on YouTube), I thought I’d include some pictures comparing the two as they look a lot alike.

Picture heavy post!

First of all: here she is, my beautiful Deco. I’ve never been any good at naming my planners so I won’t 😉

It arrived in perfect condition with perfect rings, thanks Nati…

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The inside is lined with beautiful cream-coloured suède. It has one pen loop on the left but being right-handed, that’s not really a practical place for it to be – for me.

I keep my Swarovski pen in there but I usually carry a little pen bag around with Frixions so I only use it to scribble something on my post-it dashboard.

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On the left there are several credit card pockets, one large pocket and a zipped compartment, which is quite stiff – not suited for use as a wallet, I think. It would take me too long to get any cash out.

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The planner came stuffed with beautiful cotton cream inserts – I’ve never had these before but they are stunning, and so much easier to write on then the plain white ones… I wonder if they come in A5 too?

There is To Do-paper:

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Ruled note paper (ideal for journalling, with the little box at the top of the papers to write the date!)

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Plain note paper, more journalling-ideas coming up…

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Mileage-log paper (never seen those before!):

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And tabbed telephone papers – I think I might store some internet password clues in there.

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In the back, there is one large pocket, envelope-style, with a popper button. I’m storing keepsakes in there (cards, movie tickets, …)

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It’s also made of this wonderfully soft suède material, love how the colour slightly changes when you rub it!

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And finally, compared to the Gillio Medium Compagna in Croco Grey.

As you see, the colour is almost identical, I’d say the Deco has a more yellow-ish tone of beige then the Gillio.

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The strap of the Gillio is a lot wider (and the pen loop is on the correct side!), but… The Deco has that gorgeous lock!

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The Gillio has slightly larger rings, but I’m pleasantly surprised at how much the Deco can hold!

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By now, the Deco has been set up (more details on that later…) and the Gillio has been kissed, cuddled and sent off to a better home after my YouTube giveaway!

Any other Deco lovers out there?

 

 

You guys are everywhere!

I knew there were FiloFanatics all over the world, but this is just crazy. Sorry for the long post but… This is cool 😉

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Gillio Giveaway: contestants!

Wow, wow. Just… wow.

I did a video on YT announcing the giveaway of my Medium Compagna in Croco Grey, as you might have seen, and yesterday the final contestants sent me the links to their videos. The contest is now officially CLOSED!

You guys have been SO creative and inspiring, thank you for all of the effort put into this contest. I loved watching all of the videos and hearing all your creative ideas on the “ideal” GIllio planner.

I will announce the winner within the week, but I need to talk to the peeps at Gillio and see what they thought, plus some other ‘independant’ judges (my best friends!). But here are all the responses I received, for you to sit back and enjoy, and be inspired.

Please let me know if I forgot anyone, there were some problems with some of the video’s apparently…

Competing to win the Medium Compagna:

SecretAgentBover: www.youtube.com/watch?v=djuKUIKD2T­Y

Melanie0936: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpQr4aQsGp­s

BookRaterTV: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EifF4PnaLG­s

Amyandian2011: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYRmuwP5of­Y

TheLittleInk:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjuiBxB0Qx­M

Mysummertouch: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAbrwqLTjnY

Charlotte P: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTRjhjGf_GM

ValsPrettyGlam: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLH0E41G_A9aLkUnJZ5-S8HR0V8uF4S8ym

WhirlyBlossom: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFFs7Lv0d3­Q.

Soffr82: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDfLHJyVPt­M

Fluffycatsdad: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWUAX3gS7FY

Nongluckmanow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHd1-5LalcI

Good luck guys!

Jonesing for the Deco

I’m sure all of you FF lovers out there will understand me. Sometimes, out of nowhere, a sudden urge emerges. A want, a need, a craving, a desire, whatever you want to call it: you suddenly feel that you *must* have something. In our cases, mostly a specific type of planner, whether it be a size you don’t have yet, a colour you fell in love with (Aqua Malden anyone?), or just some crazy Belgian chick showing you Gillio goodies online (sorry!). But that feeling emerges out of nowhere and takes over your mind completely.

When that happens to me, I can usually satisfy the sensation by overgoogling the specific item, watching YouTube videos, reading online reviews and then going to bed. The next days are then crucial in the process: were my itches scratched with all of the googling and YouTubing, or has that only ignited a bigger flame?

In the first case, I’m happy I didn’t act in the moment and have not ordered it right away. Because in this ‘I WANT’ buzz, you are sure to get buyer’s remorse if you don’t think it through. Money does not grow on trees so if you are watching your budget like me, you don’t want to spend the money you saved for Happy Shopping on something you’ll regret buying later.

But in the second case, after hours of googling, pinteresting, instagramming and iWanting, you decide to get it. New, second-hand, swap, whatever. I was very lucky yesterday that after jonesing the Personal Deco for several months (interrupted by the whole Gillio craze) I decided yesterday that I wanted to get it after all. Not as a planner, because personal size does NOT work for me, but as a journal. My gorgeous A5 green Gillio Amica is superstuffed with life and work, but has no room left for journaling, storing keepsakes, drawing and collecting memories. And in my mind, a journal has a very big lock/clasp 😉

So after googling and annoying you guys with my ranting that I wanted, no NEEDED to find a Personal Deco (in whatever colour but preferable Ivory), the lovely Nati Zou messaged me that she would sell me hers. It should be here beginning of next week, so my vacation can start with some lovely crafty journaling!

And if you don’t know what all the fuss is about, check out these beautiful pictures from Laurie! http://www.flickr.com/photos/plannerisms/sets/72157622672507897/