Whenever I show my friends my A5 Filofax they usually have two remarks:
- Oh I have all that stuff on my phone and it syncs with all my devices and blah… blah…blah… And:
- How do you carry that bulky thing around with you?!
Well, I’d like to show you two bags I own that can hold a larger planner. The bag above has a shoulder strap and a handy pocket on the front so I don’t lose my keys. It’s a bit worn out now, but here’s a picture of what it looked like new.
And this bag is slightly larger, so it can hold my blogging notebook too. (Click here to see their range)
But if I don’t want to carry a big bag on my shoulder, I opt for this double-bag system. This is how I carry my university textbooks around. It’s a good system because I can carry my keys, wallet and phone in the mini shoulder bag and I never have to put it down and risk leaving it behind somewhere. The Filofax goes in the big tote bag. The tote bag usually goes in the pram, and I can put a few groceries in there too:
Sometimes I ask myself why I need to use such a large planner. Surely my life isn’t that complicated?! But with all the things I use it for, I need all that space. In it is my weekly and monthly calendar, Bill Planner (click here to download it for FREE!), blog editorial calendar, GTD system, and lots of other important information. I have thought about leaving the A5 at home and keeping a smaller planner in my little handbag, but from what I’ve read about Getting Things Done, I think it’s best to keep your planning system in the one ‘bucket’. Plus, there have been many times when I’m out and about when I’ve needed the information in my planner.
If you mainly keep your planner at work or at home, and you are used to carrying a larger handbag, then the A5 size can work for you. But I think the key to making it all work is to sort through your bag regularly and make sure you aren’t carrying too much around with you in addition to the Filofax. When I ask my friends if I can take a peek in their handbags, I’m always surprised at all the gear they carry around with them! With the planner itself, you have to go through it regularly and make sure all the pages you have with you are what you really need. It’s easy to put more pages on the rings, but harder to take them out, I guess.
I’d love to hear from you,
What do you carry in your handbag?