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Does anybody still use a Filofax?

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At a recent district society meeting i realised that i was the only one there with a filofax ( albeit a non branded old one).
Some people had their mobile phones positioned dead centre on their desk.
Others just had legal pads. There was no one with a tablet.

And probably the majority were scribbling on the sheets handed out by the presenter. But i was definitely the only person  with a filofax.

Is this normal now? When did it drop out of favour and what do you use to replace it?

I know i am way behind the times and don't often pay much attention to what other people do.

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By Kirkers
22nd Aug 2014 12:24

I'm not sure when it stopped being the norm but I'm 21 and my Filofax goes everywhere with me.

I literally think I'd stop functioning!

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By johngroganjga
22nd Aug 2014 12:24

Electronic

It's alI gone electronic. I have not used a paper diary for well over ten years.

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By rjoconnor81
22nd Aug 2014 12:25

I still use a filofax, can't rely on good signal where I am.  

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By johngroganjga
22nd Aug 2014 12:55

Good signal?

You don't need a good signal to keep your diary electronically, but of course it won't sync with other devices until you have one (or it is wirelessly connected).

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By annettedwyer
22nd Aug 2014 12:45

Birthday request!!

My soon to be 20 year old daughter has requested a filofax for her birthday tomorrow. She spends all her spare time using her various technology but now that she has started work feels she needs to be able to jot things down so I'd say they're not out of favour at all. For me I actually use both but if it's not in my paper diary it's not happening!!

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By cparker87
22nd Aug 2014 12:50

?

What is a Filofax?

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By johngroganjga
22nd Aug 2014 12:54

I accept that for jotting things down paper is still good. But I am baffled as to why anyone wants to use a paper diary in this day and age.

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By PETER FRENCH CTA
23rd Aug 2014 03:43

WHY? johngroganjga

You have obviously never had an electronic medium that has dropped its guts and then bitten you on the bum[***]!

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By The Innkeeper
22nd Aug 2014 13:05

Mrs Innkeeper

still uses a Filofax and cannot be separated from it. I have threatened to hide it but when told the consequences of such action I chickened out!

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By Cathy R
22nd Aug 2014 13:40

Filofax for me!

I still use a filofax, an electronic diary is just not the same as being able to flick through pages and scribble things down.

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By Michael Harle
22nd Aug 2014 13:51

No Filofax

I don't have a Filofax but I do have a leather bound A5 notebook that I take to every meeting with me.

It may be old school but it works and doesn't crash every 5 minutes!

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By mrme89
22nd Aug 2014 14:12

I have a Filofax, along with 2 cups with string, an abacus and a typewriter.

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By Kirkers
22nd Aug 2014 14:52

lol

mrme89 wrote:

I have a Filofax, along with 2 cups with string, an abacus and a typewriter.

I resent that John.

My Filofax is my pride and joy haha

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By mrme89
22nd Aug 2014 14:55

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Kirkers wrote:

mrme89 wrote:

I have a Filofax, along with 2 cups with string, an abacus and a typewriter.

I resent that John.

My Filofax is my pride and joy haha

 

It wasn't sarcasm - and I wouldn't be anywhere without Frank, my trusted carrier pigeon.

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By The Innkeeper
22nd Aug 2014 14:13

@mrme89

Wow ! You are advanced I am still using a quill pen!

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By abaco
24th Aug 2014 15:36

What's a pen?

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By Old Greying Accountant
22nd Aug 2014 14:21

I have an A5 filofax ....

... I use it for my poems mainly, for scribbling down the ideas and then storing the printed out finished versions, and also my favoutite poems of others in the a-z section - the diary section was long since binned but the tube map can be useful.

I take it to seminars and courses to take notes, and if I get bored I can jot some ideas down or just browse some of my favoutite poems.

The elecronic age was liberating for me, I have never got on with a paper diay, I would write things in it and never look at it again, or if i did I could never read my scrawl. So much better with a device that sounds an alarm when it is time to do something or be somewhere.

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By pr27
22nd Aug 2014 15:08

Just remember the golden rule: The fatter your filofax, the more important you are.

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By chatman
22nd Aug 2014 15:24

Pen and paper are good, but electronic has too many other +s

I am sure things stick in my head better if I write them on paper. Also, it is easier to draw arrows, boxes, bubbles etc on paper and it is easier to flick through a paper notebook than an electronic one. Having said that, I have moved over to electronic note taking for reasons of back-up, accessibility, legibility, word search and weight in my pocket.

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By carnmores
22nd Aug 2014 21:37

OMG
The luddites are back

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By James420
23rd Aug 2014 00:08

*^%!*+!!

where am I?

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By johngroganjga
23rd Aug 2014 13:30

No I haven't. But in these days of the Cloud it's not as fatal as losing, mislaying or forgetting a paper diary, as the electronic one will be synced all over the place simultaneously and can be accessed and updated from anywhere by anyone at any time.

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By sharonm1
26th Aug 2014 10:44

Filofax

I can affirm that Filofaxes are alive and well. Check out the whole community at Philofaxy!

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By Rebecca Cave
26th Aug 2014 10:52

Daytimer

I use a Daytimer filofax - desk version. Its my todo list and diary, plus somewhere to write notes of phonecalls. I like the physical act of crossing-off tasks completed. its doesn't fee l the same to cross things off an electronic list

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By RG
27th Aug 2014 14:43

Daytimer

taxwriter wrote:

I use a Daytimer filofax - desk version. Its my todo list and diary, plus somewhere to write notes of phonecalls. I like the physical act of crossing-off tasks completed. its doesn't fee l the same to cross things off an electronic list

Daytime desk for me too! I want to see my ticked-off lists, and also be able to find when they happened. For me it's the same as comparing a book or a Kindle, I don't really enjoy reading my Kindle. Also I find that the act of physically writing on a page makes items more memorable and more easily findable later.

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By kat09mart
26th Aug 2014 15:51

I stopped using one...now I am going back

Yes technology is great but I ditched my Filofax when I got my Tablet, when that ceased to function correctly I was left floundering all my notes were unobtainable and as for historic birthday information of all my friends and family besides going through my Facebook list this is has also gone

Technology is great for as long as it works well but sometimes good old fashioned pen and paper is the way to go

Oh and I am 28 in case you were wondering and up until 2 years ago my filofax had been my best friend I should never of turned my back on it

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By johngroganjga
26th Aug 2014 16:07

Syncing

kat09mart wrote:

Yes technology is great but I ditched my Filofax when I got my Tablet, when that ceased to function correctly I was left floundering all my notes were unobtainable and as for historic birthday information of all my friends and family besides going through my Facebook list this is has also gone

Technology is great for as long as it works well but sometimes good old fashioned pen and paper is the way to go

Oh and I am 28 in case you were wondering and up until 2 years ago my filofax had been my best friend I should never of turned my back on it


 

You have my sympathy but with respect you can't have been set up correctly.  If you had been all your data would have been in the Cloud and when one device let down you would still have had all your data available.

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By kat09mart
26th Aug 2014 16:45

in the Cloud

A very good point and I cannot deny the truth, it does somewhat go over my head, I tried it and failed.....

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By The Innkeeper
26th Aug 2014 16:57

Whenever I need a wet signature

on a document I use a fountain pen. So much classier than a biro.

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By MSD1968
27th Aug 2014 07:38

A4 Filofax

The Innkeeper wrote:

on a document I use a fountain pen. So much classier than a biro.

I had an A4 Filofax about 15 years ago which was great. Now I use all manner of electronic gizmos to run my life and practice but still take meeting notes (on good quality heavy paper such as Rhodia) and sign letters with a fountain pen. Notes are in purple ink and letters/reports are signed in black ink. These are then (eventually) scanned into Evernote/Google Drive for retention and indexing. Perhaps silly and I could use a Lightscribe but I enjoy writing with a lovely fountain pen on quality paper. I am 46 (and a half) years old.

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By cfield
27th Aug 2014 12:10

When Del Boy got one

I think Filofaxes started going out when Del Boy got one in Only Fools and Horses (the episode where he fell through the bar).

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By paulfieldcrest
27th Aug 2014 13:06

Filofax - Smilofax

My pocket-sized Filofax Diary goes everywhere with me and has done for the last 20 years.  I did lose it once, but it came back to me.  I buy a new diary insert every year for about a fiver and I also have some blank pages at the front to take notes when I don't have my A4 notepad with me - for example at a business dinner or networking event.  I have a busy schedule and all my appointments and meetings get jotted down the minute I make them - but always in pencil (a golden rule) to allow for alterations.

I very rarely see anyone else using a paper diary now, so I often feel like the Last Filofaxer in the Village, but the fact is that in 40 years in business using a paper diary I have never once missed an appointment and on the rare occasions I have been late it hasn't been the diary's fault.  In contrast, I am let down at least once every month by someone who has scheduled the wrong date or time in their electronic organiser, or has lost it, or has deleted all the data (although in all fairness most electronic data deletes itself, rather than the user doing it.....).  And yes, they should have backed it up or sychnchonised online or back at the office - but they didn't know how to, or forgot, or the dog ate their network cable.

In all of the many committee meetings I attend, my paper diary is always the first to come up with the date for the next meeting "six weeks on Wednesday" and I am always the first to be able to say whether I can do it or not, and suggest an alternative.  Many associates simply don't even bother trying to ascertain their availability until they are safely back in the office and can spend an hour or two getting to grips with the task ("I'll email you later").

I don't think that I'm particulalry Luddite-like, generally.  I had a PC at home when they cost more than a small car, and when Lotus Notes came out - which I believe was the first usable electronic organiser - I thought it was a great idea, for a week or two.  For me, though, nothing electronic has ever come close to giving me the speed and ease of use of my paper diary, and I'll never give it up.   I'll accept that it's very difficult to do without electronic organisers when someone else has to make appointments for you, or when joint diaries are maintained.  Happily, in this respect, I paddle my own canoe, diary-wise.  When I eventually make my final appointment, it'll still be in a paper diary, and the diary will come with me, whichever way I go, up or down.

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By Tom 7000
27th Aug 2014 14:37

hahahahahahahahaaaaaa

 

go to the shop and buy a galaxy note 3. Its quite big but thats good as you have fat fingers. Get it in the business name, its tax deductable and you egt the vat back. Sit and read the instruction manual for 6 hours

Join face book and invite me to be a friend

 

Its a

Phone

calculator

diary

note pad

games machine

email server

facebook provider

linked in provider

 

oh and the list goes on and on

 

 

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By Kirkers
27th Aug 2014 14:51

Ok..

Tom 7000 wrote:

 

go to the shop and buy a galaxy note 3. Its quite big but thats good as you have fat fingers. Get it in the business name, its tax deductable and you egt the vat back. Sit and read the instruction manual for 6 hours

Join face book and invite me to be a friend

 

Its a

Phone

calculator

diary

note pad

games machine

email server

facebook provider

linked in provider

 

oh and the list goes on and on

 

 

Bit unsure what the 'hahahahaahahahahha' is for?

 

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By Kirkers
27th Aug 2014 16:04

Lovely

Consider yourself nominated.

When I post my video tomorrow I'll finalise it by tagging you.

Get your ice ready!

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By mrme89
27th Aug 2014 16:14

Please...

don't.

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John Stokdyk, AccountingWEB head of insight
By John Stokdyk
27th Aug 2014 16:50

Why has this nostalgic thread ended up with snarky ice buckets?

I was enjoying this until the last bit.

There's room for all sorts on AccountingWEB. We don't need the sarcasm (especially if accompanied by ice bucket threats).

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By Kirkers
27th Aug 2014 18:28

Lovely

John Stokdyk wrote:

I was enjoying this until the last bit.

There's room for all sorts on AccountingWEB. We don't need the sarcasm (especially if accompanied by ice bucket threats).

As John's already explained, it was merely a bit of fun between two friends. There's plenty of sarcasm on this forum, more often than not it's in jest.

If an occasional joke between posters isn't okay I might find another forum. Most of our posters are friendly and light hearted. Not to mention that I'd considered this quite a fun post reading people's stories about their (or not so) Filofaxes.

EDIT - I'd also agree with the other post in saying that it seems odd a moderator would criticise our comments yet we've seen many o rude/aggressive post go unnoticed.

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By mrme89
27th Aug 2014 17:09

John, apologies if it has gone off-topic. It was lighthearted jest between two friends, nothing more.

I consider myself to be severely reprimanded - feel free to censor the relevant comments.

EDIT - It's a shame the moderators can't act so quickly when other threads genuinely end up going to the dogs.

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