Filofax 101 for Beginners (part 2)

I'm fairly new to the Filofax world myself, but after having done a lot of research before buying my first one, I've collected quite a few tips I'd like to share with anyone who might be thinking of getting started as well. 

Part 2 - a guide to paper

In part 1, I covered the difference in size of all the available Filofax models; in this segment I'll go into more details about the paper and layout for the different sizes.

To better understand the gap in size, if you don't want to gear up with ruler and scissors and make samples, here's a chart that shows them all together; You can easily make a rough estimate just by holding a regular sheet of paper (or comparing it to an iPhone5 if you have it).

Something you have to keep in mind, is that you will loose at least 1 cm (0.4 in) to the actual width because you'll have to punch holes in the paper.

Something you have to keep in mind, is that you will loose at least 1 cm (0.4 in) to the actual width because you'll have to punch holes in the paper.

But, will the size actually matter? It depends on your approach to planning and organizing, a more crucial decision is choose what type of diary to use in your Filofax. 

Both branded and printable diaries comes in a variety of layouts, and the main ones are:

  • Day Per Page (DPP) - that is the display of a single day (often sub-divided into hourly sections) onto one page.
  • Two Days Per Page - pretty self explanatory, displays 2 days onto one page.
  • Week Per Page (WPP) -  it displays a week on a page, sub-divided into days.
  • Week on Two Pages (WOTP) - same as above but in a two pages spread.
  • Month on One Page - often organized in a square grid.
  • Month on Two Pages - same as above but in a two pages spread.

Personal notes:

A4 & A5 - are suitable for any kind of layout: whether you want daily inserts, weekly, or even monthly, as they offer plenty of space. For the same reason, they're great to double up as proper diary, or even a scrapbook if it's your thing.

Compact & Personal - due to the narrow but tall size, they're great for bullet journaling, lists and the likes.

Pocket & Mini - are essentially a shrunken version of the A5, so depending on how busy you are, they can fit nicely both daily and weekly schedules.


I hope this helps ☺ (read part 3 here!)

ƒ. xx