Although my trusty iPhone is always within easy reach, without a doubt I’m equally devoted to my old, reliable Filofax. Though many have sounded the death knell of paper planners, nothing really engenders the same emotional reaction as a loose-leaf planner filled with a calendar, note pages and To-Do lists.
My particular organizer has seen service on and off for the better part of a dozen years. I’ve tried other planners, but often their style and format were too limited for my needs. So back I turned to my elegant and trusty black Filofax personal size planner. It is a buttery soft lambskin that wears its age well. Soft and pliable and with just enough scuffing around the spine and edges, this handmade Filofax cover seems to hold memories, thoughts and events all by itself.
Personal accessories are an important part of any man’s life. The things we carry and consider special tell others what we value and consider truly special. Paper planners are tactile and personal in a way that electronic organizers – no matter how advanced – can never be. You can jot and note, doodle and make a list; turn a page or stash a newly acquired business card.
They are also reliable and portable. My computer may crash, but not my Filofax. And when that leather starts to look thoughtfully abused by time, I will be glad for the personality it imparts. Not so with my iPhone.
To me, like a flat leather folio, a worn-in Filofax is an elegant and incredibly personal item. It imparts a sense of intellectual anachronism, of curiosity and an appreciation for classics. The Filofax fits in nicely when going to meetings, can substitute for a notebook and is the perfect place for those loose scraps of paper currently cluttering up your bag.
These remarkably resilient tools have been around since 1921 and hold a certain cache due to the many elegantly constructed covers from which one can choose. An endless supply of refill pages, forms and calendar formats – sort of like paper apps – allows one to customize a Filofax to his exact needs.
My electronic tools have a prominent – vital, really – place in my life, but I am constantly drawn back to this arguably old-fashioned method of organization. But, for me at least, that is the attraction. A beautiful pen and leather-bound agenda, notebook and planner make life’s daily tasks seem a little more special. And that is one thing everyone can use.