For today’s “Filofax Friday” topic, I’d like to share with you my new favorite daily insert called the Life Mapping System by DIY Fish. I met Fish on Instagram while sharing planner addict photos (yeah, there is such a thing) and I fell in love with her style and creativity. She has come up with the perfect system in my opinion, for daily planner tracking and bullet-journal style inserts. I have tried very hard to create a similar system on my own, but trust me – it is so much harder than you can ever imagine to get the pages to line up just right. And printing…. just forget about it.
So when I found this system, I was so excited to get my hands on it and try it out in my A5 Finsbury Filofax. I initially purchased one month of daily pages to experiment with and let me tell you, it can be confusing enough to figure out how to print, but her instructions were right on. I didn’t waste any paper, believe it or not. With the A5 size, you have to do a bit of trimming if you’re printing on letter sized paper, but it took me very little time to get it trimmed and punched. She has clear instructions right on the printed pages, where to fold or cut so there is no question what needs to be done. After they are printed, you need to do a bit of strategizing.
There are so many areas to track projects that you may become overwhelmed with where to place your tasks, so I recommend listing each area you need to track and designate the sections to particular projects. In mine, I am tracking daily Work Duties, Writing Projects, Networking, Meals, and Home Chores, which I transfer week-to-week.
The daily pages have a time table and a whole page for notes. There is also a tiny space to track your water, mood and weather – so cute and convenient! Each week has a pull-out chart so that you can code or graph your weekly tasks. I code my seven main categories with a seperate color (they coordinate with the Martha Stewart dew drops), and I mark my daily pages on the edge to match up with the corresponding category each week (I do a different task the same day every week). For example, I pay all the bills every Tuesday, I clean the whole house every Friday… so I have filled in my weekly pull-out with the same 7 tasks for the whole year. I am absolutely in love with this, and having it printed graph-paper style makes it so easy to line everything up perfectly.
Fish – You’ve done an amazing job with your creations and I feel so organized – Bravo!!!