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Hey y’all! I’ve been wanting to share about my inbox system for awhile now, but I feel like it is always adapting and changing to fit my needs. Every time I think I am ready to tell you about it, I am inspired to do something different. I have finally decided, to go ahead and share what has been working, and if there are significant changes, I will just update you in the future. I have been in a Pocket Filofax for almost 11 months now. That’s right! Almost, an entire year! After, around three years in a personal size, I was ready to change things up.
Why I chose the Pocket Filofax.
A few months ago, I did a post on the pros and cons of personal versus pocket size planners. I won’t go into the details again, but basically the main reason I chose pocket size, was because it is much more portable. Since I started using the Passion Planner as my main schedule-keeping and goal-focused planner, I don’t need my everyday carry to be very big. Pocket is the perfect size and it keeps my system more functional. Currently, I am using a Filofax Pocket Croc. I picked it up on a buy/sell group on Facebook, but you can find them on Amazon.
What’s the Deal with the Inbox?
I first learned about the “inbox” system, from Brandy Michelle Plans on Youtube. After watching some of her videos, I picked up a copy of Getting Things Done, by David Allen. I didn’t read it right away, but I did start implementing some of the techniques I learned from Brandy. One of those, was they inbox. Now that I am half way through the book, I can explain it a little bit better. Basically, an inbox is where you collect information, throughout your day. Chances are, you already have multiple inboxes, in your life. There is your e-mail inbox, your mail box, digital storage on your phone, etc.
The easiest way to collect it all together, in one place, is to have a designated spot to put it. This is where my Pocket Filofax comes in. Instead of trying to keep up with incoming information, in multiple places, I try to capture it all in this one spot. That could mean stuffing receipts in the back pocket or it could be jotting down down a note, that I need to follow up on an e-mail I received. Over the course of a week, I am collecting information in my Pocket Filofax and then on Sundays, I spend time processing it, and putting it where it needs to go.
How I use my Pocket Filofax as an Inbox.
There are a few reasons the pocket size works great as an inbox:
- Portability. You need to be able to take your “inbox” everywhere, because you never know when and where you will need to collect information.
- Functionality. The large back pocket is great for storing larger paper items and if you need to jot notes down, it can be done quickly and easily. I even keep sticky notes near the front for this reason.
- Multitasking Ability. I want to limit the amount I have to take in my purse. A pocket size organizer, not only allows me to collect information throughout the day. It also has the ability to hold my cash, cards, coupons, and other information I may need, while I am out.
I keep an OliClip, on the front, that I use to attach appointment cards and other small notes. This helps them to be easily spotted later. I also, keep page flags handy, for marking off important pages. When I am reviewing my collected information, at the end of the day or week, the page flags bring my attention to the stuff I need to see first.
I have small monthly inserts, so that I don’t overbook myself. I also keep some daily todo list inserts, in this planner, for running errands. Following a similar routine from week-to-week, helps to make sure information is stored and processed and not forgotten. Sometimes, things slip through the cracks, but for the most part, this has been working well for me. (All inserts are from Peanuts Planner Co.)
How I use my Pocket Filofax as a Wallet.
The Pocket Croc is perfect as a wallet. I store my I.D. and cards in the back card slots and even though my checkbook isn’t an exact fit, I can easily tuck it in behind the inserts. I have more Peanuts Planner Co. inserts, that I use for tracking bills, keeping up with coupons, and making my grocery lists. The large, back pocket, holds any loose cash. A Filofax pocket insert, holds extra cards, coupons, and stamps.
Having all of this in one place, just makes life easier. If I need to run a few quick errands, I know that the only thing I need to grab, is my Pocket Filofax. Honestly, I could survive without a purse, as long as I have this organizer!
Do you have an inbox system, that works for you? Are you considering, implementing one? Let me know!
Until next time!